About Saum

Dr. Saum Sutaria leads our work on provider performance in the Americas, which encompasses advisory support for hospitals, systems, physicians’ groups, ambulatory care models, integrated delivery, and government-led delivery. His focus is supporting large-scale performance transformations for healthcare delivery systems, especially in the context of ongoing reform initiatives.

Clients around the world—including more than 15 major US health systems in 75 markets, as well as health systems in Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom—have looked to Saum for guidance. His experience spans corporate and business-unit strategy, clinical operations effectiveness, clinical quality and patient-safety improvement, clinical IT strategy, purchasing and supply management, physician engagement, international growth and partnerships, and health-system reform.

Collaborating with McKinsey colleagues and others, Saum has published several articles exploring how providers can improve their business models and adjust to healthcare reform initiatives. For example, a McKinsey Quarterly article delves into the microeconomics of personalized medicine.

Published work

"Unlocking the potential of academic and community health system partnerships," McKinsey & Company, February 2016

"The access imperative," McKinsey & Company, February 2015

"Should providers launch health plans?," McKinsey & Company, February 2015

"Provider-led health plans: The next frontier—or the 1990s all over again?," McKinsey & Company, January 2015

"When M&A is not the best option for hospitals," McKinsey & Company, December 2013

"Winning strategies for participating in narrow-network exchange offerings," McKinsey & Company, May 2013

"The post-reform health system: Meeting the challenges ahead," McKinsey & Company, May 2013

"Engaging physicians to transform operational and clinical performance," McKinsey & Company, May 2013

"Clinical operations excellence: Unlocking a hospital's true potential," McKinsey & Company, May 2013

"The smarter scale equation," McKinsey & Company, May 2013

"Service-line strategies for US hospitals," McKinsey Quarterly, July 2008

Past experience

University of California at San Francisco
Associate clinical faculty


University of California at San Diego

University of California at Berkeley
BS, molecular and cellular biology

University of California at Berkeley
BA, economics