Forty Under 40: Philip Blumberg
Clinic Administrator, Des Moines University
Friday, March 07, 2014 7:00 AM
Philip Blumberg likes the idea of working for an organization that is training and educating the future leaders in health care. As clinic administrator at Des Moines University, he leads a multispecialty clinic with more than 25 licensed health care providers. He also serves as a guest lecturer and chairs faculty search committees.
Mentor: Angela Franklin, president, Des Moines University
As team captain for a children’s cancer fundraiser at Des Moines University, he shaved his head as an incentive for his team to achieve its $1,000 goal.
Before joining DMU’s staff a year ago, he was director of radiation oncology for the Cyberknife Center of Iowa, an outpatient cancer center at the Mercy Wellness Campus in Clive. In addition to leading the project to get the new center constructed and operational, he helped increase profit margins across the radiation oncology enterprise in its first two years.
Blumberg, who has a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Iowa and double majored in religious studies and gerontology as an undergraduate, said he tries to follow the principles of servant leadership.
“I wouldn’t ask someone who reports to me to do something I wouldn’t be prepared to do myself,” he said. “Heck, when I was at Mercy, I wiped poop off the floor and fixed leaks in the janitorial closet.”
He and his wife, Jennifer, moved back to Greater Des Moines in 2007 when they were expecting their first child. They were living in New York, where he served in leadership positions for a large health care system. Their older daughter, Mia, is now 7 and their younger daughter, Zara, is 4.
Among Blumberg’s passions is serving on the board of Prevent Blindness Iowa, which he currently chairs. He got involved after a former classmate approached him about joining after he returned to Des Moines.
“I saw the impact that detecting a problem early can have,” he said. “The statistics are staggering, and it turns out that a lot of kids who end up in remedial programs or have disciplinary problems, they’re misdiagnosed as having learning problems, whereas they may just need a pair of glasses.”
Reasons he’s a Forty:
• Graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy and has served for the past three years on its board.
• Serves as chairman and president of Prevent Blindness Iowa and for the past two years has been the top individual fundraiser for its Light the
Night for Sight event.
• Helped develop an informal networking group, 100 Men on a Mission, which has raised more than $40,000 for local nonprofits in its first year.
• Active in Tifereth Israel Synagogue and serves as treasurer on its board of directors.
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