Hospitalist movers and shakers – Sept. 2018


Modern Healthcare recently announced its list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders, and hospital medicine was well represented among the honorees. The honored physicians were selected by a panel of experts and peers for their leadership and impact on the profession.

Topping the list was Scott Gottlieb, MD, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gottlieb was confirmed to his position in May 2017 and, in his first year, has focused on price transparency and the approval of generic medications.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Dr. Gottlieb was deputy commissioner of the FDA from 2005-2007, and he has worked as an advisor and analyst for GlaxoSmithKline, the American Enterprise Institute, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Avilene Health.

Dr. Gottlieb earned his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. He has worked as a hospitalist at New York University’s Tisch Hospital, the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and Stamford (Conn.) Hospital.

Patrick Conway, MD, was listed at number 23 on Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. Formerly the deputy administrator for innovation and quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Dr. Conway recently became president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Dr. Patrick Conway, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Dr. Patrick Conway

Dr. Conway is known for his ability to develop and promote alternative payment models. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine’s Institute of Medicine in 2014 and was selected as a Master of Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Lynn Massingale, MD, the cofounder and chairman of TeamHealth, was named one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders for a third year running, coming in at number 27 on the list. Dr. Massingale, who also recently was named to the Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame, founded TeamHealth in 1979 and was its chief executive officer for 30 years before assuming the role of chairman in 2008.

TeamHealth provides outsourced emergency medicine, hospitalist, critical care, anesthesiology, and acute care surgery services, among other specialties, at more than 3,200 facilities and physician groups across the United States.

Veeravat Taecharvongphairoj, MD, a veteran internist and hospitalist at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, Calif., has been honored by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals in its Leading Physicians of the World publication.

Dr. Taecharvongphairoj completed his residency at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, before accepting a fellowship in hospital and palliative care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Sean Bain, MD, has been selected to the Glen Falls (N.Y.) Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees for 2018. Dr. Bain works as a hospitalist/internist at Glen Falls Hospital, where he is the president of medical staff. He manages the credentialing, continuing education, and policies and practices for the staff’s providers.


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