Robert Karpman

Robert Karpman

  • Professor of Practice

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Faculty Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Healthcare


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Robert Karpman received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Phoenix, while he was the director of the Phoenix Orthopedic Residency Program. Karpman has been an entrepreneur for most of his 34 years in the healthcare arena. During his residency in orthopedic surgery, Karpman worked with a well known orthopedic company to develop a new device to aid in the healing of fractures. The device was later manufactured and marketed by the company. Later, he received his own patent for a bone screw to aid in the fixation of fractures that occurred in osteoporotic individuals that was later licensed to another orthopedic manufacturer. As a busy clinician, he developed a high quality medical education program in Phoenix, AZ, performed both clinical and basic science research, wrote a book and many articles in peer review publications.

Following his clinical career, Karpman became a chief medical officer at two community hospitals. Since the summer of 2015, he has devoted most of his time to serving as an adjunct professor in the biomedical engineering department at Cornell University and recently has taught a course he developed entitled "Business as a Second Language: From Molecules to Moola!" to introduce basic business and managerial skills to graduate science, engineering, and technology majors.

Karpman also serves as the director of the Business Minor for Life Science Majors in the Charles H. Dyson School for Applied Economics and Management, which is part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He was recently appointed to a professor of practice position at Dyson, and also the graduate faculty in applied economics and management. He has added several courses to the curriculum to encourage students in the life sciences to pursue business and management skills during their undergraduate experience. He also serves as a mentor in the Blackstone Launchpad Program at Cornell.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2019) Marquis Who’s Who

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4661 - Business Simulation Capstone for Business Minors in Life Sciences
  • AEM 4355 - Healthcare Entrepreneurship: Perspectives and Controversies
  • AEM 3251 - The Business Laboratory and New Venture Management
  • AEM 1600 - The Business of Modern Medicine

Academic Degrees

  • MBA University of Phoenix, 1991
  • MD University of Pennsylvania, 1977