Dr. Deborah Shlian began her consultancy as Shlian and Associates in 1990. She is a board certified Family Practitioner and MBA with over sixteen years of managed care experience as both a clinician and manager who brings a unique perspective to health care searches and consulting.
Her husband, Joel Shlian, MD, MBA joined the firm in 1994. Joel is also a board certified Family Practitioner and MBA with a strong business and managed care background.
In 1996, the company moved its corporate office to Florida, maintaining a west coast office as well.
Both principals are active in healthcare management organizations such as the American College of Physician Executives and the American Association of Health Plans. They are always keeping abreast of the changes in medicine and in particular, managed care.
Deborah and Joel are both frequent contributors of articles and textbooks on current issues.
Additionally, they have over a dozen associates with offices across the country, all with strong health care backgrounds, who are called upon to assist with specific searches.
They consult with health care clients of all sizes, helping them to build high-performance management teams and systems vital for success. They assist physicians, managers and clinicians with their own practices as well as with managing in health care settings.
Initially, the firm concentrated on physician executives. As clients have requested broader services, the Shlians have also helped to identify entry, middle and senior level non-physician managers for various enterprises including established as well as start-up health plans, academic institutions, utilization review and healthcare consulting companies.
Their mission is to continuously improve the services that they provide through innovative thinking, responsiveness and follow-through. In this way, they have become leaders in health care executive search.