Harvard honour for senior anaesthetist

Rowan Molnar has been appointed a scholar and faculty member of the Harvard Macy Institute. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Rowan Molnar has been appointed a scholar and faculty member of the Harvard Macy Institute. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

SENIOR specialist anaesthetist Rowan Molnar is preparing to spend a lot more time in the US after being appointed as a Harvard Macy Institute scholar and faculty member.

Dr Molnar returned to Tasmania on Friday from Boston, where he had been running a course on leadership and innovation in healthcare.

Dr Molnar said the Macy Institute combined the work of Harvard's medical and business schools to incorporate lessons learnt in the business world into the medical industry.

"It's a huge honour and a massive privilege to be up with the very, very, very cutting edge people involved in innovation in healthcare," he said.

"Part of it is the consultation or consulting services we provide to chief executives of healthcare organisations, medical licensing boards, and corporations worldwide involved in the healthcare industry have come to seek advice and help."

The course Dr Molnar was involved with last week at Harvard mainly focused on the issue of 'creative disruption,' which he said Australian healthcare systems had so far failed to adapt to.

"(Creative disruption) is a principle of innovating products or services which maybe aren't so good to begin with but they quickly reach the kind of quality the community needs at a lower cost," he said.

Dr Molnar said he hoped he would be able to use his new role to help improve health systems at home in Tasmania.

"I'm really the messenger, and if people want me to help come up with innovative procedures, products or services I can draw on the whole network of the Harvard Medical School."

Dr Molnar is also the head of discipline, anaesthesia, at the University of Tasmania clinical school's Launceston campus.

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