Healthcare needs strong leaders now more than ever to navigate their organizations through the pandemic and digital transformation. The following 113 great leaders champion innovation and have built a solid cultural foundation for success in the future.
For questions and comments on this list, contact Laura Dyrda at firstname.lastname@example.org. Naomi Diaz, Cailey Gleeson, Georgina Gonzalez, Riz Hatton, Marissa Plescia and Ariana Portalatin contributed to the development of this list.
Greg Adams. Chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Mr. Adams leads a network of 39 hospitals, 730 medical offices and more than 216,000 employees. His work is focused on growing the organization’s membership, improving affordability and expanding healthcare access. He holds leadership positions at several organizations, including being a member of the board of directors for America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Erol Akdamar. President of Medical City Healthcare, North Texas division of HCA Healthcare (Dallas). Mr. Akdamar has been president of Medical City Healthcare since 2013, overseeing 16 hospitals and 11 ASCs in addition to other facilities. He is responsible for creating the strategic direction for the system and increasing market share. Mr. Akdamar also leads the health system’s strategic command center, the focal point for decision-making during the pandemic.
Nancy Howell Agee. President and CEO of Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). Ms. Agee’s role serves more than 1 million people in West Virginia and Virginia. She also operates home health, imaging services, pharmacies and freestanding surgical clinics. Ms. Agee is a strong leader in the hospital space and has served as chair of the American Hospital Association.
Barry Arbuckle, PhD. President and CEO of MemorialCare (Fountain Valley, Calif.). Dr. Arbuckle oversees MemorialCare’s network of more than 200 care locations. Under his leadership, MemorialCare entered a contract to provide healthcare services to Boeing’s Southern California employees. He also has chaired the Integrated Healthcare Association and serves on its board.
Carl Armato. President and CEO of Novant Health (Charlotte, N.C.). Mr. Armato served in multiple leadership roles at Novant Health before becoming its president and CEO, joining the healthcare system in 1998 as the vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem. Before joining Novant Health, he served as the vice president of operations for First Care Physicians and director of finance for the General Health System in Baton Rouge, La. He serves on the board of directors for healthcare performance company Vizient and is a member of its finance committee.
Jeffrey Balser, MD, PhD. President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Dr. Balser is credited with leading Vanderbilt University Medical Center to increased financial, patient and facility growth. Its network includes five campuses, seven hospitals and more than 3,000 clinicians in its employed medical practice. It saw more than 2.5 million patient visits and more than $5 million in revenue in 2021. Dr. Balser also serves on the boards of VUMC, New Orleans-based Tulane University, the Center for Medical Interoperability and the Nashville Healthcare Council.
Barclay Berdan. CEO of Texas Health Resources (Arlington). Mr. Berdan leads a health system listed on the Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” lists. He served as the organization’s senior executive vice president and chief operating officer before becoming CEO in 2014. He has previously served as chair of the Texas Hospital Association and chair and board member of the American Heart Association Tarrant County chapter.
Paul Black. CEO of Allscripts (Chicago). Mr. Black has served as Allscripts’ CEO since 2012. Before joining Allscripts, he served in various leadership roles for health IT company Cerner. He has also been a member of the board of directors for several organizations in health IT, consumer goods, remote patient monitoring, healthcare services, healthcare delivery, and healthcare device and consumer internet marketing. He is currently a board member for the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and the Advancement Board of the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City.
Marc Boom, MD. President and CEO of Houston Methodist (Houston). Dr. Boom helms a hospital network with more than 1,000 beds that Fortune has named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. He is also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and maintains a part-time practice specializing in preventive medicine, lipid disorders and hypertension.
Marna Borgstrom. CEO of Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health. Ms. Borgstrom’s health system features more than 2,500 beds and more than 26,000 employees. Her career started 37 years ago at Yale New Haven Hospital. She held multiple positions before being appointed CEO of Yale New Haven Hospital and president and CEO of Yale New Haven Health in 2005. She chairs the boards of the Healthcare Institute and the Coalition to Protect America’s Healthcare and sits on several other healthcare organization boards.
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