CEO Blog: What I’ve Learned as a Physician Leader


By Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President and CEO for Renown Health

Over the years, I’ve come to understand that physicians have an important role to play in leading healthcare organizations of all sizes, from medical departments to entire hospitals and health systems. Experience at the bedside, caring for patients and families, gives the physician leader important insights into patient experience and how the larger system can address the needs of broader populations.

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One challenge physician leaders face is that medical school does not adequately prepare them for leadership roles. Recognizing the importance of training and mentorship for these physician leaders, I’ve dedicated a great deal of energy to organizations like the American Association of Physician Leadership, and as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the Physician Leadership Journal, where I’ve worked to make sure physician leaders have access to the resources they require.

Physician leaders bring a unique perspective to the healthcare organizations they manage, and I hope to see more of them in the future. I am proud of my Renown colleagues, including Douglas Merrill, MD, MBA, who share their perspective and expertise with not just this organization, but with the healthcare industry as a whole. You can read Dr. Merrill’s article, “Speak Up,” in the American Journal of Medicine’s JAMA journal.