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    Sanne Magnan, M.D., Ph.D.

    Sanne Magnan, M.D., Ph.D. 

    Dr. Sanne Magnan is the President and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) in Bloomington, MN. ICSI is an independent, nonprofit organization that facilitates collaboration on health and health care improvement to reach the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs. ICSI has facilitated work on the RARE campaign (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively), DIAMOND and High Tech Diagnostic Imaging as well as many protocols and guidelines on evidence based care.

    In 2007, Magnan was the President of ICSI when she was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve as Commissioner of Health for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MDH is the state’s lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. She served in this position from 2007 to 2010 and was responsible for significant implementation of Minnesota’s 2008 health reform legislation including the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), standardized quality reporting, development of provider peer grouping (ranking of providers on risk-adjusted quality and cost information), certification process for health care homes, and baskets of care.

    Magnan serves as a staff physician at the Tuberculosis Clinic at St. Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. She was also vice president and medical director of consumer health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota where she was responsible for case management, disease management, and consumer engagement. She is a board-certified general internist and has served on several boards, including Minnesota Community Measurement and US Healthiest. Magnan was named one of the 100 Influential Health Care Leaders by Minnesota Physician in 2004 and 2008.

    Magnan holds a medical degree and a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina. Magnan is married and has two daughters and a son-in-law.


    Public Private Innovation in Health Reform in Minnesota: Addressing Barriers

    Presentation Date

    Princeton Conference XIX: May 24, 2012

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