This year's most influential people in health care

Troy Parks , News Writer

Among the attorneys general, administrators, justices, senators and representatives, many physicians made Modern Healthcare’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. This year, 17 AMA members were honored.

AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, made the list at No. 27 just two months after his inauguration. Dr. Gurman recently spoke out against the mergers of four major health insurers and will lead AMA efforts as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act begins next year.

Robert Wachter, MD, made the list at No. 58. Dr. Wachter is an associate chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California—San Francisco, which is a founding member of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium.

These physicians and AMA members joined such notables as President Barack Obama at the No. 1 spot, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt came in at No. 10, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at No. 5. The honorees were nominated by their peers and voted on by both readers and senior editors of Modern Healthcare.

Other AMA members include:

  • No. 29: Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic
  • No. 30: John Noseworthy, MD, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • No. 41: Atul Gawande, surgeon, professor, writer and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health in Boston
  • No. 44: Gary Kaplan, MD, chair and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle
  • No. 47: Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association
  • No. 51: Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association
  • No. 53: Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
  • No. 62: J. Mario Molina, MD, president and CEO of Molina Healthcare Inc
  • No. 65: Mark Chassin, MD, president and CEO of the Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
  • No. 77: Tejal Gandhi, MD, president and CEO of the National Patient Safety Foundation in Boston
  • No. 78: Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, president of clinical services and chief medical officer of HCA in Nashville and chair of the American Hospital Association
  • No. 88: Eugene Washington, MD, president and CEO of Duke University Health System
  • No. 96: Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, chairman and CEO of NantHealth
  • No. 97: Victor Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine
  • No. 98: Troyen Brennen, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health

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