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50 Most Influential Physician Executives - 2012 (text list)

Posted: April 21, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

The 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare are presented by order in this year's ranking.

1. Eric Topol
Chief academic officer,
Scripps Health
San Diego
director, Scripps Translational Science Institute,
La Jolla, Calif.

2. Gary Kaplan
Chairman and CEO
Virginia Mason Medical Center

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

4. Farzad Mostashari
National coordinator for healthcare IT
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington

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5. Richard Gilfillan
CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

6. Kelvin Baggett
Senior vice president and CMO
Tenet Healthcare Corp.

7. Barbara Paul
Senior vice president and CMO
Community Health Systems
Franklin, Tenn.

8. Lanny Copeland
LifePoint Hospitals
Brentwood, Tenn.

9. Reed Tuckson
Executive vice president and chief of medical affairs
UnitedHealth Group
Minnetonka, Minn.

10. Robert Wah
CMO, Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.;
board chairman, American Medical Association

11. Susan Turney
President and CEO
MGMA-ACMPE (formerly the Medical Group Management Association)
Englewood, Colo.

12. Charles Sorenson
President and CEO
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City

13. Georges Benjamin
Executive director
American Public Health Association

14. Robert Wachter
Chief of hospital medicine
UCSF Medical Center
San Francisco

15. David Pryor
Executive vice president
Ascension Health Alliance
St. Louis

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Learn how the ranking was determined
16. Regina Benjamin
U.S. surgeon general
U.S. Public Health Service
Rockville, Md.

17. Larry Wellikson
Society of Hospital Medicine

18. David Nash
Founding dean
Jefferson School of Population Health

19. Peter Pronovost
Director, Quality and Safety Research Group
Medical director, Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care
Johns Hopkins Medicine

20. John Koster
President and CEO
Providence Health & Services
Renton, Wash.

21. Jonathan Perlin
President of clinical services group and CMO

22. Wiley "Chip" Souba
Acting director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice;
vice president of health affairs and dean, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Lebanon, N.H.

23. Prem Reddy
Founder, chairman
Prime Healthcare Services
Ontario, Calif.

24. Ralph de la Torre
Chairman and CEO
Steward Health Care System

25. John Halamka
CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;
CIO and dean for technology, Harvard Medical School

26. Karen Bell
Certification Commission for Health Information Technology

27. Paul Convery
Senior vice president and CMO
Baylor Health Care System

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

29. Jack Lewin
Outgoing CEO
American College of Cardiology

30. Thomas Nasca
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

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

32. Nicholas Turkal
President and CEO
Aurora Health Care

33. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove
President and CEO
Cleveland Clinic

34. Gary Gottlieb
President and CEO
Partners HealthCare

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

36. Brent James
Executive director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research
chief quality officer
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City

37. Mark Chassin
Joint Commission
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

38. Charles Denham
Texas Medical Institute of Technology

39. Jack Cochran
Executive director
Permanente Federation
Oakland, Calif.

40. Darrell Kirch
President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges

41. Nicholas Wolter
Billings (Mont.) Clinic

42. Francis Collins
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.

43. Harvey Fineberg
Institute of Medicine

44. James Madara
Executive vice president and CEO
American Medical Association

45. Dan Stultz
President and CEO
Texas Hospital Association

46. Christine Cassel
Outgoing president and CEO
American Board of Internal Medicine; ABIM Foundation

47. Thomas Frieden
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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

49. Steven Safyer
President and CEO
Montefiore Medical Center
New York

50. Bruce Siegel
President and CEO
National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

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