Dr. Todd Strumwasser, President, Northern California Division at CommonSpirit Health

This episode features Dr. Todd Strumwasser, President, Northern California Division at CommonSpirit Health. Here, he discusses what led him to CommonSpirit Health, his transition from practicing physician to executive leadership, his focus on patient saftey, and more.


Dr. Todd Strumwasser on Patient Safety and Executive Leadership at CommonSpirit Health


Dr. Todd Strumwasser, President of the Northern California division at CommonSpirit Health, began his healthcare career as an anesthesiologist. He eventually transitioned to executive leadership, becoming the Chief Executive of two downtown campuses. This transition was not without challenges as he had to learn skills not taught in medical school such as hiring, firing, and managing people. With the help of a personal coach, he was able to develop collaboration and learning skills.

Patient Safety

At CommonSpirit Health, Dr. Strumwasser is focused on ensuring that patients receive the best treatment options irrespective of payment modality or quantity. He believes that physicians should be paid for outcomes such as how quickly a patient is able to return to work after a back problem. He also recognizes the importance of social determinants of health and encourages physicians to provide the best advice possible to patients.

Role of CommonSpirit Health During the Pandemic

CommonSpirit Health is a faith-based ministry that has been actively involved in compassionately serving communities during the pandemic. For example, the organization has vaccinated farm workers in the fields at their own expense, underscoring its commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to quality healthcare.


Dr. Todd Strumwasser's journey from practicing physician to executive leadership has provided him with valuable insights into patient safety, collaboration, and learning skills. His focus on paying physicians for outcomes and providing the best advice possible to patients has already made a difference at CommonSpirit Health. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, Dr. Strumwasser and CommonSpirit Health will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the future of healthcare.


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This episode aired on 09/07/2022 and can be listened here.


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