Parashar Patel (MPA 1991) leads Boston Scientific’s global Health Economic and Reimbursement function, focusing on the development and execution of reimbursement and health economic strategies to support Boston Scientific’s business objectives. Parashar’s team is responsible for demonstrating the economic and financial value of Boston Scientific technologies to physicians, hospitals, payers (public and private), and policy makers. Prior to his current position, Parashar was the Deputy Director of the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group; he also worked in the Office of (then) Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell.
Parashar began the MPA program as an undergraduate after being introduced to David Walker. Even before enrolling, Parashar was interested in working for a government agency, but was unsure of what he wanted for his future. Dave suggested he enroll in some graduate courses, which helped Parashar realize that the MPA program was right for him. Parashar completed his MPA on a part-time basis while working for Connecticut’s Medicaid agency. Upon receiving his degree Parashar again followed the advice of his mentor and headed to Washington as a Presidential Management Intern.
During his time in the program, he took a general administration track, knowing he wanted to be an effective leader. Reflecting on the skills he learned while completing his degree, Parashar emphasized the importance of critical analysis. The ability to take a situation, obtain the facts, and develop courses of action is an important element of any role in the public or private sector. These analytic skills are ones Parashar also desires in his team members.
When asked what advice he would give to current students of the program, Parashar provided several suggestions. He stated the importance of critical analysis and communication. Parashar reemphasized students should have the ability to assess a situation and develop options and communicate effectively to a range of audiences. The ability to provide information to be understood by both professionals and the public is a highly desired skill for any public official. He also stressed the importance of networking with those in your policy area.