Friday, July 9, 2010

Featured physician executive: Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH

Every Friday, we feature a physician executive and this week our featured physician is Dr. Weingarten.

Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH is the co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Zynx Health. Additionally, he is a clinical professor of medicine (Step III) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the director of health services research at Cedars-Sinai Health System. Dr. Weingarten was also a tenured professor of medicine (in residence) at the UCLA School of Medicine.

After graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Weingarten completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He later participated in a National Center for Health Services Research Fellowship at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. During the fellowship, he also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Weingarten has also worked as a primary care physician at Kaiser Permanente. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Weingarten has published approximately 100 articles and editorials on quality improvement and related topics. In addition, he is the author of chapters on improving the quality of patient care in some of the leading internal medicine textbooks, including Internal Medicine (ed. Stein, 5th edition), Hospital Medicine (2nd edition), and Comprehensive Hospital Medicine. He was a member of the Disease Management Advisory Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and has represented the American College of Physicians on healthcare issues in Washington, DC. Dr. Weingarten won the President's Award and the Golden Apple Teaching Award at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In 2009, Dr. Weingarten won the Cedars-Sinai Health System “Alumnus of the Year” Honor. He has given more than 300 presentations on clinical decision support and related topics throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Weingarten was on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Institute for Medical Quality. He served on the steering committee for the American Heart Association “Get With The Guidelines” program and the quality improvement committee of the board of directors of St. Joseph's Health System (14 acute care hospitals). Dr. Weingarten was a Member of the Certification Process Advisory Group for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

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