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Gary S. Kaplan, MD
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Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, is Chairman and CEO of Seattle-based Virginia Mason Health System. Dr. Kaplan is on the Board of Directors at the National Patient Safety Foundation and has served as its chair. As of May 2015, he is Chair of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute.

At Virginia Mason, Dr. Kaplan has led the implementation of the Virginia Mason Production System, based on the Toyota Production System, to reduce costs and improve quality, safety, and efficiency. Under his leadership, Virginia Mason was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades in 2011, a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for five consecutive years, and was one of two hospitals named a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality.
Dr. Kaplan was awarded the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality in 2009 and was also a recipient of the Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare ranked Dr. Kaplan 12th on the 2011 listing of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.

Dr. Kaplan is also a clinical professor at the University of Washington, chairs the Board of Directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and serves on the Board of Washington Healthcare Forum and is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform.


August 2016

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