DAVID BURDA: OK . Stuart, what’s your reaction to being named one of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare by the readers of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines?
DR. STUART BUSSEY: Well, at first, I was, I was surprised. I’m on the other side. I’m with employed doctors and salaried doctors so I thought it was a little bit of irony that I was one of the most powerful physician-executives, but when I reflected upon it I think it’s a very important area because more and more physicians are becoming employees and they need to be led.
DAVID BURDA: At what point in your career did you make that decision to in addition to practicing medicine get into a field where you’re trying to shape the overall direction of healthcare?
DR. STUART BUSSEY: Well, the evolution is when I was looking for something to augment my practice. I became an employee of the state of California and perforce became a union member and became a leader in the union over the several years. But the—so that’s the mechanics of it. I became an employee and a union person. But the—I think underlying the question is when do you turn over into management? And I think you really, for me at least, always want to have your toe or foot in the world of medicine so you can make better decisions for your employees and be a better leader and a manager. In the ever-changing world of medicine with all the laws and business decisions it’s good to be on the ground floor.