Get to Know Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum!

In a recent interview, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum answered questions pertaining to the current state and future of health care. Being the Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronxcare Health System, he sees the influence of leadership, information technology, process re-engineering, and innovative design.


When asked about a trend that excites him he responded “Value-based healthcare.” This paired with his answer when asked about something that almost nobody agrees with him on, “While many people think we have a health care crisis, I see positive change on the horizon,” shows the potential progress and ideas Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has about health care. Value-based healthcare would have medical providers paid based on the outcome of patients’ health, encouraging doctors to focus on improving overall health and wellbeing of patients, not just treating when an issue arises.


Being the Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronxcare productivity is important to Dr. Kirschenbaum. When asked how he makes a typical day productive, he responds with information about connecting with others in the different industries related to healthcare through technology. He also said; “Some days I see one of my patients in the office, other days I focus on patient-centered value-improvement projects.” Those patient-centered projects are a part of the Value-based healthcare programs Dr. Kirschenbaum is helping to create. He also offered up a three-step process for bringing ideas to life.

“1. I come up with the idea.

  1. Investigate and execute the best method to make it come alive.
  2. I develop a distribution plan.

I feel it is critical to surround yourself and the idea with people who sincerely believe in why it will make a difference.”

This process also helps him continue to be productive and successful. This routine could be applied to different aspects of life, and different career fields.


Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum ultimately is an entrepreneur using his skills he gained through leadership, technology, and productivity, to better the world of health care.

Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum