Many influential physicians share common trait: AMA membership

Robert Nagler Miller , Contributing News Writer

A majority of those who made Modern Healthcare’s 2017 list of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders”—26, to be exact—are AMA members.

Topping the list in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots are AMA members Tom Price, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, respectively. Not far behind were Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, at No. 5, and David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at No. 6.

James L. Madara, MD, the AMA’s executive vice president and CEO, also made the list—at No. 38.  

The recognized leaders, who work in the private and public sectors as well as in academia and at the helm of foundations, were nominated by their peers and were selected by the readers and senior editors of Modern Healthcare, an influential trade magazine for health care executives published by Detroit’s Crain Communications.

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Other AMA members making the list are:

  • No. 11: Steven Corwin, MD, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
  • No. 12: Gary Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle.
  • No. 13: Ronald Paulus, MD, president and CEO of Mission Health in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • No. 14: Lynn Massingale, MD, chairman and founder of TeamHealth in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • No. 16: Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, president of clinical services and chief medical officer of Hospital Corporation of America in Nashville.
  • No. 18: Larry Kaiser, MD, president and CEO of Temple University Health System in Philadelphia.
  • No. 21: Eric Topol, MD, founder and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California.
  • No. 22: Lynn Simon, MD, president of clinical operations and chief medical officer of Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • No. 23: Sachin Jain, MD, president and CEO of CareMore Health System in Cerritos, California.
  • No. 26: Mark Chassin, MD, president and CEO of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
  • No. 27: Robert Wachter, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • No. 28: William Roper, MD, chief executive officer of UNC Health Care System and dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • No. 29: Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • No. 30:Tejal Gandhi, MD, chief clinical and safety officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • No. 32: Troyen Brennan, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
  • No. 34: Paul Rothman, MD, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.
  • No. 35: David Pryor, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Ascension in St. Louis.
  • No. 39: Richard Migliori, MD, executive vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis.
  • No. 40: Nick Turkal, MD, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee.
  • No. 45: William Conway, MD, CEO of Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit.
  • No. 49: Darrell Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington.

The release of this list comes shortly after the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago, where the AMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution calling for physicians’ heightened participation on boards of nonprofits, for-profit corporations, and others organizations whose products and serves relate consumers’ health and well-being.

The resolution states that there is “significant evidence that the participation of physicians in the governance of many health care organizations is associated with higher business performance, clinical quality and social outcomes” and that “physicians have special expertise with complex clinical outcomes data, can add to a board’s cognitive diversity, have a reputation for altruism and can offer special competitive insights.”

Read about Modern Healthcare’s 2017 top physician leaders.

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