100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Robert Wachter, 58
Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California at San Francisco
- Years on list: 4
Wachter has been widely recognized as the driving force behind the hospital medicine movement dating to the 1990s. He's even credited with coining the term "hospitalist" in a JAMA article. He's also passionate about promoting patient safety, renowned for finding innovative and provocative ways to shine a light on the inadvertent ways the healthcare system can hurt patients. He's a prolific speaker, blogger (via "Wachter's World") and author of bestsellers, the most recent being The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age.