The 50 Most Pow­er­ful Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care

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Money talks. And when it does, peo­ple lis­ten. Which could ex­plain why David Blu­men­thal, the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for health in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, was voted the most pow­er­ful physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tive in Amer­ica by Mod­ern Health­care and Mod­ern Physi­cian read­ers when, in his pre­vi­ous life, as founder of what is now called the Mon­gan In­sti­tute for Health Pol­icy at Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Bos­ton, Blu­men­thal had only made it as high as No. 30 in 2005.

Who­ever has oc­cu­pied the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor’s of­fice has al­ways main­tained a high po­si­tion on the list, and Blu­men­thal is no ex­cep­tion, be­ing voted to the No. 12 spot last year. But, most likely thanks to the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009, or stim­u­lus law, and its pro­vi­sions to pro­vide bil­lions in sub­si­dies for physi­cian and hospi­tal pur­chases of IT sys­tems, Blu­men­thal and his post have been el­e­vated to the top spot.

His pre­de­ces­sors, David Brailer and Robert Kolodner, reached No. 4 (2006) and No. 16 (2007), re­spec­tively.

But the size of one’s bud­get does not al­ways equal the amount of his or her in­flu­ence. Last year’s most pow­er­ful physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tive, Carolyn Clancy, di­rec­tor of the Agency for Health­care Re­search and Qual­ity, heads one of the least-funded branches of HHS. While her bud­get in­creased be­cause of the stim­u­lus law, Clancy dropped to No. 3 this year.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the No. 2 spot has been oc­cu­pied by a fe­male ex­ec­u­tive. This year, it’s Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sioner Mar­garet Ham­burg mak­ing her first ap­pear­ance on the list. Last year’s sec­ond-place fin­isher, Chris­tine Cas­sel, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Board of In­ter­nal Medicine, fell to No. 13.

Al­though read­ers voted be­fore Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed the health­care re­form leg­is­la­tion into law, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s in­flu­ence dom­i­nated the vot­ing with the top six spots be­ing oc­cu­pied by Wash­ing­ton of­fi­cials: Blu­men­thal, Ham­burg, Clancy, Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health Di­rec­tor Fran­cis Collins at

1. David Blu­men­thal Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor for Health In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, HHS, Wash­ing­ton

10. Robert Wachter Chief of the divi­sion of hospi­tal medicine, UCSF Med­i­cal Cen­ter, San Fran­cisco 11. Paul Tang Vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, Palo Alto (Calif.) Med­i­cal Foun­da­tion 12. Pa­trick Soon-Shiong Ex­ec­u­tive chair­man and CEO, Abraxis Bio­Science, Los An­ge­les 13. Chris­tine Cas­sel Pres­i­dent and CEO, Amer­i­can Board of In­ter­nal Medicine, Philadel­phia

2. Mar­garet Ham­burg Com­mis­sioner, Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Sil­ver Spring, Md. 3. Carolyn Clancy Di­rec­tor, Agency for Health­care Re­search and Qual­ity, Wash­ing­ton 4. Fran­cis Collins Di­rec­tor, Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. 5. Thomas Frieden Di­rec­tor, Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, At­lanta

6. Regina Ben­jamin U.S. sur­geon gen­eral, Com­mis­sioned Corps of the U.S. Pub­lic Health Ser­vice, Rockville, Md. 7. Mark Chas­sin Pres­i­dent, Joint Com­mis­sion, Oak Brook, Ill. 8. Emad Rizk Pres­i­dent, McKes­son Health So­lu­tions, Broom­field, Colo. 9. Barry Straube Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, CMS, Wash­ing­ton

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