The Physician Leadership Imperative in Times of Crisis

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Presented By

John M. Zerwas, MD

Executive Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs
The University of Texas System

Mary Dale Peterson, MD, FACHE, FASA

Executive Vice President/COO
Driscoll Health System

Paul Pomerantz, FACHE

American Society of Anesthesiologists
About the Session

Physician leadership has become essential as health systems must navigate system transformation and value-based care/population health. COVID-19 has accelerated this trend, with physicians playing critical roles to adapt system capacity, maintain essential services and fiscal health, address supply chain issues, ensure workforce and patient safety, and strengthen workforce resilience. Because of the novel nature of the virus, physician leaders have had to stay current with new research and interpret its implications for the clinical setting. Rapid implementation and continuous learning are essential, as is the need to build multidisciplinary teams. Physician leaders must also play a key role in interacting with policymakers, the media and the public at large. This session explores, through three brief case studies, the role of physician leaders and physician-executive dyads in a statewide health system, a children’s hospital system and a national medical society.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn key attributes and skills of physician leaders in times of crisis.
  • Discuss the role of physician leaders and physician-executive dyads in government and health systems to ensure the optimal response to a crisis.