100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Gary Kaplan, 64
Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason
- Compensation: $3,563,157 - according to (2014 IRS Form 990)
- Years on list: 8
Still a practicing internal medicine physician, Kaplan has shaped Virginia Mason into a pioneer of patient safety and quality. It makes sense, because Kaplan himself is no stranger to innovation in quality and patient safety. He has offered warranties on joint replacements, for instance, and launched price transparency initiatives that shore up his reputation as a bold experimenter in the name of higher quality, better-priced care.