Lee Pickler, DBA, MBA, MHA, PMP and Founder of CGHA

After graduation with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University in 1980 Lee sold large computer systems to hospitals. In the mid 70’s he began consulting to healthcare organizations on information systems and hospital application software.

During this early consulting period he earned a Master’s in Health Administration and a Master of Business Administration and started teaching information systems at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1981 Lee accepted a full time professorship at Baldwin Wallace University and began the coursework for his Doctorate of Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University. His dissertation title was User Perceived Satisfaction of Information Systems in Multiple Hospitals and his degree was conferred in 1987.

Highlights of his teaching career included many classes in the masters program teaching marketing strategy, strategy and policy as well as global strategy and policy. He worked on the committee to create a healthcare MBA and taught in that program. Hevisited Vietnam and taught master’s students and doctoral candidates in business.

Currently Lee is Professor Emeritus (2018) from Baldwin Wallace University. Over the past eighteen years, in addition to his teaching, Lee has been engaged with Socio-Medical Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan with Dr. Reichiro Okada and his team of healthcare professionals. He has been instrumental in planning and facilitating healthcare tour groups to the United States. He has facilitated a physician internship program for Japanese interns here in the United States and has brought speakers to Japan and presented with them at the Japan American Healthcare Forum conducted in Tokyo and Osaka. Lee plans to continue this work into the future.

Lee served in the United States army with service in Japan and Vietnam from 1965 to 1968.

Currently Lee serves on the board of Leadership Medina County and is the Chair of the Recruitment and Selection Committee for that organization.

Lee is a member of Southwest Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday School. He also facilitates a weekly men’s Bible study with Bible Study Fellowship International where he has been a participant for fifteen years.

In his free time, Lee enjoys deer hunting and fishing and has climbed Mt. Fuji four times.

Dr. Lee Pickler’s clients include:

  • Cleveland Magazine – 
Cleveland, Ohio 

  • Industrial Fasteners Institute – Cleveland, Ohio
  • E.A. Juf/ali & Brothers 
- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

  • Gene’s Refrigeration 
- Medina, Ohio 

  • AlfeHeat Treating, Inc. – Wadsworth, Ohio
  • Pioneer Standard, Packard Division – 
Beechwood, Ohio
  • Empire-Detroit Steel Division, Cyclops Corporation 
- Mansfield, Ohio
  • Garland Floor Company – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Lakefront TraiJways, Inc. – Cleveland, Ohio 

  • Fairview General Hospital 
- Fairview, Ohio 

  • Glendale Adventist Hospital 
- Glendale, California 

  • Parker Hannifin Corporation 
- Cleveland, Ohio 

  • Medina General Hospital 
- Medina, Ohio
  • Massillon Community Hospital 
- Massillon, Ohio
  • Parma Community General Hospital 
- Parma, Ohio
  • Southwest General Hospital 
- Middleburg Heights, Ohio
  • St. John and West Shore Hospital 
- Westlake, Ohio
  • Medina County Mental Health Board 
- Medina, Ohio
  • Physicians Weight Loss Centers 
- Toronto, Ontario
  • Lorain National Bank – Lorain, Ohio
  • Bank Tabungan Negara – Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr. Pickler received his Doctor of Business Administration from 
Nova Southeastern University and holds Masters Degrees in both Business Administration and Healthcare Administration.

Tours to Healthcare Organizations in America

Over the past several years, Dr. Pickler has facilitated a tour group of physicians and healthcare managers from Japan around the Cleveland and Akron areas of Ohio for the purpose of examining current practices of healthcare delivery in the United States. These programs, designed and sponsored by Dr. Reichiro Okada, have been an annual function each year. These week-long programs have included tours to hospitals with presentations by healthcare professionals. The finale of the tour has been a full day discussion about best practices and other learning experienced gained during the week. These functions have been sponsored by the Healthcare MBA Program at Baldwin Wallace University.

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Lectures in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo

In October of 2005, with the support and guidance of Dr. Reichiro Okada, founder of Socio Medical Research based in Tokyo, he brought together a presentation team and went to Japan and presented geriatric healthcare and health management issues in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. That Japan American Healthcare Symposium has been presented each year.

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Physician Exchange Program

In 2008 Dr. Okada and Dr. Pickler coordinated a program for physicians and interns to visit the United States and observe physicians and other providers in various medical disciplines. A Japanese guest would be matched with a hospital and department aligned with his or her area of interest. Some areas of interest for the dozen or more participants thus far have been psychology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, general surgery, orthopedics, brain and spinal injury, rehabilitative therapy. This two week program has been an excellent opportunity for interns to learn about their areas of work as well as experience the culture of America.

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