Four Kaiser Permanente executives were recognized for their leadership and impact on U.S. health care by Modern Healthcare, a leading trade publication, in its annual ranking. Specifically, former Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson was posthumously honored as the second most influential person and the highest ranking private sector leader following Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Tyson was recognized for overseeing substantial growth of Kaiser Permanente during his tenure and for having “pushed the industry to address such issues as mental health and social determinants.” This is the sixth year running that Tyson was recognized as the highest ranking leader from the private sector, signaling Kaiser Permanente’s growing influence nationally in both health and health care. During that same time, government leaders with national influence over health policy, including U.S. presidents, U.S. senators, and U.S. Supreme Court justices, have been named to the top spot.
This year, in addition to Tyson, 3 other Kaiser Permanente leaders were recognized in the 100 Most Influential People list. Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer, ranked number 68. Edward M. Ellison, MD, executive medical director and Chairman of the board, Southern California Permanente Medical Group; Chairman of the board and CEO, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group; and co-CEO, The Permanente Federation LLC, ranked number 73. And Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD, founding dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine ranked number 88.
“We’re proud that so many of our leaders were recognized by peers and the editorial team at Modern Healthcare for their widespread influence in health care,” said Gregory A. Adams, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving health outcomes and helping people thrive. We will continue the incredible legacy of Bernard Tyson and drive forward our mission, which is as relevant today as it was 75 years ago. Let’s recommit ourselves to delivering high-quality, affordable health care services and improving the health of 12.2 million members and the nearly 68 million people who live in the communities we serve.”
Dr. Choucair was recognized by Modern Healthcare for his leadership driving the organization’s community health efforts and philanthropic giving activities. This year, among other things, he facilitated the rollout of Kaiser Permanente’s Thrive Local initiative, which will connect the system’s more than 12 million members to community services that address their social needs.
Dr. Ellison was featured for his role in providing strategic leadership to all Permanente Medical Groups. Additionally, Ellison was cited as executive sponsor and board member of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, which opens in 2020.
Dr. Schuster was recognized for his role creating a “model medical education” as founding dean and CEO of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. The holistic curriculum will include community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and personalized patient-centered care. The school, which is named in honor of Tyson, will also waive tuition for its first 5 graduating classes.
View Modern Healthcare’s complete list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.