DAVID BURDA: Dexanne, what’s your reaction to being named one of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare by readers of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare magazines?
DR. DEXANNE CLOHAN: Well, of course, I was flattered but I have to admit the word powerful almost stuck in my throat. Not a word I consider when I think of myself. But I was very flattered, flattered to be nominated and happy that people voted. My way of looking at it is to pretend as if it were true even though in my own heart I don’t feel that it is. And to think to myself if I really were powerful how might I use that power in a good way. And then to take compliments that I’ve received and say while they’re very gracious and overly generous, if I wanted to live up to them, what would I do to live up to them. So in my mind that summarizes the flattery and maybe the encouragement that an award like this gives.
DAVID BURDA: At what point in your career did you move from practicing medicine full time and get into management?
DR. DEXANNE CLOHAN: Well, it was fairly early in my medical training because I had had a career before I became a physician but it certainly wasn’t abrupt. I kept seeing patients on weekends, patients on weekend call, with my former medical group for a number of years after I was doing full-time management during the week. It was hard to give up patient care directly.