Just What the Doctor Ordered: Johns Hopkins Business Professor Provides Prescription for Financial Success for Physicians and Dentists

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Yuval Bar-Or, a Johns Hopkins business professor, demystifies financial planning in his new book, Pillars of Wealth: Personal Finance Essentials for Medical Professionals.

Most medical professionals graduate without sufficient knowledge of finance. This deficiency often leads them to make sub-optimal decisions for their families and businesses.

Most medical professionals (e.g., dentists, physicians) complete their residency or fellowship without sufficient knowledge of business and finance. This educational deficiency often leads them to make sub-optimal decisions, exposing their families and businesses to a variety of risks. The challenges are compounded by confusing financial products, uncertain health care regulations, and unscrupulous salespeople pitching the latest financial fad.

The objective of the Pillars of Wealth book series (http://pillarsofwealth.org/) is to provide practical and nuanced advice medical practitioners can use to make better financial and business decisions for themselves, their families, and their private practices. Better decisions can mean a more productive career, a happier home, earlier retirement, and greater financial freedom. The book series is designed specifically for physicians, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, and alternative health practitioners, yet applies to any professional seeking plain explanations and guidance on financial decision making.

Book 1, Personal Finance Essentials for Medical Professionals, aims to level the financial playing field for individuals and families. Book 2, Finance and Business Essentials for Medical Practices, aims to help health professionals manage and grow their private practices. (Book 2 is forthcoming in April, 2014).

Yuval Bar-Or is a leading expert in decision-making in the context of risk, and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School, where he primarily teaches investments, wealth management, and risk and accountability courses. He is the author of seven books, including Is a PhD for Me?, Leveraging People for a Corporate Turnaround, Crazy Little Risk Called Love, as well as the Play to Prosper and Pillars of Wealth series (http://tlbcorp.com/).

Dr. Bar-Or has been a contributor on Forbes.com and has been quoted in various media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Baltimore Sun, TheStreet.com, American Public Media, Bankrate.com, Washingtonian, Investopedia.com, AdvisorOne.com, InvestmentNews.com, Consumers Digest, FoxBusiness.com, US News & World Report, and Morningstar.com. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and undergraduate degrees from McMaster University.

In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Yuval Bar-Or is the founder of The Light Brigade LLC (http://lightbrigadecorp.com/), a Maryland-based consulting company that helps its clients make better financial and managerial decisions through the management of risk. The firm also offers financial literacy education services to medical professionals.

Personal Finance Essentials for Medical Professionals is available at Amazon.com

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