50 Most Influential Physician Executives – 2016
DR. Benjamin Chu
Incoming president and CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System
Dr. Benjamin Chu clearly likes the challenges of leading large healthcare systems. In early March, Chu, 64, was named incoming president and CEO at Memorial Hermann, one of the largest provider organizations in Houston. The move follows more than 10 years of service at Kaiser Permanente, most recently as group president for Kaiser's Southern California and Georgia regions since 2014. He first joined Kaiser in early 2005 as regional president of Southern California and earned multiple promotions over the years, gaining responsibilities for larger markets as well as systemwide roles. Before coming to Kaiser, Chu served for three years as president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.—now NYC Health & Hospitals—the nations largest public hospital system. Chu also has received broader industry recognition, including serving as chairman of the American Hospital Association in 2013 and being elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.