Two Indian American physicians have been named by Modern Healthcare magazine on this year’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.”
They are: Dr. Ram Raju, 63, president and chief executive officer of New York Health and Hospitals Corp. in New York City; and Dr. Tejal K. Gandhi, 46, president of the Boston, Mass.-based nonprofit National Patient Safety Foundation and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute.
In the Aug. 25 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, Raju was named the 37th most influential. Gandhi — one of only 21 women on the list — was ranked 49th.
A vascular and trauma surgeon and former CEO of Chicago’s Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Raju was appointed HHC president and CEO by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March 2014.
HHC is a $6.7-billion integrated healthcare delivery system and the largest municipal healthcare organization in the U.S. Its own health plan, Metroplus, serves 1.4 million New York City residents each year, of which more than 475,000 are uninsured.
Before running the Chicago public hospitals system, Raju was HHC’s chief medical officer, corporate chief operating officer and chief operating officer and medical director of HHC’s Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn.
“I’m honored to be among this impressive company of policy and business leaders whose vision and contributions to the industry are setting the stage for transforming health care in this country,” Raju said in a statement.
Gandhi is a board certified internist and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on patient safety and reducing errors using information systems.
NPS is a nonprofit group that has advocated for patient safety since 1997. The Leape Institute is the foundation’s think-tank.
Gandhi won the 2009 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award for contributions to epidemiology and possible prevention strategies for medical errors in outpatient care.
Before becoming president of the foundation in 2013, she was chief quality and safety officer at Partners HealthCare and executive director of quality and safety at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Gandhi has an M.D. and master’s in public health from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and trained at Duke University Medical Center.
“It is gratifying to see such broad recognition of the safety and quality advancements on which NPSF and many of our partners and collaborators have long focused," Gandhi said in a statement.
Modern Healthcare selected a total of 300 finalists from a pool of 15,000 names. Both public voting and editors’ deliberations resulted in the 100 who were selected.
President Barack Obama is in first place on the list this year.