RLI Podcasts

Episode 39: Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR


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Leading at the Intersection of Healthcare and Business 


October 21, 2021

In this episode, Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR, academic neuroradiologist, author and Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, shares his cross-coast and international leadership journey with host Geoffrey Rubin, MD, MBA, FACR. After completing his undergraduate education at Harvard College, medical school at Stanford University, and residency at both the University of California San Francisco and University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lexa went on to earn an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

Having always been interested in the intersection between healthcare and business, he has been able to leverage his clinical and business acumen in a variety of academic, research and teaching roles including as a visiting professor at the Université de Bordeaux in France, Professor of Business Development in the Life Sciences at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, member of the adjunct faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he taught students in the Global Consulting Practicum as well as working as a strategic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in their healthcare practice and founding a boutique health care strategy group called LSG Ventures.

Dr. Lexa has put his experience and skills to work for a number major organizations in US radiology including Chief Medical Officer for the Radiology Leadership Institute, Chair of the ACR International Economics Committee and a member of the ACR International Commission. In the past, he also served for six years as a founding co-chair of the Future Trends Committee for the ACR.

Join us to hear the moment he decided to become a radiologist, why he is so passionate about the importance of leadership training for radiologists at all levels, what excites him most about the future of radiology and to learn about one very special pot-bellied pig who has become a part of his family.

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Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR

Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR is the author of the book: “Leadership Lessons for Success in Health Care” which takes a systematic approach to developing medical leadership skills. He is an academic neuroradiologist and is currently a Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh where he also does global radiology work for UPMC International. Previously, he served as a Professor, the Associate Chief and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Leadership in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona. He began his career in France with a visiting position at the Université de Bordeaux, and has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Professor of Radiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine where he was also the Vice Chair.

Did You Know?

Dr. Lexa and his wife eloped to Australia to get married and spent their honeymoon on a live-aboard SCUBA diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef. They have been married for 22 years. Together, they have two sons, both in college. One son attends Cornell University and the other is at the Naval Academy. In addition, Dr. Lexa and his wife have two dogs, Rocky and Gabby, and a Vietnamese pot belly pig named Pyper.

Dr. Lexa likes to bike both for fun and for commuting. He learned to fly airplanes and loves doing that when he has time. Additionally, he and his wife still SCUBA dive and ski. Dr. Lexa loves to travel. He has worked on five continents for Wharton and has visited over 70 countries. He particularly enjoys traveling in the Spanish countryside and his favorite big city has always been Paris.

Before becoming a radiologist, Dr. Lexa considered a career as a scientist and engineer. After becoming a radiologist, Dr. Lexa has had some side careers including strategic consultant, venture capitalist and business school professor, but he’s never wanted to give up being a neuroradiologist.

His favorite cuisines include Spanish, French and Szechuan restaurants. Some of his favorite wines are from Priorat in Spain but the thing Dr. Lexa drinks most (like most radiologists) is coffee! And on a rainy day off, Dr. Lexa enjoys watching classic movies, especially film noir.

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