100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems

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Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems" based on leaders' healthcare experience, awards they've received and their commitment to quality care. Many of the leaders were nominated by their peers, and the list was vetted by industry experts. Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Physician leaders are presented in alphabetical order.

David Abelson, MD. President and CEO of Park Nicollet Health Services (St. Louis Park, Minn.). Dr. Abelson joined Park Nicollet as an internist in 1983 and served as chief clinical officer and executive vice president and CMIO before being named president and CEO in 2010. He is a current board member and past chairman of the Institute for Clinical Systems Integration, now called the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.

Richard Afable, MD. President and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). As president and CEO of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Dr. Afable oversees two acute-care hospitals, five urgent care centers and seven health centers. He previously served as executive vice president and CMO of Newtown Square, Pa.-based Catholic Health East. He was also founder, president and CEO of Preferred Physician Partners, an Ohio-based physician practice management company.

Steve Allen, MD. CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio). Named CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital in July 2006, Dr. Allen oversees the hospital's research institute, foundation and the Center for Child and Family Advocacy in addition to the hospital itself. Prior to his current position, he was a physician, scientist, teacher and executive at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Allen is board certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine.

Steven M. Altschuler, MD. President and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Altschuler has served as president and CEO of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since 2000. He previously held the positions of physician-in-chief and the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at CHOP and professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Altschuler serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the Free Library of Philadelphia and University HealthSystem Consortium.

Ken Anderson, DO. Chief Medical Quality Officer of NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). Dr Anderson has served as chief medical quality officer of NorthShore University HealthSystem since March 2008. In this role, he oversees quality and safety at the system's four hospitals in Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie, Ill. He also serves as co-chair of the steering committee that governs the system's Center for Clinical and Research Informatics.

Timothy Babineau, MD. President and CEO of Rhode Island Hospital (Providence). Dr. Babineau, a board-certified general surgeon, is president and CEO of 719-bed Rhode Island Hospital and 247-bed Miriam Hospital. In 1994, the facilities founded the non-profit integrated health system Lifespan, which includes three other hospitals and is governed by a separate management team. Prior to taking his current position in 2008, Dr. Babineau was the senior vice president and CMO of the University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine in Baltimore. He has also served in leadership positions at Boston Medical Center.

Richard B. Becker, MD. President and CEO of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Hospital Center. Since 2008, Dr. Becker has served as president and CEO of Brooklyn Hospital Center, a 464-bed facility that employs more than 2,700 people. Dr. Becker previously served as CEO of The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and as dean of clinical affairs at The George Washington University Medical Center. He is board certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine, which he taught as an associate professor at The George Washington School of Medicine.

Marc Boom, MD, MBA. President and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System (Houston). Dr. Boom has served as president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System since January. He was previously executive vice president of the hospital for seven years. He has also served as senior vice president and COO of the hospital, president and CEO of The Methodist Diagnostic Hospital and president, CEO and medical director of Baylor-Methodist Primary Care Associates.

Patrick J. Brennan, MD. Senior Vice President and CMO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Philadelphia). As vice president and CMO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. Brennan oversees quality of care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, the Clinical Practices at the University of Pennsylvania, Clinical Care Associates and Penn Home Care. He has served in his current role since 2005, before which he served as chief of healthcare quality and patient safety at the system for four years. Dr. Brennan has been a faculty member at Penn since 1998.

David Bronson, MD. President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals. As president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, Dr. Bronson oversees Cleveland Clinic's Euclid, Fairview, Hillcrest, Huron, Lakewood, Lutheran, Marymount, Medina and South Pointe hospitals as well as the affiliate Ashtabula County Medical Center. Before being named to his current position in 2010, he was chairman of the department of general internal medicine from 1992 to 1995 and chairman of the Division of Medical Regional Practice from 1995 to 2007. Dr. Bronson, who also practices internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic, is the president of the American College of Physicians for the 2012 to 2013 term.

George J. Brown, MD. President and CEO of Legacy Health System (Portland, Ore.). Dr. Brown, a gastroenterologist, has nearly 40 years of healthcare experience. He has served as president and CEO of Legacy Health since August 2008 and previously served as COO of Tacoma, Wash.-based MultiCare Health System. He was also a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.

John R. Brumsted, MD. President and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care (Burlington, Vt.). Dr. Brumsted became president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care and Fletcher Allen Partners — the parent organization of the health system and Central Vermont Medical Center — in February after having served in an interim role since August 2011. His relationship with the health system began in 1981 when he was a resident, and it has continued as he became CMO and chief quality officer. Dr. Brumsted is board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility and is a member of the Vermont Medical Society Council.

John Cacciamani, MD, MBA. CEO of Chestnut Hill Hospital (Philadelphia). Dr. Cacciamani, a board-certified internist and geriatric subspecialist, was named CEO of 135-bed Chestnut Hill Hospital at the end of March. He previously served as chief of clinical operations and informatics for Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is also a past president of the Philadelphia Medical Society.

Jeffrey Canose, MD. President of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano (Texas). Dr. Canose is president of 366-bed Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, which is a member of the 24-hospital, non-profit health system Texas Health Resources. He was the first physician in the Texas Health Resources system to be named a hospital president in March 2009 after he served as the first COO of Texas Health Plano for two years. He previously served as a clinical department chair, academic program director of anesthesiology and administrator of perioperative services at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.

John B. Chessare, MD. President and CEO of Greater Baltimore Medical Center HealthCare.
Dr. Chessare, a pediatrician by training, has served as president and CEO of GBMC HealthCare since June 2010. In this role he oversees 300-bed GBMC; Greater Baltimore Medical Associates, a group of more than 40 multi-specialty physician practices; a hospice organization; and the GBMC Foundation. He previously served as president of Caritas Norwood (Mass.) Hospital, now called Norwood Hospital. Prior to his current position he was a consultant for regional and national healthcare organizations.

Kevin B. Churchwell, MD. CEO of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.).
Dr. Churchwell has served as CEO of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and senior vice president of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nemours since December 2010. He previously served as CEO and executive director of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He also held other positions at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, including chief of staff, medical director of the Children's Health and Injury Prevention Program, medical director of Pediatric Critical Care Services and transport director.

Steven J. Corwin, MD. CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System (New York City). Dr. Corwin, a cardiologist and internist, has been CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System since September 2011. He previously served as executive vice president and COO of the hospital for six years and senior vice president and CMO for seven years. He was named to the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1986.

Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, MD. President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Cosgrove has served as president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic since 2004. He joined the system in 1975 and became chairman of the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 1989. He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal. He has received the Cleveland Clinic Innovator of the Year award and has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products.

Kenneth L. Davis, MD. President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York City). Dr. Davis has served as president and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center since 2003, before which he served as chair of Mount Sinai's department of psychiatry for 15 years. From 2003 to 2007, he was dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2009, Dr. Davis received the George H. W. Bush '48 Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale University in recognition of his research on Alzheimer's disease.

Ralph de la Torre, MD. Chairman and CEO of Steward Health Care System (Boston).
As chairman and CEO of Steward Health Care System, Dr. de la Torre oversees 10 hospitals, more than 14,000 employees and other affiliate entities, such as a home healthcare company. He became CEO of Caritas Christi Health Care in 2008 and continued to lead the system after it was sold to Steward Health Care System in November 2010. He was previously founder and CEO of the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and CardioVascular Management Associates and chief of cardiac surgery at BIDMC.

Victor J. Dzau, MD. President and CEO of Duke University Health System (Durham, N.C.). Dr. Dzau, a cardiologist, has served as president and CEO of Duke University Health System and chancellor for health affairs at Duke University since 2004. He is also the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and director of molecular and genomic vascular biology. Dr. Dzau was previously the Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic (Medicine) at Harvard Medical School; chairman of the department of medicine, physician-in-chief and director of research at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; and the Arthur Bloomfield Professor and chairman of the department of medicine at Stanford (Calif.) University.

Reginald J. Eadie, MD. President of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital (Detroit). Dr. Eadie became president of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in January after having served as president of Detroit Receiving Hospital for nearly two years. He previously served as vice president of medical affairs at DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Hutzel Women's Hospital. Dr. Eadie is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Melinda Estes, MD, MBA. CEO of Saint Luke's Health System (Kansas City, Mo.). Dr. Estes, a board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, has served as president and CEO of Saint Luke's Health System since September 2011. She previously served as president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., for eight years and as CEO of Cleveland Clinic Florida for two years. In addition, she was senior vice president of medical affairs and executive vice president of MetroHealth System in Cleveland.

David T. Feinberg, MD, MBA. President of UCLA Health System (Los Angeles).
Dr. Feinberg has served as CEO and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health for five years. He previously served as medical director of UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and head of the NPH Faculty Practice Group. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Donald Fesko, OD, MBA. CEO of Community Hospital (Munster, Ind.). Dr. Fesko has served as CEO of Community Hospital for nine years. He previously practiced optometry with Munster (Ind.) Eye Care Associates. This year he received the Robert S. Hudgens Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year from the American College of Healthcare Executives. The award recognizes an ACHE fellow less than 40 years of age who is an exceptional CEO or COO of a healthcare organization and has shown excellent healthcare management skills.

Michael R. Foley, MD. CMO of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare. Dr. Foley became CMO in 2008 after having served as medical director of academic affairs and chief academic officer for one year. Prior to joining Scottsdale Healthcare, Dr. Foley worked in a perinatal practice and maintains a limited clinical practice in maternal-fetal medicine. He is a past president of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine and is a board examiner in maternal fetal medicine.

Steven G. Gabbe, MD. CEO of the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (Columbus). Dr. Gabbe has served as CEO of the Wexner Medical Center since July 2008. He was previously dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., for seven years and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Patricia Gabow, MD. CEO of Denver Health. Dr. Gabow, a nephrologist, will retire as CEO of Denver Health in September after leading the system for nearly 20 years. She joined Denver Health in 1973 as chief of the renal division and became medical director in 1981. She is an active proponent of indigent care and currently serves as a commissioner on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. In 2010, she received New England Healthcare Institute's "Innovator in Health" award for implementing lean management principles in the health system.

R. Wayne Gandee, MD. CMO of Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). Dr. Gandee became CMO of Carilion Clinic in 2011. He joined the system in November 2006 as chair and medical director of the department of radiology. He also serves as assistant professor of the department of radiology at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Kenneth Garay, MD. CMO of LibertyHealth System (Jersey City, N.J.). Dr. Garay, a practicing otolaryngologist, is CMO of LibertyHealth System, which includes Jersey City Medical Center, an emergency medical services organization and behavioral services. Dr. Garay played a large role in helping JCMC recruit more than 250 private community physicians to the medical staff over the past four years.

W. Brian Gibler, MD. President and CEO of University Hospital (Cincinnati). Dr. Gibler has served as president and CEO of University Hospital since September 2010. He was previously the Richard C. Levy Professor of Emergency Medicine and the chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for five years. He was the executive co-chairman of the national quality improvement initiative called CRUSADE, which aimed to develop hospital-based strategies to reduce myocardial infarction occurrences.

Richard L. Goldberg, MD. President of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.). Dr. Goldberg became president of Georgetown University Hospital in 2010 after having served as interim president for one year. He joined Georgetown in 1968 as a medical student and became a member of the Georgetown faculty in the department of psychiatry. He later served in several executive positions, including dean of graduate medical education, vice president of medical affairs and CMO.

Larry J. Goodman, MD. CEO of Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr. Goodman, an internist, has been president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center since 2002. He also serves as president of Rush University, president of the Rush System for Health — a non-profit organization comprised of Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park (Ill.) Hospital, Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., and Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill. — and principal officer of the Rush Board of Trustees. Dr. Goodman began the "Rush Transformation," a 10-year, $1 billion project to rebuild a significant portion of the medical center, in 2006.

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Partners HealthCare (Boston). Dr. Gottlieb, a psychiatrist, has led Partners HealthCare since 2010. He previously served as president of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faulkner Hospital in Boston for eight years. He has also held leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, serving as executive vice chair and interim chair of the university's department of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care of the health system.

Howard R. Grant, MD, JD. CEO of Lahey Clinic (Burlington, Mass.). Dr. Grant has served as president and CEO of Lahey Clinic — which includes two hospitals and multiple primary care and specialty care sites — since November 2010. He was previously executive vice president and CMO of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., and CMO of Temple University Health System in Philadelphia. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Robert I. Grossman, MD. CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). Dr. Grossman is CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center and dean of the NYU School of Medicine. He joined NYU in 2001 as chairman of the department of radiology and previously served as chief of neuroradiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Grossman recently received the gold medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

Dean Gruner, MD. President and CEO of ThedaCare (Appleton, Wis.). Dr. Gruner, a family physician, is president and CEO of ThedaCare, a health system that is the third largest healthcare employer in Wisconsin. Before being named to his current position in 2008, he served as senior vice president and CMO of the system for five years. He was also CMO of Touchpoint Health Plan, which was sold to UnitedHealthcare in 2004.

Thomas Hansen, MD. CEO of Seattle Children's. Dr. Hansen has served as CEO of Seattle Children's since October 2005 and is also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Hansen is a member of the Seattle Chamber Community Development Roundtable and serves on the board of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Rodney F. Hochman, MD. Group President of Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.). Dr. Hochman, a rheumatologist, became group president of Providence Health & Services in February when the system finalized an affiliation agreement with Seattle-based Swedish Health Services. In this role, he is responsible for regional operations and strategic and management services. Dr. Hochman had served as president and CEO of Swedish since 2007. Before then, he was executive vice president of Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare.

Kevin Joseph, MD. CEO of West Chester (Ohio) Hospital. Dr. Joseph has served as CEO of West Chester Hospital since September 2010. He also serves as senior vice president of UC Health in Cincinnati, medical director of UC Health emergency medicine and an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati department of emergency medicine residency program. Before becoming CEO of West Chester Hospital, he was medical director of West Chester's emergency department.  

Larry R. Kaiser, MD. President and CEO of Temple University Health System (Philadelphia). Dr. Kaiser became senior executive vice president for health sciences, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine and CEO of Temple University Health System in February 2011. He previously served as president and Alkek-Williams Chair of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he was also a professor of surgery and professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

Alan S. Kaplan, MD. Senior Vice President and CMO of Iowa Health System (Des Moines). In addition to serving as senior vice president and CMO of Iowa Health System, Dr. Kaplan is president and CEO of Iowa Health Physicians and Clinics — a multi-regional medical group staffing more than 100 clinics. He has held these positions since 2009, before which he served in several leadership positions at Chicago-based Edward Health Services for 15 years.

Gary S. Kaplan, MD. Chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System (Seattle). Dr. Kaplan, a practicing internal medicine physician, has served as chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. He is also a clinical professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Kaplan is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform and has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Medical Group Management Association and the National Patient Safety Foundation.

M. Narendra Kini, MD. President and CEO of Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Kini, who is board certified in pediatric emergency medicine, has served as president and CEO of 275-bed Miami Children's Hospital since 2008. In this role he oversees more than 650 physicians and 3,500 employees. He previously served as executive vice president of clinical operations improvement at Trinity Health in Novi, Mich., for four years.

John Koster, MD. President and CEO of Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.).
Dr. Koster, an internist, has led Providence Health & Services as president and CEO since 2003. He joined the system in 1997 and was responsible for systems operations. He previously served as senior vice president of Irving, Texas-based VHA and has held leadership positions at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., and Rocky Mountain Healthcare Company in Denver.

Paul Kronenberg, MD. President and CEO of Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, N.Y.). Dr. Kronenberg, a board-certified internist, became president and CEO of the non-profit, 506-bed Crouse Hospital in February 2004, shortly after the hospital came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Under his leadership the hospital has beaten budget targets every year since 2004. Dr. Kronenberg previously served as chief of medicine at the hospital for 20 years.

Mark Laney, MD. President and CEO of Heartland Health (St. Joseph, Mo.). Dr. Laney has served as president and CEO of Heartland Health since 2009. He previously served as president of the Cook Children's Physician Network at Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, for 15 years. He is also president of the board of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association. Heartland Health recently joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, providing the system access to Mayo's expertise.

Robert J. Laskowski, MD, MBA. President and CEO of Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Dr. Laskowski, a geriatrician, became president and CEO of Christiana Care Health System in 2003. He previously served as CMO of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, Pa., and president and group medical director at Northeast Permanente Medical Group in Hartford, Conn.

James Leonard, MD. President and CEO of The Carle Foundation (Urbana, Ill.). Dr. Leonard is president and CEO of the non-profit integrated health system, The Carle Foundation, and its 325-bed Carle Foundation Hospital. He joined the Carle Clinic Association in 1984 as a primary care physician. He served as vice president of medical affairs of The Carle Foundation from 1997 to 1999 and was a member of its board of trustees from 1994 to 1999. He later held the positions of associate medical director of Carle Clinic and medical director of the employee assistance and sports medicine programs. Dr. Leonard became CEO in 2000 after serving in an interim role for one year.  

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