50 Most Influential Physician Executives – 2015
Executive vice president and chief medical officer, CVS Health
Dr. Troyen Brennan is the executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health, one of the largest pharmacy companies in the country and a major operator of retail health clinics. CVS Health stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores in October 2014, a decision that was spearheaded by Brennan and other top executives. Brennan, 60, who previously was the CMO of Aetna, said the elimination of tobacco products in CVS stores "will make a significant difference in reducing the chronic illnesses associated with tobacco use."