Toby Gordon, ScD

Strategist, Healthcare Transformation

Associate Professor of Practice, Carey School of Business

Johns Hopkins University

Toby Gordon, ScD, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School with expertise in healthcare policy and management. She holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Surgery) and teaches in the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management (Germany) International Healthcare MBA program.


Gordon joined the Carey Business School in 2010 as a founding faculty member to develop and direct the “Discovery to Market” technology commercialization course. She was the inaugural academic program director of the Healthcare Management program at Carey.


Her teaching interests are the organization and delivery of healthcare services in the US, with a particular focus on bringing social and biomedical innovations to the market, and in creative approaches to teaching and improvements in service-based learning in business education. Her signature course uses the HBO television show, The Wire, as a case study of the social determinants of health. She also brings professional visual and performing artists into the classroom to teach applications of their art to management. She has received awards for innovative teaching from students, the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business, and the Wharton Business School Reimagine Education program.


Gordon serves as the Deputy Director for Business Strategies at the JHU Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), an NIH RO1 funded Clinical Translational Science Award. She has an extensive publication bibliography, which includes a series of peer-reviewed articles and the textbook, Evidence-Based Surgery. This work with surgery colleagues documented the relationship between quality and outcome at a lower cost for complex high-risk surgery and was used to create national cancer care guidelines and hospital quality standards. She has served on the editorial board of Surgical Innovations (2013-2016) and was co-editor of the journal Medical Innovation and Business. She has consulted numerous academic medical centers and the European Commission as an expert in the US healthcare system. She was appointed to the American Board of Radiology in 2019 as its first non-physician member. 


A lifelong Baltimore resident, Gordon is very engaged in the community through board service on corporate, non-profit, and government advisory boards and commissions. Gordon is a frequent contributor to the Baltimore Sun newspaper, writing about business and local topics. She has received numerous recognitions for her professional accomplishments and civic and government volunteer efforts, including recognition in the Daily Record’s Circle of Excellence as one of Maryland's Top 100 Woman.

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