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Around The Health Tech World: Ernst & Young Americas CMO, Dr Yele Aluko

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Dr Yele Aluko

Dr Yele Aluko is Chief Medical Officer at EY Americas Business Consulting Health Sector.

He is a proven physician, executive and leader, with 25 years of clinical and administrative health system experience prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP in 2016.

Dr Yele advises health system clients on strategy, business and clinical operations, providing C-Suite executives insight on health industry megatrends and enterprise growth opportunities.

He is a leader in the development of the EY Point of View on Health Equity and has designed solutions for clients seeking competencies relevant to elimination of health disparities and achieving health equity.

What is your morning routine?

My mornings are fairly structured. I’m at the gym by 7:00 am Monday through Friday for my hour-long workout. I like to get that in before I start the workday as it clears my mind and invigorates my body.

My weekends look a bit different.

On Saturdays, I golf barring significant conflicts or weather constraints, and Sundays I’m back at the gym with my trainer. This particular session helps set me up for the week and gives me the extra reinforcement that I need.

Which technology could you not live without?

My cell phone. I am not addicted to it, but I use it as a conduit of information. I like to soak up the news on the phone, especially from around the world.

How do you relax?

I enjoy golfing and listening to jazz music to help me unwind. I also like some time to myself after a long week.

Which quote resonates with you?

“There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river downstream. We need to go upstream to find out why they are falling in.” – Desmond Tutu

What is the best thing about your job?

Among the many things I love about being EY Americas Chief Medical Officer, the best thing in my opinion is that it provides a platform and opportunity for local, national and global impact.

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be and why?

Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and others of their ilk.

I’d like to get a peek into the minds of such people to learn about the psychology of persons who are willing to sacrifice all for the benefit of social equity and justice.

What is the one thing that we are not talking about?

There are several conversations we avoid as a society because they are uncomfortable for obvious reasons. Societal injustice, and the preservation of privilege by subjugating others is one.

Those that benefit from this behaviour fight to preserve it for themselves and their descendants. Those that don’t, aspire to achieve it. This is a human condition, and it continues to happen across all races and cultures.

Would you rather travel 100 years forward or back in time?

I would not want to travel back 100 years, as I am keenly aware of the degree of societal inequity that I would encounter here in the USA.

I would be happy to travel 500 years back in time to the African continent to witness the African empires that then existed spanning vast geographies with spheres of political and economic dominance in the world.

And if the world continues on its current trajectory, I fear there might not be a place to travel forward to in 100 years.

We all need to do our part to make sure we change the current course, helping to stop climate change and other geopolitical risks that threaten the human existence.

What advice would you give to an 18-year-old you (and would you have listened to you!)?

As you decide on a profession in medicine, be sure to explore several adjacent areas within the industry that may supplement your learning and prepare you to be the most impactful healthcare provider.

And yes, I would have listened to sage advice from those I respected.

What is your biggest regret?

I don’t have any, because I use every disappointment as a teachable moment. Not just my personal ones, but those I witness in others also. I treat them all as lessons to be learned from.

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