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See who made the list of most influential people in health care

Hospital and health system CEOs, federal officials, administrators, senators 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, 14 are AMA members.

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AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, was named to the list. Dr. Madara is recognized for the AMA’s focus on reshaping medical education. In May, the AMA announced that 37 schools were participating in the $15 million AMA Reimagining Residency initiative, an outgrowth of the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.

Vivian Lee, MD, a radiologist and president of Verily Life Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also made the list. Dr. Lee is recognized for her work with clinical and engineering teams to develop products and platforms for health systems. Dr. Lee also oversees Google Health. Verily began a joint venture with Sanofi on diabetes and is expected to expand into other chronic diseases.

The trade magazine’s list of influential people is chosen by peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare. Everyone on the list is determined to be the most influential in the industry in terms of leadership and their impact on health care.

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These physicians and AMA members are joined by notables such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The honorees were nominated by their peers and voted on by both readers and senior editors of Modern Healthcare.

Other AMA members include:

  • No. 16: Donald Rucker, MD, an emergency physician and national coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington.
  • No. 20: Robert Grossman, MD, the CEO of New York University Langone Health in New York City.
  • No. 26: Marc Harrison, MD, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.
  • No. 45: Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.
  • No. 51: Atul Gawande, MD, a surgeon, best-selling author and CEO of Haven Healthcare in Boston.
  • No. 53: Wyatt Decker, MD, CEO of OptumHealth in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
  • No. 57: Carolyn Clancy, MD, deputy undersecretary of the Veterans Health Administration in Washington.
  • No. 61: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH.
  • No. 62: Jeffrey Balser, MD, president and CEO of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
  • No. 68: Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Oakland, California.
  • No. 85: Susan Turney, MD, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System in Wisconsin.
  • No. 88: Mark Schuster, MD, founding dean and CEO of Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in Pasadena, California.
  • No. 89: Gary Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle.

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

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