2012 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (text list)

This year's ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare includes 18 newcomers as well as eight honorees who have been on every list since it started in 2002.

1. John Roberts

Chief Justice of the United States, Washington

2. Mark Bertolini

Chairman, president and CEO, Aetna, Hartford, Conn.

3. Dr. John Kitzhaber

Governor, State of Oregon, Salem

4. Barack Obama

President of the United States, Washington

5. Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary, HHS, Washington

6. George Halvorson

Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.

7. Stephen Hemsley

President and CEO, UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, Minn.

8. Marilyn Tavenner

Acting CMS administrator, CMS, Baltimore

9. Angela Braly

Chair, president and CEO, WellPoint, Indianapolis

10. Michael McCallister

Chairman and CEO, Humana, Louisville, Ky.

11. Patricia Hemingway Hall

President and CEO, Health Care Service Corp., Chicago

12. Kent Thiry

Chairman and CEO, DaVita, Denver

13. Mitt Romney

Presidential nominee, Republican Party; former Massachusetts governor

14. Paul Diaz

President and CEO, Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.

15. Dan Wolterman

President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston

16. Sister Carol Keehan

President and CEO, Catholic Health Association of the United States, Washington

17. Dr. John Noseworthy

President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

18. Joel Allison

President and CEO, Baylor Health Care System, Dallas

19. John Boehner

Speaker of the House (R-Ohio), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

20. Dr. Regina Benjamin

U.S. surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service, Washington

21. Dr. Delos "Toby" Cosgrove

President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

22. Judith Faulkner

Founder and CEO, Epic Systems, Verona, Wis.

23. Lloyd Dean

President and CEO, Dignity Health, San Francisco

24. Paul Ryan

Chairman, House Budget Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

25. Wayne Smith

Chairman, president and CEO, Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn.

26. Dr. Atul Gawande

Associate professor of health policy and management, Harvard School of Public Health; associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston

27. Alan Miller

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

28. Maureen Bisognano

President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.

29. Dr. Gary Gottlieb

President and CEO, Partners Healthcare, Boston

30. Trevor Fetter

President and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas

31. William Carpenter

Chairman and CEO, LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, Tenn.

32. Dr. Carolyn Clancy

Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.

33. Chip Kahn

President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington

34. Dr. Farzad Mostashari

National coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington

35. Max Baucus

Senate Finance Committee chairman, U.S. Senate, Washington

36. Rose Ann DeMoro

Executive director, National Nurses United/AFL-CIO, Washington

37. Richard Umbdenstock

President and CEO, American Hospital Association, Chicago

38. Michael Dowling

President and CEO, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, New York

39. Joseph Swedish

President and CEO, Trinity Health, Novi, Mich.

40. Eric Holder

U.S. attorney general, U.S. Justice Department, Washington

41. Dr. Gary Kaplan

Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

42. Eric Cantor

House majority leader, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

43. Rick Scott

Governor, State of Florida, Tallahassee

44. Ron Wyden

U.S. senator (D-Ore.), U.S. Senate, Washington

45. Dr. Susan Turney

President and CEO, MGMA-ACMPE (Formerly the Medical Group Management Association), Englewood, Colo.

46. Dr. Thomas Frieden

Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta

47. Gary Newsome

President and CEO, Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.

48. Kevin Lofton

President and CEO, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo.

49. Pete Stark

U.S. representative (D-Calif.), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

50. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Princeton, N.J.

51. Dr. Mark Chassin

President, Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

52. John Hammergren

Chairman, president and CEO, McKesson Corp., San Francisco

53. Dr. Glenn Steele Jr.

President and CEO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.

54. Alex Gorsky

CEO, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.

55. Drew Altman

President and CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif.

56. Charles Grassley

U.S. senator (R-Iowa), U.S. Senate, Washington

57. Margaret "Peggy" O'Kane

President, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington

58. Dr. Margaret Hamburg

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

59. Douglas Hawthorne

CEO, Texas Health Resources, Arlington

60. Dr. Francis Collins

Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

61. Teri Fontenot

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

62. Jay Grinney

President and CEO, HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala.

63. Dr. Harvey Fineberg

President, Institute of Medicine, Washington

64. Dr. Eric Topol

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

65. Dave Camp

U.S. representative (R-Mich.), chairman, Ways and Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington

66. Richard Feinstein

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

67. Daniel Levinson

Inspector general, HHS, Washington

68. Dr. Bruce Siegel

President and CEO, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Washington

69. John Bardis

Chairman, president and CEO, MedAssets, Alpharetta, Ga.

70. Leah Binder

CEO, Leapfrog Group, Washington

71. Nancy Schlichting

President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit

72. Karen Ignagni

President and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans, Washington

73. Susan DeVore

President and CEO, Premier, Charlotte, N.C.

74. Richard Bracken

Chairman and CEO, HCA, Nashville

75. Dr. Ralph de la Torre

Chairman and CEO, Steward Health Care System, Boston

76. Anthony Tersigni

President and CEO, Ascension Health Alliance, St. Louis

77. Rick Foster

Chief actuary, CMS, Baltimore

78. Keith Pitts

Vice chairman, Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville

79. Scott Serota

President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Chicago

80. Dr. Georges Benjamin

Executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington

81. Helen Darling

President and CEO, National Business Group on Health, Washington

82. Mary Grealy

President, Healthcare Leadership Council, Washington

83. Neal Patterson

Chairman and CEO, Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo.

84. Eric Shinseki

Secretary, Veterans Affairs Department, Washington

85. Dr. James Madara

Executive vice president and CEO, American Medical Association, Chicago

86. Peter Shumlin

Governor, State of Vermont, Montpelier

87. Kenneth Raske

President, Greater New York Hospital Association, New York

88. Dr. Richard Gilfillan

Acting director, CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Washington

89. Thomas Dolan

President and CEO, American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago

90. Ron Pollack

Founder and executive director, Families USA, Washington

91. Robert Ortenzio

Co-founder and CEO, Select Medical Corp., Mechanicsburg, Pa.

92. Debra Cafaro

Chair and CEO, Ventas, Chicago

93. James Skogsbergh

President and CEO, Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill.

94. Dr. Darrell Kirch

President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington

95. H. Stephen Lieber

President and CEO, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Chicago

96. David Bernd

CEO, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Va.

97. Dr. Charles Sorenson

President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City

98. Jonathan Gruber

Professor of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston; healthcare researcher at National Bureau of Economic Research

99. James Guest

President and CEO, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.

100. George Paz

Chairman and CEO, Express Scripts, St. Louis


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