This year, six physicians in the top 10 are leaders of private-sector provider organizations. In 2011, there was only one, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, who finished 10th in 2011 and did so again in 2014.
This year's most influential physician executive, Dr. Richard Gilfillan, is making his second appearance at the top of the list. But he's doing so in a new job. Gilfillan, who has made the list four times, finished first in 2011 while serving as acting director of the new CMS Innovation Center. He's now president and CEO of Livonia, Mich.-based CHE Trinity Health.
Others in the 2014 top 10 include Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, president of the American Medical Association and an infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., making her first appearance on the list at No. 5; and Dr. John Kitzhaber, Oregon's Democratic governor, who topped last year's list and is No. 7 this year.
Besides Hoven, other women making their first appearance on the Most Influential list are Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, the new CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and former chancellor of the University of California San Francisco, No. 13; and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the new national coordinator for health information technology and former New Orleans city health commissioner, No. 41.
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the only woman to make the list nine times. She is No. 34 this year.
Other association leaders on the list include Dr. Jonathan Perlin, American Hospital Association chairman-elect, No. 9; Dr. Robert Wah, AMA president-elect, No. 22; Dr. Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association executive director,
No. 26; Dr. Susan Turney, Medical Group Management Association president and CEO, No. 28; Dr. Peter Angood, American College of Physician Executives CEO, No. 30; Dr. Darrell Kirch, Association of American Medical Colleges president and CEO, No. 31; Dr. Reid Blackwelder, American Academy of Family Physicians president, No. 36; and Dr. Bruce Siegel, America's Essential Hospitals president and CEO, No. 45.
Perlin has made the list eight times for his role as chief medical officer of the Nashville-based HCA hospital system and other positions. Wah has been on the list five times for his role as CMO of Falls Church, Va.-based Computer Sciences Corp.