Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers in Hospital Medicine, July 2015


Robert Wachter, MD, MHM, has been named Most Influential Physician Executive by Modern Healthcare. Dr. Wachter tops the list of 50 of the country’s most influential physician executives and leaders, which includes two other hospitalists in the top 20. Dr. Wachter is the chief of the division of hospital medicine at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and professor and associate chair of the department of medicine.

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, MHM, was recently named one of America’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders by Modern Healthcare. At number 11, he is one of three hospitalists to be included this year. Dr. Conway is a pediatric hospitalist and acting deputy principal administrator for innovation and quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as chief medical officer for CMS.

Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, has also been included on Modern Healthcare’s list of the nation’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders as one of three hospitalists. Dr. Murthy is ranked at number 16, which puts all three featured hospitalists in the top 20. Dr. Murthy, who was recently appointed U.S. Surgeon General, is a practicing hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Ron Greeno, MD, MHM, has been named by IPC Healthcare Inc. to the new position of chief strategy officer. Dr. Greeno will lead strategic initiatives for the North Hollywood, Calif.-based organization, which employs nearly 2,000 clinicians in more than 400 hospitals and 1,700 post-acute care facilities. Dr. Greeno, who previously served as CMO of Cogent, is a founding member of SHM, a current board member, and longtime chair of the SHM Public Policy Committee. “As a pioneer in hospital medicine,” said IPC CEO Adam Singer, MD, in a statement, “Dr. Greeno’s breadth of experience is uniquely qualified and well positioned to support IPC’s efforts in leading and innovating across the acute and post-acute care continuum.”

Joshua Brickner, DO, is the 2015 Physician of the Year at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo. Dr. Brickner is an adult and pediatric hospitalist at Lake Regional Hospital, a 116-bed acute care facility. Dr Brickner is lauded by his colleagues and patients for his compassion, bedside manner, and dedication to his patients.

Andrew Dunn, MD, MPH, SFHM, has been named the 2015-2016 chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Dunn is a senior fellow of SHM and currently works for Mount Sinai Health System as chief of the division of hospital medicine. He also teaches medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Louis O’Boyle, DO, SFHM, recently earned a Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine (CLHM) from the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. O’Boyle completed a series of courses and a research study, “A Multidisciplinary, Multi-interventional Approach to Reducing Readmissions in the Rural Setting,” to become the fourth U.S. doctor to receive the CLHM. Dr. O’Boyle is chief hospitalist at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa.

Van “Beaux” Slaughter, MD, is the 2015 Physician of the Year at FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham, N.C. Dr. Slaughter serves as director of hospitalist regional services for the FirstHealth Physician Group, as well as chief of the medical staff of the three campuses of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. Dr. Slaughter is lauded for his “great bedside manner” and his polite and collaborative attitude toward his colleagues.

Surinder Yadav, MD, SFHM, is the new vice president of hospital medicine for CEP America, based in Emeryville, Calif. Dr. Yadav comes to CEP America from TeamHealth, where he served as senior regional medical director for the West Coast region. After he completed his residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., Dr. Yadav served as associate medical director of hospital medicine and healthcare quality. CEP America is a private, national medical staffing company founded in 1975.

Business Moves

Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (ApolloMed), a private physician staffing company based in Glendale, Calif., has partnered with the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine to launch the USC Hospitalist Leadership Fellowship Program. The program will be a one-year training and educational program for internal medicine graduates to gain experience in the delivery of hospital medicine.

Hospitalists Now Inc. (HNI) based in Austin, Texas, recently merged with Cambridge Hospitalists of Rancho Mirage, Calif., an acute-care hospitalist staffing company. HNI is a private hospitalist staffing firm serving hospitals in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Rhode Island, and California.

IPC Healthcare recently acquired Accountability Healthcare in Birmingham, Ala., a regional post-acute care practice. IPC is a national physician staffing company providing hospitalist and post-acute care services in over 400 hospitals and 1,700 post-acute facilities across the country.

IPC Healthcare named three of its physicians as 2014 Acute Care Hospitalists of the Year:

Frankie Wendell Erdman, MD, works at Mobile Medical Center in Mobile, Ala., as an IPC practice group leader.

Peter Weitzman, MD, works as an IPC practice group leader at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash.

Kunal Bhagat, MD, serves as an IPC practice group leader at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

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