Stand Out Without Standing Alone.

About the Founder
Steven E. Swanson, MD, MBA

I was fortunate enough to enjoy a long and fulfilling career in Neurological Surgery having trained at Mayo Medical School and the University of Michigan. As a practicing neurosurgeon I had a number of opportunities to serve my physician colleagues in a variety of medical staff and neurosurgery leadership roles early in my career. In 2010, I completed a 16-month formal training program at the Mayo Clinic designed for physician and administrative staff identified as potential candidates for future Mayo leadership positions.

I founded 3Pines in part because

in the course of that program and then subsequent career roles as a health system executive and Chief Medical Officer for a global medical device company, I came to believe that the very qualities that made physicians good at being a doctor might get in the way of their becoming effective leaders.

I noticed there was need for someone who had worked as a neurosurgeon, a health system leader, and a corporate executive to work with physicians who wanted to transition their careers from clinical practice to executive leadership.

3Pines M.D. Strategies, LLC is a boutique healthcare consulting firm specializing in

physician executive leadership coaching

health system neuroscience program development

neuroscience practice development

We are uniquely qualified to bring differentiated value to our clients, as our principal consultant is a clinically experienced, board-certified neurological surgeon with executive level hospital, health system, and global corporate medical leadership experience.

The Mission

Empower physicians and their colleagues to achieve their career goals and lead initiatives that will improve the lives of the patients they serve.

The Vision

Being a valued partner for physician leaders, health system leadership teams, and medical technology companies that seek to improve the care, the clinical environment, and technology that will positively impact their patients’ outcomes.

The Values

We aspire to elevate and inspire our clients as they navigate their careers, develop their clinical programs and create break-through technology with innovation and purpose. Our three tenets—Excellence, Empathy, and Execution—define the core values of 3Pines M.D. Strategies, LLC.

Steven E. Swanson, MD, MBA

Steve is a highly respected, board-certified neurological surgeon with extensive clinical and business leadership experience. He is a team oriented, approachable leader dedicated to delivering excellence for the organization and team he represents. With over 25 years of neurosurgical clinical practice combined with executive level hospital, health system, and global corporate medical leadership responsibilities, Steve has an unprecedented ability to discern and navigate complex healthcare strategies involving clinical care, corporate medical and scientific affairs, and integrated health system neuroscience strategies.