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2015-16 California Physician Leadership Program Offers Expert Speaker Line Up
Participants praise faculty, networking opportunities, impact of training in video testimonies

Due to an overwhelming positive response to the inaugural program, the California hospital associations are pleased to announce that the 2015-16 California Physician Leadership Program will begin in September 2015. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants and available to all California physicians and medical executives. Register today to receive the discounted rate of $13,500; rates increase to $15,000 after May 15.

An impressive array of health care policy experts and physician leaders has been selected to speak to the second cohort.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System and one of the most influential physician executives in health care, will address lean management and the proposition of value stream in health care;
  • Dr. Erin DuPree, chief medical officer and vice president of The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, will discuss process improvement methodologies and information technology toward improving patient safety and quality;
  • C. Duane Dauner, CHA president/CEO, will provide an overview of the health care industry and the political environment;
  • Julie Morath, president/CEO, Hospital Quality Institute, will speak to the importance of quality and safety in population health;
  • Dr. Anthony Chavis, vice president of medical affairs for Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, will introduce participants to population health management concepts and drivers;
  • Dr. David Perrott, senior vice president and chief medical officer, CHA, will describe issues of physician performance, competency and accreditation; and
  • Anne McLeod, senior vice president, health policy, CHA, will discuss current health care reform legislation and the implication on payment policies.

The California Physician Leadership Program integrates fundamental business principles, delivered by renowned faculty from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and the unique characteristics of California’s health care delivery system to improve hospital/physician alignment.

Joe Walker, MD, chief of staff  and chair, Department of Psychiatry at Alameda Health System and current participant in the inaugural program, says, “One of the things that I think distinguishes this program is the caliber of the faculty. I have been incredibly impressed with how knowledgeable, articulate and accessible the faculty in this particular program has been.”

Likewise, Dr. Shira Robbins, associate professor at the University of California San Diego Health System notes, “A leadership program like this one is imperative if we are to sit at the table as physicians and have a voice in determining the future of health care. I am very proud to be a part of the inaugural class.”

Video testimonies from other current program participants can be viewed at

Courses will be hosted on or near the USC campus for two days every month from September 2015 through April 2016. Upon completion, attendees will receive up to 105 AMA PRA Category 1 credits from the USC Keck School of Medicine and may waive the prerequisite courses if they pursue an MMM from USC.

For additional program details — including registration, a course schedule and complete faculty profiles — visit

The program is a collaborative effort of:

  • California Hospital Association’s Center for Hospital Medical Executives
  • Hospital Council of Northern and Central California
  • Hospital Association of Southern California
  • Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties
  • USC Marshall School of Business, Executive Education
  • Keck School of Medicine