Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2016 (text list)


Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer | Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Baggett, 44, oversees all clinical operations at Tenet's 84 hospitals and other care sites. He founded Tenet's clinical innovation awards to honor hospitals that invent new ideas, processes and solutions to improve patient outcomes. Before joining Tenet in 2009 as chief medical officer, he served as corporate vice president of clinical strategy and COO of HCA's clinical services group. Baggett is board-certified in internal medicine. This is his third time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


Executive Director | American Public Health Association

Benjamin, 63, has led the American Public Health Association since 2002. As executive director of the public health professionals' advocacy group, some of the issues Benjamin has addressed are healthcare access, climate change and prescription drug costs. Before joining the APHA, he was Maryland's secretary of health. Benjamin is board-certified in internal medicine and served as chief of emergency medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. After leaving there, he took on various healthcare leadership roles including a stint as acting commissioner for public health for the District of Columbia. This is the third time Benjamin has been named as one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


President and CEO | KentuckyOne Health

Brinkley, 63, has been at the helm of Louisville-based KentuckyOne Health since it was formed in 2012 through the merger of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and St. Joseph's Health System. Brinkley also serves as senior VP of operations at Catholic Health Initiatives, KentuckyOne's parent. She has embraced healthcare technology, promoting telehealth and the Anywhere Care program, which provides patients access to a physician 24/7. Under Brinkley?s leadership, KentuckyOne also built Healthy Lifestyle Centers, which aims to improve population health by providing fitness and rehabilitation services. Before joining KentuckyOne, Brinkley was president and CEO of Catholic healthcare system Cardondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz. This is the third time she has been on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives.


Presidential candidate, author, speaker

Carson has made a splash in the contentious race for the presidency as the only African-American candidate, touting his life's story and decades of experience as a neurosurgeon. Before entering politics, Carson, 64, was director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore for 29 years until he retired in 2013. During his surgical career, Carson performed the first successful separation of craniopagus twins and advanced the hemispherectomy procedure to control epilepsy in children. He was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. Carson has written several books including an autobiography, Gifted Hands, in 1996. Born in Detroit, Carson graduated from Yale University and later attended medical school at the University of Michigan.


President and CEO | Dignity Health

Dean, 65, has guided Dignity Health through strategic, operational and financial transformation since becoming president and CEO in 2000, when Dignity was known as Catholic Healthcare West. He took on a system that had incurred losses of over $800 million from 1997 to 2000 and brought it to positive operating margins in four years. Previously, Dean was executive VP and COO of Advocate Health Care. He was named to the board of directors at McDonald's Corp. in August 2015. Dean has appeared on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare all six years.


CEO | Merck & Co.

Frazier, 61, who has led Merck since 2011, first joined the pharmaceutical company in 1992 as VP, general counsel and secretary of the Astra/Merck group. The company reported worldwide sales of $42.2 billion in 2014. Frazier is board chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and was a partner with Philadelphia-based law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath before joining Merck.This is his second time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


Chief Medical Officer | Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Haywood, 47, who has held his current position at the Chicago-based association since December 2012, oversees collaborative efforts for medical, pharmacy and network management for 105 million members in 36 Blues plans nationwide. He also provides clinical guidance for 5 million members in the Blues' Federal Employee Program. Haywood earlier served as senior VP and chief medical officer at Irving, Texas-based VHA, prior to its merger with UHC, and was deputy CMO at the CMS from 2004 to 2006.


Chairman, President and CEO | Insys Therapeutics

Kapoor, 74, a billionaire investor and pharmaceutical entrepreneur, is an officer and majority owner of two publicly traded drug companies Akorn and Insys. He has been a board member since Insys' inception in 1990. He also served as chairman and president of EJ Financial Enterprises since forming the company in 1990, and as managing partner of Kapoor-Pharma Investments, which he founded in 2000. Kapoor has a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Bombay University in India.


Founder and CEO | Masimo

Kiani, 50, founded Masimo in 1989. The Irvine, Calif.-based company, which he describes as a garage startup, has sought to disrupt the markets for pulse oximetry and noninvasive heart-monitoring devices. It now has more than a half-billion dollars in annual revenue. In the early 2000s, Kiani became a key figure in U.S. Senate hearings scrutinizing the group purchasing industry, which Kiani said was steering hospitals away from innovative medical devices because of agreements with dominant manufacturers. Kiani is also the founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and a political action committee seeking to shape healthcare policy.


President | Henry Ford Health System

Lassiter, 52, was named president of the Detroit-based system in December 2014. He will take over as CEO of the five-hospital, $5 billion system upon the retirement of longtime leader Nancy Schlichting this year. Before joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. He is credited with leading the expansion and financial turnaround of the publicly funded safety-net system. Lassiter has also held leadership positions at Methodist Health System in Dallas and JPS Health System in Fort Worth, Texas. This is his second time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


President and CEO | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Lavizzo-Mourey, 61, has taken up healthcare challenges such as tobacco use and end-of-life care in her 13-year tenure as CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a large healthcare philanthropic organization that focuses on public health issues such as child and family health, workforce issues and health system improvement. Lavizzo-Mourey is the first female and first African-American to hold the post at the organization. A geriatrics internist, Lavizzo-Mourey joined the foundation from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a professor of medicine and healthcare systems. She has also served on federal committees, including the Task Force on Aging Research and the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. This is her second time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


CEO | Catholic Health Initiatives

Lofton, 61, has been at the helm of the Englewood, Colo.-based health system since 2003. In 2014, he dropped his president's title and hired two executives to take over expanded duties, in an effort to adapt to changes in the provider landscape. CHI operates 102 hospitals and reported total revenue of $15.1 billion last year. Before joining CHI, Lofton held chief executive positions at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham and Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He served as chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2007 and has played many roles in hospital and healthcare advocacy over the years. Lofton has appeared on Modern Healthcare's list of the Top 25 Minority Executives all six times.


President of Healthcare Operations and COO | Ascension Health

Since 2013, Maryland has overseen healthcare operations for St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic health system. Prior to taking on the role, Maryland was president and CEO at St. John Providence Health System in Warren, Mich., and Michigan Ministry market leader for Ascension Health, where she provided strategic and operational leadership. She was also president of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and executive VP of St. Vincent Health. In those roles, she organized an agreement with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to improve pediatric services and create Centers of Excellence in the market. Maryland holds a doctorate of public health from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in health services administration and planning. This is her second time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


Senior VP of clinical business operations | Trinity Health

McDonald, 50, joined Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity in 2003 as an internal consultant and led the system's rollout of a uniform electronic health record and revenue management tools. In her current role, McDonald leads the implementation of value-based population health strategies such as bundled payment for care improvement, strategic and business development for accountable care organizations, clinical-care networks and integrated care-coordination development. McDonald is also credited with playing an integral role in helping the organization attract, develop and retain employees who better reflect the diversity of the many communities Trinity serves.


President and CEO | Jackson Health System

Migoya, 65, was named president and CEO of the Miami-based public health system in May 2011. Jackson Health operates three acute-care hospitals. During his first year, Jackson Health reported an $8 million surplus, despite an $82 million loss the previous year, achieved in part through staff layoffs and management team restructuring. The system's surplus has continued to grow under Migoya's leadership. In 2013, he led the implementation of the Jackson Miracle-Building Bond program, a 10-year plan that will renovate and expand Jackson's facilities with $1.4 billion in capital funds. Migoya's background is not in healthcare management, but banking. He held top leadership positions at Wachovia National Bank before a brief stint as Miami's city manager.


U.S. Surgeon General | U.S. Public Health Service

Murthy, 38, has been the U.S. surgeon general since he was confirmed in December 2014 after a prolonged battle over his nomination. Since then, Murthy, an internal medicine physician, has taken on public health issues such as mental illness, gun violence and obesity. He also directs the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which includes 6,700 health officers in 800 locations. He co-founded Visions, an HIV/AIDS education organization in India, and the Swasthya project, a community partnership based in India that trains women to be health providers and educators. Murthy has worked to improve the clinical trial process, co-founding TrialNetworks, a technology company intended to enhance the efficiency of clinical trials.


Executive VP and COO | Montefiore Health System

Ozuah was born in Nigeria and obtained his medical degree there. He arrived at Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine as a pediatric intern and resident. He became a leader and mentor in the institutions and has been prolific in conducting research and writing about health problems that disproportionately affect underserved communities, such as asthma, obesity and environmental exposures. Ozuah is credited with expanding access to healthcare for those communities and recruiting talented leaders during his tenure as physician-in-chief of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and chair of the department of pediatrics at Einstein. He assumed leadership of operations at the Bronx hospital in 2012.


President and CEO | NYC Health & Hospitals

Raju, 63, was appointed in January 2014 to lead the public health system of New York City, an integrated system that includes 11 hospitals as well as clinics, skilled-nursing facilities and home care. Raju's "2020 Vision" for the system includes increasing the number of patients treated from 1.4 million to 2 million. He was previously CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, Chicago, where he led a $150 million deficit reduction after he gained federal approval to expand Medicaid coverage 15 months before the Affordable Care Act expansion. This is his second time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


Chairman and CEO | Prime Healthcare Services

Reddy, 68, founded the Ontario, Calif.-based health system in 2001. He built the first hospital, Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Calif., in 1994 and has since expanded the private, for-profit system to 42 hospitals in 14 states. Prime has a record of acquiring troubled or underperforming hospitals and turning them around. In 2008, Reddy, an internist and cardiologist, founded Prime Healthcare Services Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that now owns eight hospitals. He and his family commit time, money and other resources to charity care nationally and internationally through that organization and the Dr. Prem Reddy Family Foundation. This is his second year on the list of Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


President and CEO | America's Essential Hospitals

Siegel, 55, has been president and CEO since 2010 of the Washington, D.C.-based association, which represents more than 250 hospitals throughout the nation that provide care to low-income patients. At the helm, Siegel has worked to ensure the nation's safety net hospitals stay financially healthy and promoted the integrated delivery system model. Siegel previously served as CEO of NYC Health & Hospitals (then the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.) and Tampa (Fla.) General Healthcare. He also was commissioner of health for New Jersey. This is his second year on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


Founder | NantHealth

Soon-Shiong founded the precision medicine company NantHealth in 2007. Part of his larger NantWorks company, NantHealth stores medical records and analyzes genetic information to treat certain diseases. In 2015, Allscripts purchased a 10% stake in Culver City, Calif.-based NantHealth for $200 million. A physician and scientist, Soon-Shiong has developed treatments and medications throughout his career. He invented Abraxane, a drug approved for the treatment of lung, pancreatic and breast cancers. He also founded and sold for billions of dollars two pharmaceutical companies, American Pharmaceutical Partners and Abraxis BioScience. Soon-Shiong is also chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation. This is his second time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


President and CEO | Kaiser Permanente

Tyson, 57, has been CEO of the Oakland, Calif.-based integrated healthcare giant since 2013, adding the title of chairman in January 2014. He has been with Kaiser for more than 30 years and had risen to president and COO before taking the helm. While president and COO, Tyson oversaw the opening of 14 hospitals. Kaiser now operates 38 hospitals. Under Tyson, Kaiser has continued expanding its model, especially with the Group Health Cooperative merger in Seattle and partnerships with other provider organizations. It plans to open a medical school in Southern California by 2017. Kaiser, which has more than 10 million members in eight states and Washington, D.C., generated $56.4 billion in operating revenue in 2014. This is Tyson's third time on the list of Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


CEO | Duke University Health System

Washington began his current roles at Durham, N.C.-based Duke last April. Most recently he was vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles. Washington also was a distinguished professor of gynecology and health policy. Before joining UCLA in February 2010, he served as executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California at San Francisco, overseeing the training of medical students, residents and junior faculty.


President and CEO | Carolinas HealthCare

Woods, 51, will take the helm of Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas, the largest system in the state, effective April 28. He has been president and COO of Irving, Texas-based Christus Health for nearly five years. Christus is a 13-hospital health system with operations in Louisiana, Mexico and Texas, posting $3.6 billion in total revenue for 2015. Before joining Christus, he was a senior VP at Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., and was CEO of CHI's eight-hospital St. Joseph Health System. Woods will become chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2017. This is his third time on the list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare.


Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs | U.S. Defense Department

Woodson, 59, oversees the more than $50 billion Military Health System budget and is principal healthcare adviser to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Before his nomination by President Barack Obama in 2010, Woodson served as associate dean for diversity and multicultural affairs and professor of surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was also senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. He holds the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve. His service included deployments in Kosovo in 2001 and Kuwait in 2003. Woodson also served as a senior medical officer with the National Disaster Management System, and was part of a response team following the Sept. 11 attack in New York City.

(Correction, Feb. 22, 2016)
This article has been updated to indicate that Dr. Jonathan Woodson is a principal healthcare adviser to U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.



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