David Torchiana, MD, selected to lead
Massachusetts General Physicians Organization
BOSTON - November 6, 2002 - The Board of Trustees of the
Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO) has named David
F. Torchiana, MD, to the position of CEO and chairman, effective
Jan. 1, 2003. Torchiana, who currently serves as chief of Cardiac
Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, will succeed Peter
L. Slavin, MD, who is assuming the role of MGH president at the
beginning of the year.
"Dr. Torchiana is a superb leader and a highly skilled physician,
who has provided thoughtful and strong direction to Cardiac Surgery
for the past five years," Slavin says. "The MGPO will
benefit greatly from his leadership, wisdom and insights. I look
forward to working closely with Torch in the years ahead."
In his new role at the helm of the MGPO, Torchiana will lead the
largest multispecialty group practice in New England. Formed in
1994, the MGPO comprises approximately 2,700 employees, including
more than 1,200 physicians. The MGPO also represents nearly 1,900
physicians for managed care contracting. Last year, the organization
reported revenues of $322 million.
Torchiana, who is an associate professor of Surgery at Harvard
Medical School, says he looks forward to the opportunity to advocate
for, support and work on behalf of physicians on the larger stage
of the MGPO. "I have seen and experienced the kind of capable
and skilled management that has made Partners HealthCare, the MGH
and the MGPO successful in the past few years," Torchiana says.
"These organizations are thriving. My hope is that I will be
able to play a part in keeping the Physicians Organization moving
along this positive track, even in this challenging modern day environment."
The MGH practices a special brand of medicine, Torchiana says.
"Every decision made at this institution is driven by the overriding
goal of doing whatever is in the best interest of each individual
patient," he says. "I hold that value in high esteem,
and I am proud to be associated with a place that is so committed
to doing the absolute right thing for the patients it serves. I
see my role at the MGPO as someone who can encourage and help physicians
continue practicing this special kind of medicine."
Torchiana says he is committed to ensuring that the MGPO provides
a wide range of beneficial services for physicians - including managed
care contracting, finance and administration, marketing, business
development, information systems, human resources, customer service
and communication. He also wants to find innovative and effective
ways to measure and improve the quality of care. In addition, he
will be focusing attention on two particularly difficult issues:
providing fair and equitable compensation for doctors, and helping
physicians achieve a satisfactory balance between professional worklife
and family demands.
Andrew Warshaw, MD, MGH surgeon-in-chief, who chaired the search
for the new MGPO CEO, says the goal of the search committee was
to find a leader who understood the challenges of clinical practice,
the intricacies of contracting and the complexities of practice
management. "We wanted someone with a solid vision for the
future," he says. "We wanted someone who would preserve,
protect and grow our academic mission. We wanted a person who the
entire community - in all its wonderful diversity - could fall in
behind. We have that kind of a leader in Torch."
Warshaw adds that Torchiana has earned the confidence, respect
and admiration of physicians and managers throughout the MGPO and
MGH. "Torch is perceptive, smart and selfless. And he is tough
when he needs to be, but not in a way that ruffles or embarrasses
people. In short, he is the kind of leader who works collaboratively
and effectively with others, but he says what needs to be said,
and he does what needs to be done."
A native of Illinois, Torchiana has spent his entire professional
career at the MGH, arriving at the hospital in 1981 as a resident
in surgery. After completing his residency in cardiothoracic surgery
at the MGH, he spent a year as chief resident. He joined the MGH's
Department of Surgery in 1989. Torchiana is the author or co-author
of more than 100 publications and abstracts. He received his medical
degree from Harvard Medical School in 1981, and his undergraduate
degree Phi Beta Kappa at Yale University. After college, he spent
a year as a Churchill Scholar studying at Cambridge University.
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