Dr. Tara Bishop '93 honored as Alumna Fellow

Hopkins was honored by a visit from Dr. Tara Bishop ’93 who has been named a 2018-2019 Alumnus Fellow. Dr. Bishop is an Associate Clinical Professor at Cornell Medical School and Chief Clinical Strategy Officer at Bind on-Demand, a health insurance start-up. Dr. Bishop has devoted much of her career to making healthcare in the U.S. more accessible and better quality for hundreds of thousands of people. Bishop spoke at an all-school assembly, during which she shared the importance of listening to your heart and following your passions, which led her to move away from practicing medicine toward building a health insurance startup. She also spoke about the challenges and joys of being a working mother. She urged the students to be the captains of their own lives, and offered five pieces of advice to aid them on that journey: “follow your heart, create a vision for yourself, build connections with people around you, and keep learning."

Following assembly, Dr. Bishop enjoyed a breakfast reception in Heath Commons attended by her former adviser JoAnn Wich and math teacher Clay Hall, as well as members of the Alumni/ae Fellow Committee. Later in the morning, she attended a HARPS class (Hopkins Authentic Research Program in Science) where Dr. Encarnacao and student Vivian Wen ’20 explained the research they are conducting with tiger fish. She also attended Mrs. Harris’ AP Biology class, where she and the students discussed the intricacies and challenges of the U.S. health care system.


Dr. Tara Bishop is the Chief Clinical Strategy Officer at Bind – a health insurance start-up company that is at the forefront of disrupting healthcare to make it more affordable, more accessible, and better quality for hundreds of thousands of people. In her role, Tara leads teams that use data analytics to predict healthcare costs and design a better health insurance product. Tara is also an associate clinical professor at Cornell Medical School in New York City.

Tara is passionate about improving healthcare and has worked to do so for over twenty years. Prior to joining Bind, Tara was the medical director and a senior expert at McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm. In this role, Tara helped to transform healthcare by designing new ways to pay for and delivery care. She served multiple state, federal, and private programs and led teams of data experts, consultants, and clinicians.

Prior to McKinsey, Tara was a professor of Medicine and Healthcare policy at Cornell Medical School where she researched cost and quality issues in healthcare, directed the health policy and evidence-based medicine courses for medical students, directed quality improvement, and cared for patients as a primary care doctor. She has published almost 50 research articles which have been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and others.

Tara graduated from Hopkins in 1993. While at Hopkins she sang in the concert choir, performed in numerous school musicals, and belonged to the math team.

Tara did her undergraduate studies at MIT where she majored in chemical engineering and music. She attended medical school at Cornell and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Tara frequently lectures and writes about improving healthcare. She’s particularly interested in ways that data analytics and technology can transform the field. Tara also loves to speak and write about motherhood and the joys and challenges of being a working mom.

Tara has lived in New York City for over twenty years. In her spare time, she loves having adventures with her three sons William, Grant, and Cole and most recently is obsessed with her two-month-old puppy Lucy. Tara is an avid reader and belongs to four book clubs. Her favorite time of the day is at 5 am when she can read in bed while everyone is asleep.