500 People to Know in Healthcare

Here are more than 500 people to know in healthcare. These physicians, C-suite executives, policymakers and others have displayed dedication to improving the healthcare industry. In varied ways, each of these individuals has influenced and continues to shape healthcare in the United States.

Note: This list includes leaders from previous lists combined by the Becker’s Healthcare editorial team. Leaders could not and cannot pay for inclusion. Names are arranged alphabetically.

Joshua Adler, MD, is CMO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. In addition to his CMO duties, Dr. Adler is medical director of UCSF Ambulatory Care, overseeing UCSF’s more than 90 ambulatory clinics.

Richard Afable, MD, is president and CEO of Covenant Health Network in Irvine and Newport Beach, Calif. Dr. Afable leads Covenant Health Network, formed as a result of an affiliation between Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health and Newport Beach-based Hoag. Prior to his current position, he served as president and CEO of Hoag.

Nancy Howell Agee is president and CEO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va. Ms. Agee has headed the integrated healthcare organization since June 2011. She previously served as executive vice president and COO of Carilion.

Yousuf Ahmad, DrPH, is president and CEO of Mercy Health in Cincinnati. Dr. Ahmad became president and CEO of Mercy Health, part of Catholic Health Partners, in June 2013. Prior to his current role, Dr. Ahmad served as divisional senior vice president and president of Mercy Health Physicians.

Mohammed Shafeeq Ahmed, MD, is COO and CMO of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and Baystate Health Eastern Region in Springfield, Mass. Dr. Ahmed joined Baystate in 2003 as Mary Lane Hospital’s chief of obstetrics/gynecology. He previously served as vice president of medical staff. He now oversees medical operations at Mary Lane Hospital while serving on the senior leadership team for Baystate Health’s Eastern region.

Terry Akin is president and COO of Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Health. He joined Cone Health in July 2009 as COO, and he was named president in April 2012. He previously worked as senior vice president and COO of Harris Methodist Fort Worth (Texas) Hospital. He will replace current Cone Health CEO Tim Rice in January 2015.

Michael Allen is CFO of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Previously, Mr. Allen served as CFO of Winona (Minn.) Health for the past 12 years. He also served as CFO and chief compliance officer of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services in Gibson City, Ill.

Joel T. Allison is CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas. Mr. Allison was formerly CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, which merged with Temple, Texas-based Scott & White Healthcare in October. Mr. Allison now leads the largest nonprofit healthcare system in Texas with 43 hospitals.

Drew Altman, PhD, is president and CEO of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Kaiser Family Foundation. Before he founded the Kaiser Family Foundation in the early 1990s, he served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services under Gov. Tom Kean.

Steven M. Altschuler, MD, is CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Altschuler has served as CEO of the hospital since 2000, before which he served as the physician-in-chief and chairman of the department of pediatrics.

George J. Amrom, MD, is vice president for medical affairs at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Amrom was appointed to his position at Hahnemann in 1997. In addition to his position there, he serves as CQO, vice chair for the department of surgery and associate professor of surgery at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Benjamin Anderson is the administrator and CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. He has served at the helm of Kearny County Hospital, about 230 miles outside Wichita, since June 2013. He was previously CEO of Ashland (Kan.) Health Center. He is largely responsible for the development of a unique paid time off program that allows employees up to eight weeks of PTO every year, which helps attract high-quality, mission-driven physicians and staff.

Dianne Anderson, RN, MS, is president and CEO of Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital. She was appointed to her current role in 2009. She has previously served as senior vice president of clinical operations and vice president of nursing and patient care at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston.