By  |  April 13, 2010 | 

A quick note of thanks: The annual list of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in the U.S.” was released today by Modern Healthcare magazine, and yours truly clocks in at number 10, just behind the Surgeon General and the heads of the NIH, CDC, FDA, AHRQ, and Joint Commission. In fact, #10 makes me the top ranked academic physician on the list… and, more importantly, the top blogger!

While I assume that my family (particularly the folks in Boca) voted early and often, I’m certain that the readers of this blog had plenty to do with this honor. I am truly humbled and grateful.


  1. blackwhitereadallover April 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Please don’t discount your clear writing that allows non-medical readers to access the information you present. AND that you are willing to take in new information, which is huge.

  2. menoalittle April 14, 2010 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Congratulations, Bob,

    If only the other 49 would read your essays and my comments. Do you pump iron?

    Best regards,


  3. hospitalrx May 13, 2010 at 4:23 am - Reply

    #10—well deserved. However, you are #1 among your colleagues when it comes not only to thinking so broadly and deeply, but also to sacrificing precious time to put your thoughts down for our benefit. I am grateful.

  4. arif saim July 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for such a good information, “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in the U.S.”

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About the Author: Bob Wachter

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he holds the Lynne and Marc Benioff Endowed Chair in Hospital Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. He has published 250 articles and 6 books in the fields of quality, safety, and health policy. He coined the term hospitalist” in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article and is past-president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He is generally considered the academic leader of the hospitalist movement, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is also a national leader in the fields of patient safety and healthcare quality. He is editor of AHRQ WebM&M, a case-based patient safety journal on the Web, and AHRQ Patient Safety Network, the leading federal patient safety portal. Together, the sites receive nearly one million unique visits each year. He received one of the 2004 John M. Eisenberg Awards, the nation’s top honor in patient safety and quality. He has been selected as one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare magazine for the past eight years, the only academic physician to achieve this distinction; in 2015 he was #1 on the list. He is a former chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller.


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