Interview Series: Lessons from Health Care Leaders

Leadership has been described as the art of taking people to a place that, on their own, they’d not choose to go. On behalf of NEJM Catalyst, Mary Jane Kornacki, MS, Founding Partner of Amicus, Inc., talks with some of the leading figures in health care today about their experiences from the front lines of leadership. Interviewees discuss experiencing failure, being introspective, resiliency, bringing joy back to work, role models and challenging colleagues, the importance of listening, and their success stories.

Lessons in Leadership


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Edgar Schein, PhD – Part 1 & Part 2

Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management


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Della Lin, MD

Senior Fellow, Patient Safety Leadership, Estes Park Institute


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Navina Evans, MBBS, DCH, MRCPsych

Chief Executive, East London NHS Foundation Trust


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John B. Chessare MD, MPH

President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Baltimore Medical Center HealthCare


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Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS

Senior Vice President of Community Health and Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System


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Kevin Rooney, MBChB, FRCA, FFICM, FRCP (Edin)

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Alexandra Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Scotland


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Izabela Nowosielski, MD, CPE, FHM, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Greater Hudson Valley Medical Group


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Gary Kaplan, MD

CEO and Chairman, Virginia Mason Health System


Howard Green Head Shot

Howard Green, MD

Chief of Anesthesiology, Winchester Medical Center


Joseph Pina Head Shot

U.S. Army Col. Joseph S. Pina, MD

Commander, DiLorenzo Tricare Health Clinic


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Michael Shabot, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System


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James Reinertsen, MD

President, The Reinertsen Group


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Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health


Nick Restrepo Head Shot

Nick Restrepo, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs, Winchester Medical Center


These stories were recorded live at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 28th and 29th Annual National Forum in Orlando, Florida, December 2016 and December 2017, by Mary Jane Kornacki on behalf of NEJM Catalyst. Edgar Schein’s story was recorded at Stanford in Palo Alto in March 2018. We wish to thank IHI for support of this project, especially Madge Kaplan for her technical advice and guidance.

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