David F. Torchiana, MD, is the president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare, an integrated not-for-profit academic health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1994. In addition to its two academic medical centers, Partners includes McLean Hospital, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network of post-acute institutional and home care services, six community hospitals, Neighborhood Health Plan (a nonprofit health insurance company) and a community physician network. MGH and BWH are the largest hospital recipients of National Institutes of Health funding in the nation and, in aggregate, Partners’ total research budget is $1.4 billion. In the field of education, Partners HealthCare is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and offers one of the most comprehensive and competitive medical educational programs in the country with more than 200 residency and fellowship programs. Partners also includes the Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school that is a subsidiary of MGH with 1,200 students in nursing and other allied health professions. Dr. Torchiana graduated from Yale College in 1976, was a Churchill scholar at Cambridge University in 1977, and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1981. He completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the MGH before joining the Department of Surgery in 1989. Dr. Torchiana became chief of cardiac surgery at MGH in 1998 and chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization in 2003. His principal career interest has been to make health care better and more cost effective. He was appointed as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare in March 2015.
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Burnout among physicians is becoming a national health crisis. Leadership is needed to address the root causes of this problem and reposition the health care workforce for the future. The authors of this paper---the CEOs of our respective institutions---are committing to do just that.