100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (text list)

This year's ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare includes 27 newcomers as well as 10 honorees who have been on every list since it started in 2002.

1. Paul Ryan
U.S. representative (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, Washington

2. Peter Shumlin
Governor, state of Vermont, Montpelior

3. Barack Obama
President of the United States, Washington

4. Donald Berwick
Administrator, CMS, Washington

5. Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary, HHS, Washington

6. Newt Gingrich
Founder, Center for Health Transformation, Washington; former House speaker

7. John Wennberg
Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, professor of evaluative clinical sciences

8. William Weldon
Chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.

9. Farzad Mostashari
National coordinator for healthcare information technology, Washington

10. Therese "Terri" Vaughan
CEO, National Association of Insurance Commissioners Kansas City, Mo.

11. Carolyn Clancy
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.

12. Robert Wah
Vice president and chief medical officer, CSC, Falls Church, Va.; board chairman, American Medical Association

Related content Read our cover story, "Under their influence"

Read about the newcomers to this year's list

View a photo gallery of the 100 Most Influential

Listen to a podcast interview with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin

How the 100 Most Influential were chosen
13. Kent Thiry
CEO, DaVita, Denver

14. Paul Diaz
President and CEO, Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.

15. Sister Carol Keehan
President and CEO, Catholic Health Association, St. Louis

16. Richard Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association, Chicago

17. Wayne Smith
Chairman, president and CEO, Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn.

18. Chris Van Gorder
President and CEO, Scripps Health, San Diego

19. Lloyd Dean
President and CEO, Catholic Healthcare West, San Francisco

20. Alan Miller
Chairman and CEO, Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Pa.

21. John Boehner
Speaker of the House (R-Ohio), Washington

22. Stephen Hemsley
President and CEO, UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, Minn.

23. Karen Daley
President, American Nurses Association, Silver Spring, Md.

24. John Hammergren
Chairman and CEO, McKesson Corp., San Francisco

25. Trevor Fetter
President and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas

26. Regina Benjamin
U.S. surgeon general, Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Rockville, Md.

27. Thomas Zenty
CEO, University Hospitals, Cleveland

28. Anthony Tersigni
President and CEO, Ascension Health, St. Louis

29. Michael Dowling
President and CEO, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Great Neck, N.Y.

30. Drew Altman
President and CEO, Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif.

31. Rose Ann DeMoro
Executive director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO, Washington

32. Chip Kahn
President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington

33. Gary Kaplan
Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle

34. Richard Bracken
Chairman and CEO, HCA, Nashville

35. Patricia Hemingway Hall
President and CEO, Health Care Service Corp., Chicago

36. Richard Afable
President and CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, Calif.

37. Maureen Bisognano
President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.

38. Scott Armstrong
President and CEO, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle

39. Aneesh Chopra
U.S. chief technology officer, White House, Washington

40. Angela Braly
Chairwoman, president and CEO, WellPoint, Indianapolis

41. Stuart Altman
Sol C. Chaikin professor of national health policy, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

42. Gail Wilensky
Senior fellow, Project HOPE, Washington; former administrator of HCFA, predecessor to the CMS

43. Janet Corrigan
President and CEO, National Quality Forum, Washington

44. Judith Faulkner
Founder and CEO, Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.

45. Kevin Lofton
President and CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo.

46. Margaret "Peggy" O'Kane
President, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington

47. Chuck Grassley
U.S. senator (R-Iowa), Washington

48. Leah Binder
CEO, Leapfrog Group, Washington

49. Rick Scott
Governor of Florida, Tallahassee

50. Jay Grinney
President and CEO, HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala.

51. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

52. Deborah Peel
Founder and chairwoman, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, Austin, Texas

53. Joseph Swedish
President and CEO, Trinity Health, Novi, Mich.

54. Charles Sorenson
President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City

55. Eric Holder
U.S. attorney general, U.S. Justice Department, Washington

56. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove
President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

57. Karen Ignagni
President and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington

58. Karen Davis
President, Commonwealth Fund, New York

59. Francis Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

60. George Halvorson
Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.

61. Richard Clarke
President and CEO, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Westchester, Ill.

62. Alan Aviles
President and CEO, New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

63. Mark Chassin
President, Joint Commission, Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.

64. Georges Benjamin
Executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington

65. John Bardis
Chairman, President and CEO, MedAssets, Alpharetta, Ga.

66. Christine Cassel
President and CEO, American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation, Philadelphia

67. Michael McCallister
Chairman and CEO, Humana, Louisville, Ky.

68. Stephen Bonner
President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Schaumburg, Ill.

69. Eric Topol
Chief academic officer, Scripps Health; director Scripps Translational Science Institute, San Diego

70. Thomas Frieden
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

71. John Noseworthy
President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

72. Thomas Dolan
President and CEO, American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago

73. Margaret Hamburg
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md.

74. Richard Feinstein
Director, Bureau of Competition, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Washington

75. Nicholas Wolter
CEO, Billings (Mont.) Clinic

76. Paul Ginsburg
President, Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington

77. Gary Gottlieb
President and CEO, Partners HealthCare System, Boston

78. Jack Lewin
CEO, American College of Cardiology, Washington

79. Teri Fontenot
President and CEO, Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, La.

80. Helen Darling
President and CEO, National Business Group on Health, Washington

81. Glenn Steele Jr.
President and CEO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.

82. Alan Morgan
CEO, National Rural Health Association, Washington

83. Harvey Fineberg
President, Institute of Medicine, Washington

84. Eric Shinseki
Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department, Washington

85. Peter Fine
President and CEO, Banner Health, Phoenix

86. Bruce Siegel
CEO, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Washington

87. Richard Foster
Chief actuary, CMS, Washington

88. Rulon Stacey
President and CEO, Poudre Valley Health System, Fort Collins, Colo.

89. Charles Martin
Chairman and CEO, Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville

90. Scott Serota
President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago

91. Stephen Lieber
President and CEO, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Chicago

92. Howard Koh
Assistant secretary for health, HHS, Washington

93. Steven Safyer
President and CEO, Montefiore Medical Center, New York

94. Daniel Levinson
Inspector general, HHS, Washington

95. Darrell Kirch
President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington

96. Ron Pollack
Founder and executive director, Families USA, Washington

97. Richard Gilfillan
Acting director, CMS' Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Washington

98. Kenneth Raske
President and CEO, Greater New York Hospital Association, New York

99. James Guest
President and CEO, Consumers Union, Yonkers, N.Y.

100. A. Barry Rand
CEO, AARP, Washington



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