Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and other health professionals nationwide have stepped up to help save lives. To recognize this ongoing work, hospital and health system CEOs, federal officials, administrators, chief health officers and other experts in the medical field were named to Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in health care. Many of those who made the list were physicians. Among this year’s honorees, eight are AMA members, but topping the list are the nation’s health professionals on the front lines of COVID-19 care.

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AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, was named to the list. Dr. Bailey is recognized for the AMA’s defense of physicians on the front lines working to save the lives of patients with COVID-19. She is also recognized for taking on the false claim that doctors are misdiagnosing patients with COVID-19 for financial reasons. Read Dr. Bailey’s viewpoint, “The assault on physicians and science must end.”

Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah, also made the list. Dr. Harrison is recognized for recruiting about 50 physicians, nurses and other health professionals to travel more than 2,000 miles to New York. They helped ease mounting pressure and stress on Northwell Health’s struggling caregivers who were seeing the initial surge of patients with COVID-19.

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These physicians and AMA members are joined by notables such as Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD. The honorees were nominated by their peers and voted on by both readers and senior editors of Modern Healthcare.

Other AMA members include:

  • No. 11: Stephen Hahn, MD, commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration.
  • No. 23: Richard Isaacs, MD, executive director and CEO of Permanente Medical Group, an AMA Health System Program Partner.
  • No. 38: Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic.
  • No. 83: Wyatt Decker, MD, CEO of OptumHealth based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
  • No. 85: Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH, chief safety and transformation officer of Press Ganey Associates in Boston.
  • No. 93: Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief health officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Oakland, California.

Read about this year’s top physician leaders and see the full list at Modern Healthcare.

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