This week, Modern Healthcare, a leading health policy magazine, unveiled its annual list of the 50 most influential physician executives in health care. For the fifth consecutive year, Georges Benjamin, APHA’s executive director was named to the list. Also among the nominees was Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and APHA member.

Those selected for the prestigious list were chosen based on “their leadership in the varied sectors of the industry, whether provider organizations, government agencies, associations, insurers or supplier companies,” according to publication.

The governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, topped the list this year. He is recognized for demonstrating leadership in working across the aisle to reform his state’s Medicaid program and advance tort reform. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Peggy Hamburg were also included on the list.

“The physicians on this list are not only leading their organizations through tough financial times and budgetary uncertainty, but they also are helping to shape and transform the nation’s evolving health care system from one that rewards volume to one that promotes quality and value,” according to Modern Healthcare.

This is the ninth year the list has been compiled. The full list of health executives was published in the April 22, 2013, issue of Modern Healthcare. A photo gallery of the honorees can be accessed online.

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