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Richard M. Biery, M.D., MSPH, FACPM,
P.O. Box 30221
Kansas City

Senior consultant in governance, health-related integrated strategic thinking, high performance & quality improvement, measurement and analysis science, inter- and intra-organizational relations, and community and population-based health.

Dr. Biery is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota earning a BA (chemistry), BS, and MD followed by an MSPH at the University of Missouri in epidemiology and community health management. He was additionally trained at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in international health, served in Vietnam as an epidemiologist, and completed his military as preventive medicine officer and acting medical commander for Ft. Drum, NY. Further training included health institutional and organizational management. He is specialty board certified in preventive medicine, the branch of medicine that includes population health and management science. After completing training in preventive medicine, he joined the Kansas City Missouri Health Department in 1972 and became Director of Health for Kansas City, Missouri, in 1975, a cabinet post under the city manager, with policy oversight for indigent medical care systems involving two hospitals (including mental health services), a long term care facility, five community clinics, and a comprehensive EMS system as well as all public health functions for the city. Furthermore, included in his experience is several years as Chair of the City Ethic Committee. Dr. Biery left the city of Kansas City in April of 1998 in order to teach and consult.

Dr. Biery’s personal skills and extensive management and governing board experience present a strategic blend of high level leadership, governance, and management science as well as the field of medicine. Besides knowledge and skills accompanying his administrative and medical specialty training, he includes in his skill set Policy Governance®* for governing boards (is a graduate of the Carver Academy in Policy Governance), strategic thinking (including training in Hoshin Planning), substantial knowledge in performance and quality improvement, health data, measurement and analysis, effectively working with people, an understanding of organizational and group dynamics, broad experience facilitating inter- and intra-organizational relations, and has had training in systems thinking, dynamic modeling, and “lean” (streamlined) process design.

Because Dr. Biery has been both a physician with clinical experience and a trained administrator and executive officer, having worked closely with physicians and health staff of all types and across the spectrum of health care organizations, he brings a comprehensive view and integrative systemic approach to any consulting project undertaken by BBG. This integrative capacity is rare. It provides the capability to hold the big view simultaneously with the details at the ground and understand what goes on at the community and population health level, hospitals, clinical care settings, nursing homes, health departments, and EMS systems.

Dr. Biery, who has been a clinical professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, an adjunct associate professor at KU Medical Center, and a lecturer at the University of Missouri -Kansas City Bloch School of Business, serves on and has served on numerous organizational boards, including hospitals, nursing homes, foundations, public authorities, a college, and other local human service organizations. He has served on national boards and committees and was president of the US Conference of City Health Officers and a regent to the American College of Preventive Medicine. He lectures throughout the nation on issues related to organizational values and ethics, governance, performance and quality improvement, the effective use of health information and data, and issues related to community health and epidemiology.

Besides having served on many boards (over thirty) in the charitable community, Dr. Biery has extensive experience as a leader in the Christian faith community. In addition to serving on his church board, including as past chairman, he currently serves on a Bible college board and has been its chairman, (and was briefly an interim president as well), and is currently chairman of an international mission organization that has moved to Policy Governance®. He also has considerable experience consulting to faith-based organizations of a wide variety.

He is president of his own consulting firm, The BroadBaker Group, Ltd. (a virtual company with professional associates available from around the country) which offers consulting and coaching in health strategy and governance, focusing on breakthrough high performance strategies for organizations, interorganizational relations (collaborative and negotiated initiatives), prevention science, data and information usage, and inferential and analytical skills.

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