Mark Graban's - Lean Healthcare, Lean Hospitals, Healthcare Kaizen, Lean Thinking, Lean Manufacturing, Toyota Production System

Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of “Lean Healthcare,” as a consultant, author, keynote speaker, and blogger. Mark is also the Vice President of Improvement & Innovation Services for the software company KaiNexus.

Mark's motivation is to apply Lean and Toyota Production System principles to improve quality of care and patient safety, to improve the customer/patient experience, to help the development of medical professionals and employees, and to help build strong organizations for the long term.

He is the author of the book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (Productivity Press),which was the first healthcare book selected for a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award in 2009 and is being translated into eight languages. A 2nd revised edition  was released in November, 2011. A 3rd edition was released in June, 2016.

Mark has also co-authored a new book, titled Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements, which was released in June 2012 and also given the Shingo Research Award in 2013. A newly revised and condensed edition, The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen:  Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization  was released August, 2013.

His most recent project is an eBook titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation.

He is the founder and lead blogger and podcaster at, started in January 2005.

Mark earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations Program (previously known as Leaders for Manufacturing). Mark has worked in automotive (General Motors), the PC industry (Dell), and industrial products (Honeywell). At Honeywell, Mark was certified as a “Lean Expert” (Lean Black Belt).

Since August 2005, Mark has worked exclusively in healthcare, where he has coached leaders, staff, and teams at client sites around the world, including medical laboratories, hospitals, and primary care clinics.

From 2005 to 2009, Mark was a senior consultant with ValuMetrix Services, a division of Johnson & Johnson, where he led projects in the United States, Canada, and England. He currently consults independently for healthcare organizations.

From June 2009 to June 2011, Mark was a Senior Fellow with the Lean Enterprise Institute, a not-for-profit educational organization that is a leading voice in the Lean community. In that role, he served as the Director of Communication & Technology for the Healthcare Value Network, a collaboration of healthcare organizations from across North America, a partnership between LEI and Catalysis (formerly the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value). Today, Mark is a faculty member for LEI and Catalysis.

Mark is a popular speaker at conferences and private healthcare meetings. Mark has spoken and coached organizations across the U.S., in multiple provinces across Canada, and other countries including Finland, Holland, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, and China.

He has guest lectured at schools including MIT, Wharton, the UT Health Science Center Clinical Safety and Effectiveness course, and Ohio State University and has served as a faculty member for the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has been quoted and interviewed in many publications, including Health Affairs and the New York Times. Mark is also a speaker for Studer Group.

Mark has been honored as a Dipomate member of the Society for Health Systems.

Mark and his wife live in the Dallas / Forth Worth Texas area. Mark serves on the board of the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, the board of the AME Southwest Region, and on the advisory board for the  Michigan Lean Consortium. Mark is also an advisory board member for the startup technology company Homeward Healthcare.


Check out this post about “Where I Got Started With Lean.”

Often misspelled as “Mark Graben” or “Mark Grayban” (putting this in here for the sake of search results).