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Maria Chandler, MD, MBA

Maria Chandler
MD/MBA Faculty Advisor Maria Chandler, MD, MBA

The UC Irvine MD/MBA program was founded in 1998, making it one of the oldest dual-degree programs in the United States. Since that time, UC Irvine has taken a national leadership role in the development of physician leaders.

Students and faculty continue to forge the way for the program’s development. At UC Irvine's School of Medicine, we believe that training an elite group of physicians in the aspects of business will equip them to address pressing issues, such as the national healthcare budget, Medicare and Medicaid, healthcare policy, managed care ethics and cost, team building and effective management, cutting-edge biomedical research, business start ups, and the integration of information technology with healthcare.

The UC Irvine MD/MBA joint degree program is aimed at individuals who are exceptional in ability and motivation and who seek a career as physicians with major responsibility for administration and management in health care organizations and institutions. Students in this program pursue a combined curriculum for an MD degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine (SOM) and an MBA degree from the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business.

Interested students apply to the program during their second year of medical school.  A variety of related opportunities are offered to students prior to that time. No previous business studies or work experience is necessary to apply.


Maria Chandler, MD, MBA
MD/MBA Faculty Advisor, U.C. Irvine
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics Associate Clinical Professor, 
Paul Merage School of Business President, Association of MD/MBA Programs 
mchandle@uci.edu