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Alex Harris

Partner, Washington DC
Alex serves healthcare providers on a broad range of topics, including corporate strategy, M&A, and operations and is a leader in the practice’s growth-capability area

About Alex

Alex is a partner in the Healthcare Systems & Services Practice. She has served healthcare providers on a broad range of issues, including corporate strategy, M&A, and operations and is a leader in the practice’s growth-capability area. She also has experience across a range of provider types, including public-sector clients, academic medical centers, and children’s hospitals.

Examples of Alex’s recent client work includes the following:

  • valuing an academic medical center system’s potential purchase of a local competing hospital system and advising the client on negotiating posture given likely competitive bids
  • defining potential partnership models and joint strategic opportunities focused on market growth and efficiency improvements for two hospital systems
  • developing the initial combined market-growth strategy for a health system jointly formed by a medical school and its affiliated teaching hospital
  • designing a major payor’s portfolio strategy for payment innovation, reviewing its portfolio of payment-innovation strategies, assessing the strategies for potential impact and scaling feasibility, and recommending changes to the approaches portfolio for better strategic-goal achievement
  • leading the specialty-access and patient-experience diagnostic for an academic medical center and supporting subsequent recommendation implementation

Prior to rejoining McKinsey in its Washington, DC, location, Alex was an investment analyst with Essex Woodlands, a growth-equity and venture-capital firm based in New York, where she focused on investments in healthcare services and medical technology. Alex was also a business analyst in McKinsey’s New Jersey office. Alex holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in economics and biomedical science.

Past experience

Essex Woodlands
Investment analyst


Harvard Business School
MBA, management

University of Pennsylvania
BAS, biomedical science

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
BS, economics