Podcast Episode 29 – “How I Built My Clinical Practice and Sold It for $132 Million” with Dr. Tom Davis

Dr. Tom Davis

Episode 29 – More and more physicians feel burned out, jaded, and fed up with corporate health care systems.  But, over half of all physicians remain in the employed physician model.  If that’s the best path for you, no problem!  But, Dr. Tom Davis thinks that it’s worth it to be your own boss.

In today’s episode, he’ll tell us how he built a small three-person clinical practice in rural Missouri into a regional powerhouse.  Eventually, he sold it for $132 million!  You think that couldn’t be you too some day?  Well, think again!!  Dr. Davis assures us that physician entrepreneurship is alive and well.

If you’re thinking about leaving medicine, maybe you should instead be thinking of ways to leverage your business into a more efficient and more profitable enterprise.  This conversation is incredibly inspiring.  I’m pumped for you to hear his story and then go out and write a new one of your own!


“The goal you should have is to create systems that are not only thriving, but are anti-fragile.”

 – Dr. Tom Davis


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Meet Dr. Tom Davis

Dr. Tom Davis

Dr. Tom Davis, MD is THE national expert in value-based healthcare delivery and full-risk insurance contracting. A family physician for over 25 years, angel investor, founder of 6 companies, co-founder of 8, he has successfully managed thousands of patients under Medicare Advantage and other value-based care programs. He is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and trusted advisor.

Before creating Tom Davis Consulting, Tom was a founder and leader of one of the nation’s first value-based health systems, Patients First Healthcare of Washington, Missouri.  Dr. Davis helped grow a small primary care medical group into an integrated regional powerhouse.

Today, as the founder and president of Tom Davis Consulting, Tom enables clients to leverage value-based systems for sustainable revenue generation, strong clinician engagement and the delivery of superior patient care.  Connect with Dr. Davis at tom@tomdavisconsulting.com.


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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to episode 29 of The Scope of Practice Podcast.
  • 01:17 – Subscribe to the podcast, and please leave a review!
  • 02:20 – Join the “Business and Personal Finance for Physicians and Dentists Facebook Group
  • 02:43 – This week’s sponsor is The Student Loan Planner
  • 03:36 – Introduction to Dr. Tom Davis.
  • 04:36 – Welcome to Dr. Tom Davis.  He shares his origin story from a small practice in rural Missouri to selling his practice for $132 million!!
  • 07:21 – Dr. Davis says that he was very surprised that he was able to grow the practice to such a massive level.
  • 09:33 – As Dr. Tom Davis proved with his entrepreneurship, the employed physician model isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.
  • 10:58 – The idea that we are trading autonomy for financial security is nonsense.  Financial security is an ILLUSION!!!  If you want true financial security, you need multiple streams of revenue and you need to not be dependent on an outside source for your income.
  • 13:11 – Not everyone is destined to be a physician owner.  That’s ok!  But, in that case, you need to develop a skill set to enable you to thrive in the corporate environment.
  • 14:35 – Lack of knowledge and expertise in running a business is not a barrier to starting and running a business.  An MBA is especialy not required, according to Dr. Tom Davis.
  • 17:47 – If you want to scale your business, you need to create systems!  Build layers of work and leadership that will amplify your efforts.  Automate, delegate, and simplify!
  • 22:39 – At what point is it time to bring on new people into your organization?  You do it when there is a new value goal that you can’t do without someone.  
  • 23:59 – The #1 thing that kills new businesses is debt!
  • 25:13 – Dr. Davis describes the importance of having multiple streams of revenue.  If your only source of revenue is third party payers, you are on very unsteady financial ground.
  • 28:19 – The goal you should have is to create systems that are not only thriving, but are anti-fragile.  COVID has proven that the most robust systems can crater in a moment if not built on a solid foundation.
  • 31:06 – There are no mistakes, only “design opportunities.”  Just because something isn’t working the way it was supposed to doesn’t mean it can’t work better.
  • 32:06 – Telemedicine is here to stay!  Dr. Davis says it’s more efficient and highly desirable for delivering high-value, cost-conscious care.  But, it is a net positive or a net negative?  Either way, it’s here to stay.  Dr. Davis thinks it represents a tremendous opportunity for enterprising clinicians.
  • 37:18 – Dr. Davis discusses his foray into side hustles and the transition away from clinical medicine.  He says, don’t be afraid to charge for your services.  You are worth it!  If you want to do it, do it with intentionality!
  • 40:33 – How do you achieve work/life balance?  If you want to do a side hustle, how do you make sure that you have time for your job and your family.
  • 42:44 – Connect to Dr. Tom Davis.
  • 44:15 – Summary of the episode.
  • 45:07 – This week’s free resource: The 10 Day Simple Clinic Makeover
  • 46:18 – signing off


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