Regarding your 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare: Judging by the rankings over the past several years, I would encourage you to stop this meaningless endeavor. The No. 1 physician in 2005 (Ron Anderson, M.D.) has slid to No. 24; No. 1 from 2006 (William McGuire, M.D.), has fallen from grace; and the most powerful person in all of healthcare in 2004 (David Brailer, M.D., also a physician) has dropped from sight. The results speak more to the ephemeral nature of power and the perils of management for physiciansmedical directors have a very short half-life. If you continue your rankings next year, either characterize the exercise by what it really isa popularity contestor put some muscle into the methodology to make it meaningful. For example, establish objective criteria for the nomination and selection of candidates and expand the survey beyond the readers of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare. A wider constituency will also make the results less biased.
Arthur Lazarus, M.D.Chadds Ford, Pa.align=right>
Providences Koster should be recognized ...
Regarding the list of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, John Koster, M.D., is the president and chief executive officer of Providence Health & Services, Spokane, Wash., and a physician. Providence is one of the largest Catholic health systems in the U.S., so I am amazed that he did not make your 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives list.
Mitchell ThomasChief financial officerProvidence Health SystemSan Fernando Valley Service AreaBurbank, Calif.align=right>
... and consider Samitt next time
Regarding your ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, I think you should consider Craig Samitt, M.D., for your 2008 list. Craig has been president and chief executive officer of Dean Health Systems in Madison, Wis., since the fall of 2006.
Mark StevensAssociateTyler & Co.Atlanta