Strategy Implemented, Inc. (SI) believes that innovation, emerging technologies and the evolving needs of the health care and education landscapes bring new opportunities and challenges to organizations in a position to make a significant and systemic impact on communities they serve near and far. SI is a purpose-driven consulting firm that uses collaborative and creative approaches to help organizations develop regionally and internationally sustainable initiatives and ventures aimed to bring communities together and improve the quality, advancement and accessibility of health care and education.
Blending our global experience and local knowledge with proven best practices, the SI team has built entities from the ground up, fostered institutional partnerships, cultivated global networks, and designed implementation-ready strategies and strategic business models for public and private organizations with a global vision.
Having worked in North America, Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean, the SI team is comprised of experienced industry professionals who have served in leadership, administrator, design and advisory roles in academic and community-based medicine, higher education, research foundations, management consulting and other sectors.
Robert K. Crone, MD | President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Crone, President and CEO, is a globally recognized senior healthcare physician executive with more than 25 years of experience leading profitable international ventures for U.S.-based hospitals, medical schools, and private industry and the non-profit health and education regulatory and accreditation community. Dr. Crone’s work at Strategy Implemented focuses on helping domestic academic health centers, medical schools and universities to develop and implement international strategies and programs, as well as assisting assessment and accreditation bodies interested in globalizing their missions and operations.
Prior to forming Strategy Implemented, Dr. Crone founded and built Huron Consulting Group’s Global Healthcare Practice and he served as Founding President, and Chief Executive Officer for Harvard Medical International, Inc., a not-for-profit subsidiary corporation of Harvard Medical School (HMS) focusing on international program development. He also served as Clinical Professor and Dean for International Programs for HMS. Dr. Crone also served as Senior Vice President for Operations at The People to People Health Foundation, Inc., (Project HOPE) and as a professor and administrative leader at both Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School) and Seattle Children’s Hospital (University of Washington School of Medicine). Dr. Crone currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of numerous healthcare organizations nationally and internationally.
Amanda Pullen, PhD | Senior Vice President
Dr. Amanda Pullen, Senior Vice President has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative strategies for academic medical institutions, including medical education and research, international collaborations, marketing and public relations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of the healthcare industry. At Strategy Implemented, Amanda leads client engagements and provides strategic, operational and business planning consulting services to clients looking to develop new initiatives and programs. Amanda uses her industry insight and experience in healthcare, higher education and medical licensure and accreditation to help organizations think through implementation-ready strategies, business models and innovative partnerships aimed to create increased value to the organization, its constituents and the overall communities it serves.
Amanda’s recent engagements include developing strategies for increasing international patient referrals, marketing a traditionally US based product/service globally, building organizational systems and infrastructure to support programmatic innovation and expansion for a number of academic healthcare centers, hospitals and universities with ties to and interest in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. Amanda has also worked with national agencies responsible for setting the assessment standards for physician education and training to provide strategic and operational direction in the design and implementation of international strategies. Dr. Pullen also
Prior to joining Strategy Implemented, Amanda worked as a Director at Huron Consulting Group and held several positions at Harvard Medical School including Executive Director of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation and Vice President of Communications for Harvard Medical International. Amanda also served as the Executive Director of the European Advisory Board for Project HOPE, and had roles in research, marketing and communications with Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for launching the first UK team in the pharmaceutical industry to be dedicated to building relationships with British National Health Service management teams.
Kate Cotter | Director of Digital Media
Kate has over a decade of experience in managing large, multi-faceted digital media projects in educational, healthcare, financial and marketing industries. Her expertise in technology innovation implementation, content development, and project management has helped clients develop award-winning websites, educational platforms, apps, games, animation, and publishing.
Kate has produced interactive media for clients including Boston Children’s Hospital, Humana, Leapfrog, Sesame Workshop, The Girl Scouts of America, Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin, The National Wildlife Federation, Reading is Fundamental, The Learning Games Network, National Academy of Sciences, and Crayola.
At Strategy Implemented, Kate provides clients with vision, strategy development and supervision of creative and programming work related to the design and maintenance of digital media platforms including digital learning environments. Kate works closely with clients to strategically develop web-based and emerging technology plans for new and existing initiatives that align with institutional objectives.
Amanda Chin | Director, Engagement Management
Amanda leverages her industry knowledge and client support experience in healthcare, higher education, technology implementation and creative services to mobilize teams, develop and manage organizational systems and processes, and plan marketing communications efforts.
At Strategy Implemented, Amanda manages the client engagement continuum — from business development through project management and execution process. Working alongside SI teams, Amanda provides process oversight and support on project inputs and deliverables, while ensuring client and team expectations are met. Amanda identifies best practices, flexible tools and processes that can be adapted and standardized to increase workflow efficiency. Her role at SI also includes contract and resource management, client relations, systems support, knowledge management, and communications.
Amanda also provides research and analysis to help clients build strategies for introducing new products or services and adopting new technologies and solutions. With events management experience, Amanda also supports clients in designing and organizing engaging community-building meetings in the US and internationally.
Michael “Mick” Merritt | Senior Consultant
Mick has over twenty years of experience in healthcare and academic medicine as both a management consultant and hospital executive. His consulting experience spans clinical, education, and research related strategic and operational consulting in the US and abroad with major academic medical centers and health systems. His hospital leadership experience spans strategy, business development, and operations where he demonstrated the ability to grow large and effective teams quickly. Mick was most recently Vice President of Global Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), the teaching hospital for Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medicine. In this role, he focused on positioning NYP for referral and revenue growth domestically and globally through direct-to-patient strategies, physician network development, institutional collaborations, employer programs, strategic alliances, and global education and training programs in collaboration with the senior leadership of NYP and its medical school partners.
Previously, Mick spent over ten years as a health care management consultant and was formerly a Senior Engagement Manager at the Chartis Group and Principal with CSC’s Global Health Solutions. After developing a deep foundation of hospital and medical school operations focused consulting, he focused more on strategic planning, new program development, and new facility development. While at Chartis, Mr. Merritt worked with leaders at Harvard Medical International on strategic development projects in the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and South Korea.
Denis Geary, MB, MRCP, FRCP | Senior Consultant
Dr. Geary joined Strategy Implemented in 2016 as a Senior Consultant providing his deep and diverse experience in academic medicine to healthcare engagements. Dr. Geary grew up in Ireland and received his medical degree from University College Dublin in 1973. He completed his pediatrics residency training in Tennessee and his Pediatric Nephrology fellowship at the University of Florida, before returning to the British Isles for four additional years of training at Cork Regional Hospital, Guy’s Hospital in London, and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He joined the Nephrology Division at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto in 1983 and went on to serve as Division Chief of Nephrology for 13 years. He was appointed Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto in 2000, and served as President of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Nephrologists from 2001-2003. During this time he was also Medical Director for the partnership between SickKids Hospital and Hamad Medical Corporation, promoting academic excellence in the department of Pediatrics. From 2014 – 2016, Dr Geary served both as a consultant as well as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar where he was responsible for developing the overall academic mission as well as recruitment of senior clinical and academic leaders for this new North American-centric academic women and children’s medical center.
Marcellina Mian, MDCM, MPHE | Senior Consultant
Dr. Mian joined Strategy Implemented in 2016 as a Senior Consultant for medical education engagements, providing expertise in two key areas – the first relates to the design, development, and implementation of innovative approaches to undergraduate medical education and program evaluation, and the second relates to Child Protection. Dr. Mian has gained her experience in undergraduate education in a multinational setting, having obtained her medical degree from McGill University and conducted her pediatric training at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the New England Medical Center in Boston. She obtained a Master’s in Health Professions Education from Maastricht University and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Mian held several teaching and leadership positions in Boston-area hospitals before joining The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (Canada) where she was Professor of Pediatrics, with a cross appointment in the Department of Public Health. Dr Mian was also Director of Undergraduate Medical Education. Most recently, as Associate Dean for Medical Education at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), Dr Mian was responsible both for enhancing the performance of international students within the US-based curriculum and also for leading the efforts to gain accreditation for the program from the New York State Medical Board.
Dr. Mian is very active at the local, national, and international level in organizations that aim to prevent child maltreatment. She was Medical Director of the Child Protection Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and at SickKids, she was a member of the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program for 26 years. As a member, and one-time President of the International Society for the Protection of Child Abuse (IPSCAN) Dr. Mian provided consultation to the World Health Organization on developing guidelines for an integrated multisectoral approach to child maltreatment prevention worldwide. In Qatar, Dr. Mian was part of a group of professionals at Hamad Medical Corporation that established a hospital-based SCAN team.
Benjamin Sachs, MB BS DPH | Senior Director
Dr. Sachs is an globally renowned academic physician and executive leader with extensive experience in senior management positions. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine at Tulane University where he led the school’s comeback from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and helped build a new, city-wide, primary care network serving 200,000 people and oversaw multibillion dollar hospital replacement construction projects.
Prior to this at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Dr. Sachs chaired the department of Ob/Gyn, helped build and led a 1500 member Harvard-affiliated physician organization (IPA) and led a major, award-winning patient safety and quality care initiative with the Department of Defense, that revolutionized the way medical errors could be prevented – “Teamtraining”. He also engaged in NIH funded, ground breaking research and led international development projects in the Philippines, Ukraine and in Armenia. He serves on the governing board of the AAMC.
Dr. Sachs joined the SI team in 2014 and advises on a range of supportive programs to AMCs, community hospitals, health science campuses, medical schools as well as local, state and federal governments to improve the quality and efficiency of health programs while accommodating the challenges of the current environment.