Newsmaker: Dr. Jeffrey Banyas
Family: Wife, Joann; children Jenna, 22, Julie, 18 and Jordan, 15
Education: Bachelor’s degree in science at Penn State, part of the school’s pre-med program; medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia; master’s of business degree from George Washington University in Washington
Occupation: Banyas is a board-certified otorhinolaryngologist — known as an ear, nose and throat specialist — in solo practice. He maintains Washington County offices in McMurray and Washington and serves on the executive committee at Canonsburg General Hospital.
Noteworthy: An advocate for physicians, Banyas recently received his MBA. He intends to remain in private clinical practice and says the business training will help him speak out for medical doctors.
Quote: “When you go into the practice of medicine, we learn to be clinicians. But we’re increasingly under pressure from large corporations — health systems, hospitals, vendors — that operate within a completely different culture than we do. I wanted to learn their culture. To doctors, they seem to speak a different language, and I wanted to learn how to communicate with them.”