About Konstantina Rowald, Project Lead
Key Strengths: Project management, hospital operational master planning, due diligence, pharmaceutical and diagnostic sector
Value Partner Since: 2019
Personal Interests: Travel, biking
How a molecular biologist became a healthcare consultant
Dr. Konstantina Rowald has a strong background as a research scientist. She changed careers to become a healthcare consultant because she wanted to help effect change on a large, broad scale.
At Siemens Healthineers Value Partners, she has that opportunity — helping large hospital systems and healthcare providers expand, boost patient experience, optimize their workflows, keep pace with the digitalization of healthcare, and plan for the future.
“In the end, every consulting project is a bit of a scientific project, because you have to think of strategies and find new ideas that nobody has yet thought about — something that just might be possible.”
Why the switch from molecular oncology to healthcare consulting?
Over time, she came to realize that while her scientific pursuits were driving her towards ever-greater specialization, she was more interested in making a difference on a broader scale. “I wanted to influence the healthcare market of the future,” she says. So, in 2016, she changed course and became a healthcare consultant, even managing her own firm for a time. In 2019, Konstantina joined Siemens Healthineers Value Partners for Healthcare Consulting.
“What I like about the biomedical field is the broadness of it and the influence it has on so many different topics. I was never the type to specialize too much,” she explains. “But still, I love the analytical side of science. I love the thinking process.”
What makes being at Siemens Healthineers Value Partners so special
Konstantina also values the team spirit she has experienced working with her colleagues and peers at Siemens Healthineers. She has found her Value Partners coworkers to be collaborative and approachable. "It’s not like being on a work team, more like being with a group of friends.”
“What attracted me was exactly this vision, that I wanted to influence the healthcare market of the future.”
On the complexities of hospital planning
Her natural curiosity extends to exploring the world
Anticipating the future is a necessary part of the present
As an example, Konstantina cites the value of her scientific background in preparing facilities for the future of medicine. While molecular biology may not seem relevant right now, molecular techniques such as mass spectrometry and next-generation sequencing may soon be commonplace in healthcare facilities.
She also sees similarities between consultancy and scientific exploration. “In the end, every strategic project is a bit of a scientific project, because you have to find a strategy that nobody has thought about yet – something that just might be possible.”