Three skills doctors need to become effective executives

 - CV Executives
Meet the Executives (from left): Clyde W. Yancy, MD, American Heart Association past president; chief, division of medicine-cardiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; Donald L. Lappé, MD, medical director, Intermountain cardiovascular clinical program; chief of cardiology and chairman, cardiovascular department, Intermountain Medical Center, Salt Lake City; William D. Knopf, MD, COO and CMOO of Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta; Vincent J. Bufalino, MD, senior vice president, Advocate Health Care and senior director, cardiology, Advocate Medical, Oak Brook, Ill.

Physician leaders in hospitals and other healthcare-related fields must focus on operations management, people leadership and setting a business strategy, according to a Harvard Business Review article published online April 7.

Sachin H. Jain, MD, chief medical officer of the CareMore Health System, wrote that doctors who become executives need to use different skills than the ones they developed in clinical training and practice.

However, Jain suggested that physicians continue to maintain their clinical identity and balance the values of medicine with the realities of running a business.