The ranking for Modern Healthcare's 11th annual 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders recognition program includes seven newcomers and a number of repeat honorees. To learn more about their individual career paths and achievements, view the photo gallery.
1. Robert Wachter
Associate chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; chief of the division of hospital medicine and chief of the medical service at UCSF Medical Center
2. Richard Gilfillan
President and CEO, Trinity Health, Livonia, Mich.
3. Thomas Frieden
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta
4. Atul Gawande
Surgeon, professor, writer, researcher, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
5. Jonathan Perlin
President of clinical services and chief medical officer, HCA, Nashville; chairman, American Hospital Association
6. John Noseworthy
President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
7. James Madara
Executive vice president and CEO, American Medical Association
8. Karen DeSalvo
National coordinator for healthcare IT, HHS, Washington
9. Charles Sorenson
President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City
10. Gary Kaplan
Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System, Seattle
11. Patrick Conway
Deputy administrator for innovation and quality, chief medical officer; director, CMS, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
12. David Feinberg
Incoming president and CEO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.; outgoing CEO, UCLA Hospital System, Los Angeles
13. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove
President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
14. Prem Reddy
Chairman and CEO, Prime Healthcare Services, Ontario, Calif.
15. Steven Corwin
CEO, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
16. Vivek Murthy
U.S. surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service, Rockville, Md.
17. Lynn Simon
President of clinical services and chief quality officer, Community Health Systems, Franklin, Tenn.
18. Peter Slavin
President, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
19. Ram Raju
President and CEO, New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.
20. Paul Rothman
CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore
21. David Blumenthal
President, Commonwealth Fund, New York
22. Elizabeth Nabel
President, Brigham and Women's Health Care, Boston
23. William Conway
Executive VP, Henry Ford Health System; CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group, Detroit
24. Robert Wah
President, American Medical Association; chief medical officer, Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.
25. Kelvin Baggett
Senior vice president of clinical operations and chief clinical officer, Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas
26. Benjamin Chu
Executive VP, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan; group president, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Georgia regions; president, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
27. Victor Dzau
President, Institute of Medicine, Washington
28. Robert Grossman
Dean and CEO, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
29. Tejal Gandhi
President and CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation, Boston
30. Ronald DePinho
President, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
31. William Roper
CEO, UNC Health Care; dean, school of medicine; vice chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
32. Francis Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
33. Rodney Hochman
President and CEO, Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash.
34. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.
35. Christine Cassel
President and CEO, National Quality Forum, Washington
36. Steven Safyer
President and CEO, Montefiore Medical Center, New York
37. Gary Gottlieb
Outgoing president and CEO, Partners HealthCare, Boston; incoming CEO, Partners in Health
38. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Chairman, Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; CEO, NantHealth, Los Angeles; global director, cancer services and bioinformatics, Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash.
39. Eric Topol
Chief academic officer, Scripps Health; director, Scripps Translational Science Institute, San Diego
40. Bruce Siegel
President and CEO, America's Essential Hospitals, Washington
41. Richard Migliori
Executive vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, UnitedHealth Group
42. Mark Chassin
President and CEO, Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
43. Barbara Levy
Chair, American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC); vice president of health policy, advocacy division, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington
44. Susan Desmond-Hellmann
CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle
45. Troyen Brennan
Executive vice president and chief medical officer, CVS Health, Woonsocket, R.I.
46. Glenn Steele Jr.
Outgoing president and CEO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa.; chairman, xG Health Solutions
47. Georges Benjamin
Executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington
48. Darrell Kirch
President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington
49. Steven Altschuler
CEO, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
50. Susan Turney
President and CEO, Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic; former president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association