Cristian Lieneck


Cristian Lieneck

Adjunct Professor





Dr. Lieneck has over ten years of practical experience in the field of healthcare administration with a strong focus in medical group practice management (physician practice administration) - and over a decade of preparing future healthcare leaders in higher ed.

He began working in the healthcare field while in high school as a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT) and was later commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer (MSC officer) in the United States Army. As a Lieutenant, Dr. Lieneck led a garrison medical clinic and a field medical evacuation platoon in the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR). Upon promotion to the rank of Captain, he served as the Executive Officer and Dental Company Commander for the Fort Carson Dental Activity - consisting of four outpatient dental practices and one hospital-based oral surgery clinic.

Dr. Lieneck's military leadership as a healthcare administrator has been recognized by all of his previous senior combat-arms (armor) and combat service-support (medical/dental) military officers, including having been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) upon completion of his ROTC scholarship service obligation.

Dr. Lieneck has since held healthcare leadership positions in organizations such as the Community Living Assistance Support Services (CLASS) program for the Texas Medicaid-Waiver Program (Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services), Austin Radiological Association (ARA), as well as serving as the medical group practice administrator of an Austin-based physiatry and pain medicine physician group practice, consisting of multiple locations and an outpatient procedure suite in central Texas.

Dr. Lieneck is a fellow and board certified in medical group practice management by the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), the credentialing body of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) – the premier professional association for medical group/ambulatory care practice administrators. He is a fellow and board-certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a fellow in the Academy of Healthcare Management (AHM). He is also a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), credentialed through the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Dr. Lieneck continues to participate in professional leadership roles at national, state, and local levels. He is a faculty member with the American College of Healthcare Executives and teaches the Healthcare Finance module for the Board of Governors FACHE exam review course and has been elected as the Regent for Central/South Texas, District 4. He has been appointed and continues to serve as the MGMA Forum Representative for the state of Texas. He serves the profession by participating on various committees with other local, state, and national professional organizations. He is an active member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and serves as a program reviewer to ensure the quality of healthcare management education.

His research interests include healthcare value (directed towards finance and marketing perspectives), practice administration (ambulatory care), and healthcare administration andragogy. He enjoys conducting research, teaching and developing future healthcare leaders, playing music (classic rock/guitar and bluegrass/mandolin), and, most importantly - spending time with family.

Education & Certifications

  • PhD Adult, Professional, & Community Education, Texas State University
  • MHA Healthcare Administration, Texas State University
  • BS Natural Sciences, Xavier University

Courses Taught

  • Evolving Healthcare Systems
  • Quantitative Methods and Metrics
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Healthcare Accounting
  • Healthcare Finance and Reimbursement
  • Healthcare Operations Management and Quality Assurance
  • Healthcare Strategy - Capstone

Awards, Recognitions, Research & Selected Published Work

  • AUPHA Teaching Excellence in Practice Management and Ambulatory Care Award, Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). 2023
  • Presidential Distinction Award - Teaching, Texas State University. 2023
  • MGMA Lifetime Achievement Award, Medical Group Management Association. June 2021
  • Lieneck, C. H., Pacheco, G. J., Cole, M., Hipp, L., Leal, G., Matamoros, K., … Torres, C. (2024). Patient Co-Creation Initiatives in the Ambulatory Care Setting during COVID-19: A Systematic Review. Medicina. Published.
  • Lieneck, C. H., McLauchlan, M., & Phillips, S. (2023). Healthcare Cybersecurity Ethical Concerns during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic: A Rapid Systematic Review. Healthcare. Published.
  • Lieneck, C. H., Gallegos, M., Ebner, M., Drake, H., Mole, E., & Lucio, K. (2023). Rapid Review of “No Surprise” Medical Billing in the United States: Stakeholder Perceptions and Challenges. Healthcare. Published.
  • Lieneck, C. H., McLauchlan, M., Adachi, V., & Billings, R. (2023). Stakeholder Perspectives of the Inflation Reduction Act’s (2022) Impact on Prescription Drugs: A Narrative Review. Pharmacy. Published.
  • Lieneck, C. H., Connelly, E., Ireland, D., Jefferson, A., Jones, J., & Breidel, N. (2023). Facilitators and Barriers of Oral Healthcare for Women and Children with Low Socioeconomic Status in the United States: A Narrative Review. Healthcare. Published.
  • Lieneck, C. H., Bair, J., Ardell, S., Aldridge, B., & Austin, B. (2023). Facilitators Associated with Nursing Burnout in the Ambulatory Care Setting as COVID-19 Subsides: A Rapid Review. MDPI-Healthcare. Published.