Neel Karne, MD

Neel Karne

University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin School of Business

Graduation Year: 2019

Current Job: General Surgeon, Beloit Health System


As a leader at the Beloit Health System, I need advanced business skills to keep up with the system’s organizational decision-making. Working there for the last five years, I have had the opportunity to join multiple committees and leadership groups but always felt like I could not fully understand a lot of the discussions. Many conversations around the financial aspects of medicine were unfamiliar, and I was not able to contribute in a meaningful way. My Wisconsin Executive MBA is now giving me the tools to work through business problems and communicate effectively with different stakeholders in my organization.

The field of health care is rapidly evolving, and I need to stay ahead of the curve. There are various changes in not only governmental policy but in the modernization of the delivery of health care. There is a new focus on efficiency, quality, and most importantly patient satisfaction and outcomes. The physicians of today are expected to not only be good doctors, but they are quickly becoming the leaders in the health care industry that are driving the latest trends.

Steve King's course "Values-Based Leadership" is by far the best course I have ever taken. The course was so applicable to my daily work that after every class meeting, I would write down ideas that I could set in motion as soon as I got back to work the following day.

The program allows me to learn an incredible amount from experienced professionals in different fields.

—Neel Karne (MBA ’19)

Working with a diverse group of individuals has truly opened my eyes to how other industries and workplaces function. The health care management and leadership structure is so different from other industries. The program allows me to learn an incredible amount from experienced professionals in different fields. In addition, even though we have only been together for less than a year, we are not only peers but have all become close personal friends. We share each other’s accomplishments and support each other in challenging times.

The introduction to finance and economics has made a world of difference for me when I am at board meetings. For the first time in five years, when the CEO is reviewing the financials, I feel confident that I understand the information he is conveying. The Wisconsin Executive MBA Program is helping me excel in the business side of my job. Now, I actively seek out leadership roles in order to challenge myself and test new knowledge. The courses, content, and interactions with professors and peers have also allowed me to grow as a physician and even as a father and husband.