Some hospitals remain at the top of every best list, even among stiff competition. That is because many hospitals appoint CEO’s that know the ins and outs of the business side of health care, the people side of the industry and the medical side. Now, these CEOs must remain at the helm of their health institutions and help them navigate the uncertain future of U.S. health care.
What follows is a list of the top 20 people in the top positions at some of the nation’s (and the world’s) most well-respected medical institutions. You will notice hospitals with household recognition (for example, the Mayo Clinic and New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia & Cornell) in addition to hospitals with a record of excellence with smaller household name recognition (such as Unity Point Allen and Lakeview Medical Center).
- Steven J Thompson, CEO of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD
- Dr. John H. Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
- Dr. David Torchiana, CEO of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA
- Dr. Derrick A. Boone, CEO of Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, TX
- Erik G. Wexler, CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA
- Pamela Delagardelle, CEO of Unity Point Allen in Waterloo, IA
- Dr. Stephen K.Klasko, CEO of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA
- Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH
- Dr. Patricia Kapur, CEO of UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA
- Thomas Priselac, CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA
- Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA
- John M. Fogarty, CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA
- Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, CA
- Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia & Cornell in New York City, NY
- Dean M. Harrison, CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL
- Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
- Ned Wolf, CEO of Lakeview Medical Center in Bountiful, UT
- Jeffrey A. Romoff, CEO of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA
- Dave Fox, CEO of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove, IL
- Anthony Patterson, Senior Vice President of the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, AL
The above executives have helped their hospitals and systems become some of the top-ranked institutions in the world. Even though health care is changing, if anyone is going to be able to handle the constant flux that is becoming the norm in health care, we know they are the ones to tackle it head on. Yet, we can’t help but wonder who will lead these storied health institutions to the top during the next generation. One thing is sure, they will have the opportunity to learn, to follow and to succeed from some of the world’s most extraordinary health care leaders. Pay attention because the way they manage their institutions will impact health care for decades to come.