Suddenly, it appears our new century is living up to futurists' predictions. Just take a look at today's stunning health-science headlines. They feature everything from human cloning to genetic testing and biotech treatments.
Where science will lead us may be beyond even a futurist's ability to predict. But it's clear the ethical, legal and religious issues that surround medical research and experimentation will challenge the future of healthcare in ways unimaginable today.
That is one of many reasons we need a new breed of healthcare executives to wrestle with 21st century issues. These new leaders must have a capacity for reasoned foresight, courageous action and personal integrity that inspires confidence amid uncertainty. Hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations will depend on the clarity and conviction of these remarkable executives as they navigate a turbulent medical frontier.
That's why for the sixth year running, Modern Healthcare and Witt/Kieffer are partners in putting the spotlight on aspiring healthcare leadership. Our 2001 Up & Comers are among the best young professionals in healthcare today. They-and others like them who advance to the executive suite in the coming years-hold the greatest potential for positive outcomes and insightful decisionmaking in the face of the unpredictable.
In the next several pages we introduce this year's Up & Comers, all age 40 or under, and share their hard-earned success stories.
Whatever challenges healthcare faces in the ensuing years, we predict with confidence that these executives will be up to the task.
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