James Castro '19

Healthcare Investment Banking at B. Riley Securities, a B. Riley Financial Company, Senior Managing Director


Why did you choose this Master's program?
As a corporate finance professional (Healthcare M&A, Private Equity, and Strategy), I needed the foundation necessary to develop a thesis for each healthcare service sector. In other words, a profound understanding of the U.S. Healthcare System and shift towards value-based care is paramount towards developing a sound investment strategy. With 20 years of accounting and finance experience, a traditional MBA would not have yielded an optimal return on investment. In addition, adding value beyond transactional expertise has given me a sense of purpose when witnessing the favorable impact on patients while containing costs. Surroundings myself with a diverse cohort including clinical experts elevated my acumen to an exceptional level.

What made Brown's program different from other programs you considered?
Brown exhibited the academic rigor and elite reputation needed to meaningfully impact one’s career. The carefully designed coursework was more comprehensive than other programs and the cohort mix was perfectly diverse.

What did you enjoy most about your program?
I enjoyed the pace of the program. While highly demanding, the workload was an appropriate balance with personal and professional commitments. The residential sessions also worked extremely well with my schedule. I enjoy the continued relationships with peers more than anything. We regularly support each others’ career development.

What was your primary academic area of interest?
Alternative reimbursement models and care coordination are the themes that I encounter most often in my career.

What were your postgraduate goals?
I am currently completing an MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership from Oxford University. I have substantially reached my domestic goals and lead B. Riley’s healthcare investment banking practice and $50-million investment fund. The next step is cross-border M&A transactions.

What did you like most about Providence?
It’s a beautiful campus and town. We had a wonderful time while visiting.

What advice would you give to prospective applicants?
Seek practical and actionable academic programs within the context of professional studies.