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By Andis Robeznieks

A long list of repeat honorees on Modern Physician doc-execs list

11:45 am, Apr. 24

Since it began in 2005, 147 different individuals have appeared on the Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives, but only one—Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, Boston—has made it on the list all eight years.

Gottlieb gave credit to the people who work at Partners for his placement on the list as well as to Partners' role in healthcare reform at the state and national levels.

According to Gottlieb, who finished 34th on this year's list, extending insurance coverage is what will allow payment reform, and this in turn will allow healthcare in the U.S. to move away from fee-for-service, and that will help move the industry "from an illness-care system to a healthcare system." A well-care system, though, might not be realized for a while, he said.

"I think we're a few cures and treatments away from that," said Gottlieb, whose highest appearance on the Most Influential Physician Executive list was No. 8 in 2009.

According to the Most Influential database maintained by Modern Healthcare Assistant Managing Editor David May, seven people have made the list seven times: No. 28 on this year's list, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; No. 33, Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove, president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic; No. 35, Dr. Brent James, director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City; No. 2 Dr. Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle; No. 40, Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges; No. 35, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.; and Dr. Edward Murphy, former president and CEO of Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Va., who didn't make this year's list.

Six people have made the list six times: Dr. Donald Berwick, former CMS administrator; Dr. William Jessee, former Medical Group Management Association president and CEO; Dr. Michael Maves, former American Medical Association executive vice president and CEO; Dr. Patrick Quinlan, CEO, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans; No. 21, Dr. Jonathan Perlin, chief medical officer and president of clinical services, HCA, Nashville; and No. 14 Dr. Robert Wachter, chief of hospital medicine, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco.

Ten people have made the list five times; 22 have made it four times; 17, three times; 33, twice; and 51, once.

Follow Andis Robeznieks on Twitter: @MHARobeznieks.

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