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Leadership in Healthcare

Dr. Roy Jensen: A Journey to Saving Lives – Joel Goldberg Media

Leadership / June 14, 2022

Leadership – in healthcare or in baseball – is a journey, not a destination.

As a motivational speaker, I draw on my years of experience storytelling as a host and reporter for the Kansas City Royals to help teams in the corporate world. My interviews with players focus on topics like trust, communication and culture that apply to sports just as much as they do in business, and it’s a privilege to share those lessons with organizations so they can strengthen their own teams.

Rounding the Bases is my podcast about leadership and culture with a baseball twist, and regular discussions with business leaders keep my current with top of mind issues. One recent interview focused on leadership in healthcare. And it turns out, lessons from the baseball diamond even translate to the world of medicine.

Dr Jensen headshot for Joel Goldberg's podcast about leadership in healthcare

I was joined by the brains and unrelenting passion behind a truly remarkable achievement nearly two decades in the making. Dr. Roy Jensen is a brilliant pathologist, widely published scientific authority and the Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

His vision put Kansas City on the map, medically speaking, and was a process he will admit was no walk in the park. With persistence, he led the effort in earning our region its first ever NCI designation, a major success in itself. But there was still room to become even better.  

Under Dr. Jensen’s tireless guidance, the University is now well on its way to becoming a comprehensive cancer center, a rare appointment reserved for the most elite. He’s on the cusp of the ultimate achievement, and only time will tell what he accomplishes next.


SINGLE: Leading the Change

Dr. Jensen built his team from the ground up. The University of Kansas had been successful for more than 100 years without a cancer center, so many asked, “Why now”? Dr. Jensen recruited the best group in the region to join him. And with commitment and connection, together they earned the prestigious NCI Designation. 


Double: Raising Resources

Storytelling sowed Dr. Jensen’s success. He successfully raised more than $1B in resources from organizers, government and philanthropy since his 2004 hire. In the years since, Dr. Jensen has continued to educate and his efforts have culminated into his most recent grant. It includes a 1.700 page document detailing the work that has been done as well as what’s left to do. 


TRIPLE: Abundant Capital

Dr. Jensen shared that for the first time in history, researchers’ progress is being bound by resources, not intellectual capital. To illustrate, in the past 10 years, there have been more than 50 leukemia drugs approved. In the 50 years prior, there were fewer than 10. There has never been a more exciting time to be at the forefront of cancer research. 


HOME RUN: Healthcare Leadership in Action 

When Dr. Jensen started this endeavor in 2004, Kansas City was the largest city in the United States without an NCI designated center. As a born and raised Kansas Citian, Dr. Jensen felt incredibly motivated to help bring one to the region.  Leading the effort and watching its impact was the realization of his ultimate professional purpose. 

Listen to the full interview here or tune in to Rounding the Bases every Monday and Thursday, available wherever you get your podcasts. 

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