Faculty & Research

Ron Menaker

Adjunct Faculty : Management Department

Ronald Menaker has 28 years of experience in medical group practice. Currently, Menaker is the administrator for Cardiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Previously, he was the administrator for Psychiatry and Psychology and administrator for Faculty Development in the Department of Medicine, Rochester. Before joining Mayo Clinic, Menaker was the executive vice president of Prevea Health Services in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and an assistant director of Patient Care at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Menaker has an Ed.D. in organization development from the University of St. Thomas, an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin and is a CPA. He is on the faculty of the Health Care UST MBA and Augsburg College teaching leadership and organization development. He has been actively involved in the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), serving on both boards of directors, and is past chair of ACMPE. 

Leadership in health care provider organizations has been the primary focus of teaching and consulting engagements, especially as it involves physicians and allied health staff.  Transformation leadership is of particular interest.


Academic Background

Ed.D., organizational development, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota
M.B.A., finance, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
B.S., industrial psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Professional Experience

  • Administrator, cardiovascular services, Mayo Clinic

Teaching Focus

  • Leadership
  • Organization development

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
  • Previous board chair and chair, American College of Medical Practice Executives; member of : Certification Commission
  • Member, Association of University Professors of Health Administration (AUPHA)

Major Works

  • Cook, D.A., R. S. Bahn and R. Menaker, "Speed Mentoring: An Innovative Method to Facilitate Mentoring Relationship," Medical Teacher 32:8 (June, 2010): 692-694.
  • "Leadership Strategies in Healthcare," Journal of Medical Practice Management 24:6 (2009): 339-343.
  • Shanafelt, T.D., C. P. West, J. A. Sloan, P. J. Novotny, B. A. Poland, R. Menaker, T. A. Rummans and L. N. Dyrbye, "Career Burnout and Burnout Among Academic Faculty," Archives of Internal Medicine 169:10 (2009).
  • Wichman, C.L., P. J. Netzek and R. Menaker, "Preparing Psychiatric Residents for the 'Real World:' A Practice Management Curriculum," Academic Psychiatry 33:2 (2009).
  • Shanafelt, T. D., C. P. West, G. A. Poland, N. F. LaRusso, R. Menaker and R. S. Bahn, "Principles to Promote Physician Satisfaction and Work-life Balance," Minn Med 91:12 (2008):41-43.
  • Menaker, R. and R. S. Bahn, "How Perceived Physician Leadership Behavior Affects Physician Satisfaction," Mayo Clinic Proceedings 83:9 (2008).
  • "Good leadership requires good conflict management," Medical Group Management Association, Connexion 5:7 (2005).
  • "Write Power - Using a Journal for Professional Development," Medical Group Management Association, Connexion, 2:4 (2002).
  • "The Need for and Use of Mentoring in Group Practice," Medical Group Management Journal 40:1 (1993).

Teaching Awards

  • Fritz Wenzel Faculty Award, University of St. Thomas Health Care MBA