Sibu Saha ’03

Dr. Sibu Saha ’03

We love reconnecting with successful alumni and were glad to find out more about Dr. Sibu Saha, a 2003 graduate of COBHA’s MBA program. Saha, a cardiothoracic surgeon, is chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency and fellowship programs at University of Kentucky Health Care in Lexington, Kentucky.

Saha received his medical degree from the Rajshahi Medical College at Rajshahi University in Bangladesh, then completed a fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He moved swiftly through the rigors and ranks of health care, and in 1995, became the founding director of the heart institute at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. That’s when Saha felt he needed some extra guidance. He had the medical expertise, but now needed to understand how to manage a business.

“When I became the director of the heart institute, I was called to attend many management meetings and felt inadequate while participating in the meetings. The language of the business side of healthcare was quite new to me. This led me to pursue my MBA at USF,” Saha explained.

“Since then,” he said, “I have been involved in many executive leadership roles at the University of Kentucky. My education in business administration has been very helpful in my pursuit of healthcare management.”

Because the MBA was delivered online, Saha was permitted to maintain his clinical practice while he obtained his degree. He now has 35 years of clinical practice in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery under his belt and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, according to his impressive synopsis, which includes a multitude of leadership positions, governance roles, academic achievements and awards.

When asked what advice he would offer to current MBA students about getting through school and using their degree to the fullest, Saha had a solid suggestion: practice.

“I would suggest that MBA students do an internship in the field of their choice,” he advised.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Saha is that he’s able to find time to serve others. “Community” and “service” (both independently, and together) are hallmarks of the education the University of St. Francis provides, and Saha is an alumnus who exemplifies that mission to a T. He was a founding member of the Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society, the University of Kentucky-Fayette County Arboretum, and the First Security Bank of Lexington. During his journey, he became a presidential fellow at University of Kentucky and also established the Saha Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education.

“I was taught by my family to give back to the community that nurtures me. There is a joy in giving,” said Saha.