How the rank­ing was de­ter­mined

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who has made four ap­pear­ances on the most in­flu­en­tial physi­cian ex­ec­u­tive list, and Dr. Reed Tuck­son, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief of med­i­cal af­fairs for Unit­edHealth Group, who has made three ap­pear­ances on the list.

To com­pile the eighth an­nual rank­ing of the 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care (be­fore 2011 it was called the 50 Most Pow­er­ful Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care), Mod­ern Health­care and sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Mod­ern Physi­cian is­sued a call for nom­i­na­tions on Nov. 7, 2011. From Nov. 7 through Dec. 16, readers sub­mit­ted nom­i­na­tions via ModernPhysi­ and Mod­ern­Health­

Nearly 2,700 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion. The 100 names re­ceiv­ing the most nom­i­na­tions were then placed on the final bal­lot. From Jan. 2 through

“Eric Topol has writ­ten an ex­traor­di­nar­ily im­por­tant book at just the right mo­ment,” writes Tuck­son, who is ninth on this year’s list (his high­est place­ment ever) and was for­merly se­nior vice pres­i­dent of pro­fes­sional stan­dards for the AMA. “Dr. Feb. 10, readers could sub­mit their votes for the can­di­dates they be­lieved should make the final rank­ing. Nearly 17,000 bal­lots were cast this year.

Like last year, readers’ votes counted for only 50% of the out­come. The other 50% came from the ex­pert opin­ions of the se­nior ed­i­tors at Mod­ern Physi­cian and Mod­ern Health­care. Mod­ern Physi­cian and Mod­ern Health­care also re­served the right to re­solve vot­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the 50 Most In­flu­en­tial Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives in Health­care pro­gram, please visit the Recog­ni­tion sec­tion of ei­ther Mod­ern­Health­ or ModernPhysi­ Topol opens the door for an es­sen­tial dis­cus­sion of old chal­lenges viewed through an in­no­va­tive lens.”

Last year Topol, who is chief aca­demic of­fi­cer for Scripps Health, placed No. 69 on Mod­ern Health­care’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in Health­care list. He also is di­rec­tor of the Scripps Trans­la­tional Sci­ence In­sti­tute, whose stated mis­sion is to re­place “one-size-fits-all medicine with in­di­vid­u­al­ized health­care” while ac­cel­er­at­ing in­no­va­tion and the in­te­gra­tion of re­search find­ings into med­i­cal prac­tice.


Oth­ers join­ing him in mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance on this year’s 50 Most In­flu­en­tial rank­ing are Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the U.S. na­tional co­or­di­na­tor for health­care in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, No. 4; Dr. Kelvin Baggett, se­nior vice pres­i­dent and chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer at Tenet Health­care Corp., Dal­las, No. 6; Dr. Su­san Tur­ney, pres­i­dent and CEO, MGMAACMPE (for­merly the Med­i­cal Group Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion), No. 11; Dr. Larry Wel­lik­son, CEO, So­ci­ety of Hospi­tal Medicine, Philadel­phia, No. 17; Dr. Wi­ley “Chip” Souba, act­ing di­rec­tor, Dart­mouth In­sti­tute for Health Pol­icy & Clin­i­cal Prac­tice and vice

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