• Rubin Pillay is a high performance, versatile and commercially astute healthcare executive offering a twenty eight year career of impressive successes in healthcare as a clinician, academic, leader and innovator/entrepreneur .He is a medical futurist and a Professor of Healthcare Innovation and is currently the Assistant Dean for Global Health Innovation at the School of Medicine, as well as being the Chief Innovation Officer of the Health System at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He was previously the Daniel White Jordan Chair and the founding Executive Director of the Center for Health Systems Innovation in the Spears School of Business and Center for Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. He is a Family Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist who holds a PhD in Business Administration, an MBA and an MSc in Health Management. Prior to taking up his current position, he headed up programs in Health Leadership (with a focus on Operational Excellence) at the McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government (Pennsylvania, USA) and the School of Business and Finance (Cape Town, South Africa). He has substantial international teaching and consulting experience and a global reputation as a healthcare innovation and innovation management specialist. He is widely published in the field of Strategic Health Leadership and his current work focuses on the role of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the transformation of health and healthcare. He is the first President of the International Society of Healthcare Entrepreneurship Education and Research (ISHEER), a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow in Health Innovation and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health. He is an acclaimed and sought after keynote and public speaker.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Nurse leaders and the innovation competence gapNursing Outlook.  64:255-261. 2016
    2013 Microenterprise growth at the base of the pyramid: A resource-based perspectiveJournal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.  18. 2013
    2011 The Skills Gap in Nursing Management in the South African Public Health SectorPublic Health Nursing.  28:176-185. 2011
    2010 Towards a competency-based framework for nursing management educationInternational Journal of Nursing Practice.  16:545-554. 2010
    2010 Strategies to attract prospective students to the nursing professionInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.  7. 2010
    2010 The skills gap in nursing management in South Africa: A sectoral analysis: A research paperJournal of Nursing Management.  18:134-144. 2010
    2010 The skills gap in hospital management: A comparative analysis of hospital managers in the public and private sectors in South AfricaHealth Services Management Research.  23:30-36. 2010
    2010 The skills gap in hospital management: A comparative analysis of hospital managers in the public and private sectors in south africaJournal of Health Management.  12:1-18. 2010
    2009 Work satisfaction of professional nurses in South Africa: A comparative analysis of the public and private sectorsHuman Resources for Health.  7. 2009
    2009 Retention strategies for professional nurses in South AfricaLeadership in Health Services.  22:39-57. 2009
    2008 Physician perceptions of managed care strategies, and impact of these on their clinical performance, in the South African private health sectorHealth Services Management Research.  21:1-13. 2008
    2008 Work satisfaction of medical doctors in the South African private health sector 2008
    2008 Defining competencies for hospital management: A comparative analysis of the public and private sectorsLeadership in Health Services.  21:99-110. 2008
    2008 Managerial competencies of hospital managers in South Africa: A survey of managers in the public and private sectorsHuman Resources for Health.  6. 2008
    2008 The skills gap in hospital management in the south african public health sectorJournal of Public Health Management and Practice.  14:E8-E14. 2008

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and Management, University of Cape Town 2003
  • Master of Business Administration in Business / Commerce, University of Cape Town 1997
  • Bachelor's Level Degree in Medicine, University of Cape Town 1987
  • Full Name

  • Rubindhiran Pillay