Robert Connor

Assistant Professor

651-690-6616

raconnor@stkate.edu

Dr. Connor has a BA with honors from Princeton University, an MHA from Duke University, and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Catherine University, Dr. Connor has been the co-founder of a community health center, an associate director of a teaching hospital, a tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, and the founder and CEO of medical device and wearable technology companies.

Dr. Connor has published in Academic Medicine, Health Affairs, Health Care Management Review, Hospital & Health Services Administration, Inquiry, International Journal of the Economics of Business, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, Managed Care, Medical Care Review, Topics in Health Care Financing, and even Cosmo Magazine. According to a study of top journals in healthcare management, Dr. Connor has published in 6 of the top 11 journals. Dr. Connor was honored as inventor of the year by the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association and noted as one of Minnesota's top inventors in Twin Cities Business Magazine. Dr. Connor has been the primary investigator on federal grants and served for several years on a grant review panel for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Connor has taught courses on financial management, health economics, healthcare financial management, healthcare innovation and quality improvement, healthcare policy, internet search, management of non-profit organizations, the medical device industry, new product development, and the pharmaceutical industry. He has received an award as teacher of the year. He also has highly-honed Frisbee skills.

  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Health applications of wearable technology

Ph.D., Health Economics
Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Master of Healthcare Administration
Duke University

Bachelor of Arts
Princeton University, Honors

Program teacher of the year while at the University of Minnesota

Inventor of the Year by the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

One of Minnesota's top inventors in Twin Cities Business Magazine

Dr. Connor has been the primary investigator on nationally-competitive federal grants, served for several years on a grant review panel (Health Care Technology Decision Sciences Study Section) for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and was also a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Grant topics include: the effects of horizontal hospital mergers on efficiency, profitability and consumer prices; recruiting and retaining physicians/specialists in small rural hospitals; and consumer discount rates for health and money in health care cost effectiveness analysis.

Dr. Connor's work experience includes: management in the field as a senior-level hospital administrator; teaching and research as a tenured faculty member of the University of Minnesota; and the creation of intellectual property and product development as the founder and CEO of start-up technology companies.

Dr. Connor recently spoke on a panel with an executive from Jawbone at the Design of Medical Devices conference in April, 2015. He also spoke on a panel with wearable tech company CEOs at the Wearable Tech Expos in New York in July, 2014 and in Los Angeles in December, 2013. Areas of particular interest and product focus include mobile full-body motion capture, mobile EEG monitoring, wearable caloric intake monitoring, and electromyographic clothing.