Denis A. Cortese, MD is a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) in the College of Health Solutions, Director of ASU’s Health Care Delivery and Policy Program, and President of the non-profit, Healthcare Transformation Institute based in Phoenix, AZ. He is Emeritus President and CEO of Mayo Clinic. Dr. Cortese also serves on the board of directors for Pinnacle West, Essence Global Holdings Corporation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Cerner Corporation. His memberships in national and international organizations include: the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences where he served as the original chair of the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care; National Associate designation with the National Research Council, honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico). He formerly served in the following positions: member of the health advisory board of RAND; member, and served as a member and then chair of the board, of the Health Care Leadership Council in Washington, DC.; member of the Harvard/Kennedy Health Policy Group; member of the Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS) of the National Academy of Engineering. Education includes a BS from Franklin and Marshall, an M.D. from Temple University, and residency training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at Mayo Clinic. Awards include an Ellis Island Award in 2007 and the National Healthcare Leadership Award in November 2009.


Recent Posts by Denis Cortese

Medicare Physician Payment: Why It’s Still A Problem, And What To Do Now

MACRA is indeed better than what came before, but it still leaves in place perverse incentives that threaten to undermine quality and access for Medicare beneficiaries.

Paying For Value: Perspective From The Front Lines

The concept of value-based health care is rapidly gaining traction in the U.S., yet implementation remains a significant challenge. We propose that in a true pay-for-value system, a national payment rate should be established and rooted in reality and adjusted for three factors.