Why no Berwick?
I read with some sadness that Dr. Donald Berwick fell completely off your 2012 list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives (April 23, p. 26).
At the start of the nominating process in November-december 2011, Berwick was still CMS administrator, though it was widely expected he would be forced to leave by year end. Nevertheless, he did make the final cut of 100 candidates on the January-february 2012 ballot, during which time his future position was unknown. It was announced in March that he had accepted a position as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
Now, I have no way of knowing where Berwick finished among the final 100 nor do I intend any criticism of the 17,000 voters, your senior editors or of this year’s top 50 selectees. But I would suggest that one would be hard put to find a single one among eight years’ worth of top 50 who has been more influential on health reform than Berwick nor one who is likely to be so during this election year.
Dr. Marvin S. Wool