Why Doctors Make Good Healthcare CEOs

Healthcare is looking for more CEOs who are physicians. A pertinent question, therefore, is whether physicians generally make good CEOs. And if so, what are the considerations around hiring a doctor to lead the entire organization? In the Q&A below, senior partner Kimberly Smith, FACHE, considers the issues.

There are more physician CEOs today than in years past. Are they generally successful or do results vary significantly from one to another? What factors are at play?

Smith:



David J. Cook, MD: Leadership Is a Time to Learn

 

For David J. Cook, MD, MHA, FAHA, life is about learning. Learning, he says, comes from seizing upon opportunities for new experiences that force him outside of his comfort zone. Dr. Cook holds a B.A. in Biology and Philosophy from Lehigh University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee, and an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College, with residency and fellowship training at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He was an anesthesiologist and faculty member at Mayo who…



Insights into Recruiting a College President

 

Witt/Kieffer senior partner Dennis Barden recently chatted – via the Google Hangouts video service – with Higher Ed Live’s Rob Zinkan about the recruiting of college presidents in this time of great challenges within higher education. Having participated in dozens of presidential searches in recent years, Barden had plenty of insight to share over the course of the 45-minute interview.

Today’s college presidency is such a tough job, Barden notes, that it’s almost “irrational” that individuals would pursue it. Those…



Recruiting Healthcare CISOs: Keep the Big Picture in Mind

By Nick Giannas

In an information age, the critical importance of information security is just becoming fully realized. The most vigilant organizations in the private and public sector are vulnerable to cyber-threats, as we have seen, and it is well known that healthcare data and information will be a target for hackers and other criminals in the future.

Not surprisingly, the position of healthcare Chief Information Security Officer has mushroomed in significance. It’s a true executive-level position, I recently told Rajiv…



Higher Ed Job Candidates: What Do The Best Have In Common?

By Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D.

Sometimes described as a “dog-and-pony show” or likened to speed dating, the interview process for senior-level executives in academia is demanding and often imperfect. After many years in higher education, first as a campus administrator and now as a recruiter, I’m no stranger to either side of the search process.

Recently I had the opportunity to share thoughts on The Best Higher Education Search Committees in an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education. It…



CIOs Can Survive Career Minefields

 

By Chris Wierz

A CIO’s landscape is replete with technology (and career) minefields, and every healthcare CIO should be prepared to navigate through the danger zone. I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion during last fall’s CHIME CIO Fall Forum about how CIOs can avoid, or recover from, four of the most dangerous career minefields.

The excellent CHIME session led to an article. I, along with my fellow panelists—Chris Belmont, Vice President and CIO, University of Texas MD Anderson…



Physicians in the C-Suite: Demand Continues to Outpace Supply

 

The growing number of clinicians making their way to the C-Suite — to Chief Medical Officer, Chief Clinical Officer, and other roles — has been noted many times here on the Witt & Wisdom blog. (See, for example, “Health System Leadership: Seeking Physician Executives with Business Acumen.”) This trend is not slowing down and was the focus of the cover story of Health Leaders Magazine’s May issue. Kudos to that publication for a lengthy, well-researched,…



Chief of Staff: A Much-Needed “Right Hand” for Healthcare CEOs

By Andrew P. Chastain

Healthcare CEOs are experiencing an expanding workload as the industry continues to change, making it challenging to “steer the ship while scanning the horizon for threats and opportunities.” It is unrealistic to think that one person can capably juggle all the responsibilities while serving a wide range of constituents. One solution for CEOs is to engage a chief of staff to serve as their “right hand.”

Though common in politics and the corporate world, a chief of…



A Time to Serve U.S. Service Members

Each spring, Witt/Kieffer employees give back to their communities in a firm-wide “Day of Service.” This year, consultants and staff across the U.S. took time out of the office to honor and support military and veterans organizations for a day.

Fourteen groups at different Witt/Kieffer sites participated over the course of two weeks, dedicating time and resources to the following organizations:



Women and College Sports Leadership: Inroads and Issues

 

Few people know college athletics better than Chris Plonsky, University of Texas Women’s Athletic Director, and Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA). Both Plonsky and Phillips have seen college sports change dramatically over the years and specifically in regards to women’s participation in leadership. Women are making inroads into top jobs in college athletics, they say, but this progress is inconsistent and not certain to continue. Women leaders, for example, will need opportunities to…