Orlando Julian, MBA
ORLANDO A. JULIAN is currently vice president of operations for Superior Health Plan in the Hidalgo service delivery area. He joined Superior Health Plan in late 2011 in order to prepare and assist the company with its expansion of operations into the South Texas region. Mr. Julian has a master’s degree in business administration from UTPA and is also trained as a physician.
With over 15 years of experience in the administrative and operational aspects of health care, Mr. Julian has held important executive positions in multi-location physician offices, hospitals, home-health agencies and managed care organizations in both Florida and Texas. Most recently the State of Texas’ managed care expansion and the passing into law of the Affordable Care Act has brought about many sweeping changes affecting physician practices that either have already been implemented or are planned to take effect in the very near future. One of Mr. Julian’s goals is to focus on the operational aspects of physician practices and how they must change in order to successfully comply with these new rules and regulations.
Mario Garza, MSW, MBA
A well seasoned, health care administrator with over 20 year experience, in hospital administration, physician practice management, home health, pediatric rehab, consultant and as an Educator - within the UTPA MBA program for physicians. Experiences from all of these settings, offers the Continuing Education student - a comprehensive, insightful, prospective to the local medical market place. He also has a track record of patient advocacy and lobbying to protect the rights and benefits of special needs populations. He has earned an Masters in Business Administration from UT Austin and also a Masters in Social Work from St. Louis University.
His teaching style utilizes a Harvard Case Analysis methodology – the establishment of basic concepts, which are then applied to analyze real life situations. Students are then ask to present their findings in both a small group setting and open class. Participants will evolve a broad range of managerial skills, to better administer, market and adapt to changing medical market conditions. Mr. Garza is currently employed as the Associate VP, for Plan Operations, for Molina HMO where he covers the San Antonio and South Texas Markets in his role.