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The Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare — 2021




Furst Group and NuBrick Partners are proud to sponsor the Top 25 Women Leaders, the awards program created by Modern Healthcare. This is our 13th year of sponsoring the program, which culminates in an awards gala that will be hosted virtually on July 23, 2021 in conjunction with the Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference (July 22-23, 2021).


Please click here to read our interviews with previous honorees from the Top 25 awards programs.


2021 Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare 



Dr. Marjorie Bessel,

Chief Clinical Officer, Banner Health



Tanya Blackmon,

Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Officer, Novant Health



Odette Bolano,

President and CEO, Saint Alphonsus Health System



Mary Boosalis,

President and CEO, Premier Health

Bonnie Castillo


Bonnie Castillo,

Executive Director,  National Nurses United

Dr. Priscilla Chan


Dr. Priscilla Chan,

Co-founder, Co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Marcy Doderer


Marcy Doderer,

President and CEO, Arkansas Children’s

Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee


Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee,

Senior Vice President and Chief Community Impact Officer, Ascension

Dr. Laura Forese


Dr. Laura Forese,

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New York-Presbyterian


Tina Freese Decker


Tina Freese Decker,

President and CEO, Spectrum Health


Angela Hwang


Angela Hwang,

Group President, Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group

Catherine Jacobson


Catherine Jacobson,

President and CEO, Froedtert Health

Laura Kaiser


Laura Kaiser,

President and CEO, SSM Health Care


Read past profiles:

Laura Kaiser of SSM Health brings courage, conviction to questions around healthcare's future

Karen Lynch


Karen Lynch,

President and CEO, CVS Health


Read past profiles:

Diversity fuels Karen Lynch’s leadership at Aetna

Anne McCune


Anne McMune,

CEO,Carol Emmott Foundation

Dr. Rhonda Medows-1


Rhonda Medows,

CEO of Ayin Health Solutions, President of Population Health, Providence

Mikelle Moore


Mikelle Moore,

Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer,  Intermountain Healthcare

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Amy Perry


Amy Perry,

CEO, Hospital Division, Atlantic Health System

Mary Pittman


Mary Pittman,

President and CEO,Public Health Institute

Dr. Joanne Smith


Dr. Joanne Smith,

President and CEO, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Dr. Susan Turney


Dr. Susan Turney,

CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System

Deborah Visconi


Deborah Visconi,

President and CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center

Heather Wall


Heather Wall,

Chief Commercial Officer, Civica Rx

 Kate Walsh


Kate Walsh,

CEO,Boston Medical Center

Pat Wang


Pat Wang,

President and CEO, Healthfirst



2021 Luminaries 


Gail Boudreaux


Gail Boudreaux,

President and CEO, Anthem

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Dr. Laurie Glimcher,

President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Nancy Howell Agee


Nancy Howell Agee,

President and CEO, Carilion Clinic


Read past profiles:

Sticking your neck out: Servant leadership in practice

Nancy Howell Agee and her team help rejuvenate a region with Carilion’s success

Beverly Malone 

Beverly Malone,

CEO, National League of Nursing


Read past profiles:

Healthcare’s volatility gives way to innovative leadership

Once a reluctant leader, Beverly Malone inspires countless nurses with skills that earned her a seat alongside royalty

 Dr. Penny Wheeler


Dr. Penny Wheeler,

CEO, Allina Health


Read past profiles:

Even in value-based care, leaders of varying backgrounds can thrive




2021 Women Leaders to Watch 

In addition, here are the 10 executives chosen as Women Leaders to Watch:


Dr. Mary Jo Cagle


Dr. Mary Jo Cagle,

Chief Operating Officer, Cone Health

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips


Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips,

Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Providence

Kizzmekia Corbett


Kizzmekia Corbett,

Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health

Patricia McClimon


Patricia McClimon,

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Kristin Myers


Kristin Myers,

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

Dr. Claire Raab


Dr. Claire Rabb,

Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Temple University Health System

Dr. Debbie Salas-Lopez


Dr. Debbie Salas-Lopez,

Senior Vice President, Community and Population Health, Northwell Health

Roberta Schwartz


Roberta Schwartz,

Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, CEO/Houston Methodist Hospital

Dr. Lacy Smith


Dr. Lacy Smith,

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer, Cahaba Medical Care

Devon Valencia


Devon Valencia,

Chief Information Officer, CareSource

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