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California Physician Leadership Program
A customized program developed by and for physician leaders and medical executives

Current session concludes April 2017
If interested in the next session beginning Fall 2017, please complete the Interest Form


Are you ready for your role in the new era of health care?
The California Physician Leadership Program is a comprehensive educational program designed to challenge and grow physician leaders and medical executives. Participants will learn to assume greater leadership, serve as a driver of change and achieve better outcomes for patients.

The program offers a unique balance of academic and real-world subject matter experts to deliver practical and meaningful education. Topics include:

  • Health care policy, the political environment, economics and the dynamics driving change in our industry
  • Personal and professional leadership, organizational culture, leading and managing change
  • Developing and executing strategy, influence and negotiations, strategic alliances
  • Quality of care drivers, reliability, high-value health care, and the interdependence of quality and reimbursement
  • Population health management and emerging health care delivery systems
  • Health care laws, regulations and business

Each module is crafted to provide comprehensive, well-rounded instruction to cultivate better physician leaders. Using group-based learning, participants will work with colleagues to improve team leadership, interpersonal communication and collaborative problem-solving skills. The program will culminate with a project emphasizing practical applications of the program’s concepts to relevant issues and problems you face every day in health care delivery.

The program is a collaborative effort of the California Hospital Association, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, Hospital Association of Southern California, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the USC Marshall School of Business, Executive Education and the Keck School of Medicine.


Physician leaders from across the state participated in the inaugural, 2014 – 2015 program.

Hear what they have to say about the California Physician Leadership Program.

Interest Form

Program Schedule

The 14-day program takes place two days per month over a span of seven months to maximize learning while respecting career demands. The program begins in October and ends in April; classes are held on Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., on or near the USC campus in Los Angeles.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of leadership from the four hospital associations.


Learn how to navigate the increasingly complex health care landscape from renowned academics with the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and medical executives and real-world experts from the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Quality Institute and other prominent organizations. The information provided in this certificate program will supplement your clinical expertise with strategic leadership skills to take charge of the business of medicine.

Faculty include USC professors and health care experts. Faculty for the October 2016 — April 2017 session include:

Robert Myrtle, PhD
Director Emeritus, Executive Master of Leadership and Professor Emeritus of Health Administration
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

Dr. Myrtle’s teaching and research interests involve cross-school collaborations including the Keck School of Medicine (factors influencing the performance of Surgical Teams), and the Marshall School of Business, Executive Education (career patterns of physician executives). He is the recipient of the Academy of Management’s Health Care Division’s Teaching Excellence Award; named the Most Inspirational Business Professor and Professor of the Year (3 times). Professor Myrtle was the chair of the Los Angeles County’s Hospitals and Health Services Commission.

Lloyd Bookman
Founding Partner
Hooper Lundy & Bookman, PC

Lloyd Bookman in a nationally recognized health care attorney whose practice has exclusively involved the representation of health care providers in reimbursement, regulatory and transactional matters. He received the Mathies Award for Health Care Leadership from Partners in Care and is often recognized by Super Lawyers and Chambers USA as one of the premier health care attorneys in the United States.

Schumarry Chao, MD, MBA
President, SHC-PMAC Consulting and Clinical Professor
School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy, USC

Dr. Chao has successful leadership, strategic and operational experience on “all sides of the healthcare industry” — insurer, delivery system management, employer, pharmaceutical and health care information technology. She is regarded as a health care industry expert in the development of a number of strategic and marketing plans, as well as a skilled facilitator to drive alignment of interests for successful execution.

Anthony Chavis, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Patient Safety Officer Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Dr. Chavis served as the chair of the Center for Hospital Medical Executives, which advises CHA on public policy and other matters related to medical and medical staff issues. He was named the 2011 Healthcare Administrator by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. and has been honored for his efforts on infection prevention and control.

C. Duane Dauner
California Hospital Association

C. Duane Dauner is a nationally-known health care leader and is active in national hospital and health care issues. He serves on numerous American Hospital Association and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) boards and committees. In 2002, he received ACHE’s highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, and has been honored by the Partners in Care Foundation, National Health Foundation, UCLA and Health Care Executives of Southern California.

Nathaniel Fast, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management and Organization
USC Marshall School of Business

Dr. Fast’s award-winning research explores how people shape and are shaped by hierarchy, roles and culture. He studies the ways in which power and status affect how people perceive reality, make decisions and behave toward others. He also examines the psychological processes that influence the spread of ideas and culture.

Stacy Geck
Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication
USC Marshall School of Business

Stacy Geck is an expert in organizational communication effectiveness, intercultural communication, managerial communication, executive presence coaching, effective mentoring techniques and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator as a certified facilitator and practitioner. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cooperative Education, the Western Speech Communication Association and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Outside of USC, she frequently works as an independent management consultant specializing in executive effectiveness and organizational change.

Merle Hopkins, PhD
Professor of Clinical Accounting
USC Leventhal School of Accounting

Dr. Hopkins teaches financial accounting, managerial accounting and entrepreneurial finance for the USC Master of Medical Management program. Actively involved in several ongoing programs for the USC Office of Executive Development, Dr. Hopkins previously served as regional director for Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor organization for financial information professionals.

Maleek Jamal, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Safe and Reliable Healthcare, LLC

Dr. Maleek Jamal is a lecturer in the Departments of Medicine and Human Genetics at McGill University, and Chief Strategy Officer of Safe and Reliable Healthcare, LLC. He has worked closely with Clay Christensen to develop models of disruptive innovation and advantage, eventually applying them for clients such as Mayo Clinic, Apple, Tesla, Pfizer, CVS, Alliance Healthcare Services and the University of California. Dr. Jamal is focused on the development of strategies to measure and design culture change across health care, and the creation of new pathways to clinical and financial value.

Geoffrey Joyce, PhD
Director of Health Policy, Schaeffer Center and Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy
USC School of Pharmacy

Dr. Joyce’s research focuses on the costs of medical care and the role of insurance. Dr. Joyce’s research sponsors include the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense, Amgen, Merck, Genentech, UnitedHealth, Pacificare and the California Healthcare Foundation.

Gary Kaplan, MD
Chairman and CEO
Virginia Mason Health System

Dr. Kaplan is one of the most influential physician executives in health care. He is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform and has held leadership positions with numerous organizations, including the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Medical Group Management Association, and the Washington Healthcare Forum.

James D. Leo, MD
Medical Director of Best Practice and Clinical Outcomes
MemorialCare Health System

Dr. Leo serves as the Medical Director of Best Practice and Clinical Outcomes for the MemorialCare Health System where he oversees the implementation of evidence-based medicine into the electronic health record across the MemorialCare system. His private practice in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine emphasizes wellness and disease prevention.

Michael Leonard, MD
Managing Partner
Safe & Reliable Healthcare, LLC

Dr. Michael Leonard is an adjunct professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine and managing partner of Safe and Reliable Healthcare, LLC. His interests include the effective adoption of a culture of safety and teamwork in high-risk environments into health care in clear, effective and sustainable ways. He has worked extensively to develop practical, comprehensive models that enhance patient- and family-centered care, effective leadership, collaborative teamwork, high reliability and an environment of continuous learning and improvement.

Liz Lorenzi
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Liz has more than 25 years of management experience in the health service industry, including progressive operational and financial leadership in business development, managed care contracting, strategic planning and physician integration. She provides leadership for a number of key initiatives, including health information exchange, physician alignment, value-based purchasing and care management and coordination.

Helen Macfie, PharmD
Chief Transformation Officer
MemorialCare Health System, Fountain Valley

Dr. Macfie has executive responsibility for system transformation, performance improvement, clinical quality, patient safety, patient-family experience, strategic planning and value-added teams. She speaks nationally on strategy, Lean principles, performance improvement and patient safety. Previously she was MemorialCare’s Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and received its Living Our Leadership Award. 

Kyle Mayer, PhD
Associate Professor of Management and Organization
USC Marshall School of Business

Dr. Mayer studies how firms govern relationships with other firms, with particular attention to the contract and its role in establishing a framework for the relationship. His research has been published in Organizational Science, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2003, Marshall’s Educator of the Year Award in 2006, and a Mellon Mentoring Award from USC in 2006.

Morgan McCall, PhD
Professor of Management and Organization
USC Marshall School of Business

One of the nation’s top leadership scholars, Dr. McCall focuses his research on the assessment, development and derailment of executive talent. He was the winner of the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Marion Gislason award for Leadership in Executive Development from The Executive Development Roundtable at Boston University. 

Jeff McHenry, PhD
Principal, Rainier Leadership Solutions and Adjunct Professor of Management, Georgetown University
Dr. McHenry’s areas of expertise include coaching and developing senior leaders, high-potential development, leadership team development and succession planning. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Anne McLeod, MPH
Senior Vice President, Health Policy & Innovation
California Hospital Association

Anne McLeod has served as CHA’s health care reform resource since 2007. She coordinates CHA’s efforts on the development, communication and implementation of policies related to health care reform, and also provides leadership for the design, development and implementation of hospital fee and other financing programs.

Julianne Morath, RN, MS, CPPS
Hospital Quality Institute

Julianne Morath is an internationally recognized expert in health care quality and patient safety. She is the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety and is a founding member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation. She served on the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission and is a distinguished adviser and founding member of the National Patient Safety Foundation. Recently, she was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety.

David Perrott, MD, DDS, MBA, FACS
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
California Hospital Association

Dr. Perrott serves as CHA’s resource for medical staff issues, accreditation and licensing, and policy issues regarding patient safety and quality. He oversees CHA’s Center for Hospital Medical Executives and Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing. He also serves as board chair for the Hospital Quality Institute and is a member of the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission.

Julia Plotts, MBA
Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics
USC Marshall School of Business

Professor Plotts specializes in financial analysis and valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. She is the author of several valuation case studies and contributed to Valuation: The Art and Science of Corporate Investment Decisions.

Nandini Rajagopalan, PhD
Captain Henry Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management and Organization
USC Marshall School of Business

Dr. Rajagopalan’s research has examined CEO succession and strategic change, corporate governance in emerging economies, corporate boards, and corporate diversification and innovation.

Terance Wolfe, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
USC Marshall School of Business

Terance Wolfe is known for his work in strategic planning, executive development through team-building and coaching, and organizational assessment and change. He has been a member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, World Future Society, World Affairs Council, Asian Business League, Institute of Management Consultants, and Society for Human Resource Management, and consults for a variety of private, public and not-for-profit organizations.


Assume greater leadership, serve as a driver of change and achieve better outcomes for patients. Plan to participate in this unique program today.

$13,500 for individuals registered by July 15, 2017. Tuition increases to $15,000 after that date. Program is limited to 40 participants.

Tuition includes CMEs, lunch and course materials. Travel and housing costs are additional; registrants are responsible for making their own arrangements.

Cancellation/Substitution Policy

You may cancel by July 15, 2017, without incurring a fee (except a $100 processing fee). Substitutions are encouraged in lieu of cancellation. Cancellation and substitution requests must be submitted via email to Cancellations received after July 15, 2017, are not guaranteed. If the class reaches the 40-person capacity, we may be able to authorize cancellation refunds after the deadline, or apply registration fees to a future California Physician Leadership Program.

Important note: Information and materials relating to the California Physician Leadership Program are for informational and registration purposes only, and do not constitute legal advice. Any questions or concerns related to participation in the program or payment for program registration on behalf of a physician should be reviewed by legal counsel.

Earn CME

Continuing Medical Education

Earn up to 105 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the USC Marshall School of Business, Executive Education. The Keck School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California designates this live activity for a maximum of 105 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Following participation in this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply strategic thinking to their organization and decision making on a daily basis.
  • Understand and use financial information to enhance organizational and program effectiveness.
  • Use contemporary leadership processes to affect change in their daily practice, in response to changes in health care policy.
  • Assess the rapidly changing health care industry as a whole and successfully navigate the challenges being ushered in.

USC’s Master of Medical Management

Should attendees want to pursue USC’s Marshall School of Business Master of Medical Management (MMM), the successful completion of the Physician Leadership Program will replace the prerequisites for entry into that degree program. The MMM is a degree program exclusively offered to physicians.


Registrants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. The following hotels are within a short drive of the USC campus and offer a host of restaurants and services in the immediate vicinity:

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live
900 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-8600

Marriott Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live
901 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 443-9222

The L.A. Hotel Downtown
333 South Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 617-1133

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC
3540 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-4141

Special Accommodations or Questions:

 If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act or have other questions, please contact Amber McEwen with California Hospital Association at (916) 552-7578 or