Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE
Gary S. Kaplan, , has served as Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. Dr. Kaplan received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board-certified in internal medicine.
Since Dr. Kaplan became Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason has received significant national and international recognition, including HealthGrades' "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" for three consecutive years. Recently, for the fifth consecutive year, Virginia Mason was one of 65 hospitals in the country named a Top Hospital in the nation by The Leapfrog Group. In addition, Virginia Mason was named a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality. Only two hospitals in the country received this honor.
Virginia Mason is also a national leader in deploying the Toyota Production System to health-care management – reducing the high costs of health care while improving quality, safety and efficiency.
In addition to his patient-care duties and position as CEO, Dr. Kaplan is a clinical professor at the University of Washington and has been recognized for his service and contribution to many regional and national boards, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Medical Group Management Association, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Healthcare Forum. Dr. Kaplan is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform.
In 2007, Dr. Kaplan was designated a fellow in the American College of Physician Executives. In 2009 and 2010, he was named the 16th most influential U.S. physician leader in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Also, in 2009 Dr. Kaplan received the John M. Eisenberg Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission for Individual Achievement at the national level for his outstanding work and commitment to patient safety and quality. Additionally, he was recognized by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) as the recipient of the Harry J. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the MGMA and the American College of Medical Practice Executives honor one individual who has made outstanding nationally recognized contributions to health-care administration, delivery and education in his career, advancing the field of medical practice management.