Cardiologist and economist highlight Thiel College Haer Family Symposium

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College’s second annual Haer Family Symposium will feature cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar, M.D. and Johns Hopkins University economist and author Douglas Hough, Ph.D. discussing “The Healthcare Conundrum” on March 30 and 31.

Free and open to the public, the event features distinguished professionals speaking about health care from the perspective of physicians and, with an economic slant, from the perspective of patients as healthcare consumers. Jauhar is the author of two books, “Doctored” and “Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation.” He brings an insider’s perspective to healthcare, starting with his chronicle of the formative years of a doctor in “Intern” and continuing with his follow-up in "Doctored." He will speak at 7 p.m., March 30, in the Howard Miller Student Center’s Lutheran Heritage Room on the Thiel campus.

Hough, author of “Irrationality in Health Care: What Behavioral Economics Reveals About What We Do and Why,” will present at 7 p.m. March 31, also in the Lutheran Heritage Room. Using behavioral economics as an alternative to the standard tools of health economics, Hough offers a striking and patient-centered diagnosis of the ills of healthcare today.

The Haer Family Symposium takes its name from Thiel alumni Fred ’65 and Jill ’66 Haer, whose various companies have advanced neuroscientific research and helped to develop new neurological and psychiatric therapies. And, true to the College’s mission, the Haers have created opportunities for Thiel students to grow as learners and citizens.

To learn more about the event, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 724-589-2052 or

About Thiel College

Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.