BOSTON – Tufts Medical Center and the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization have appointed nationally respected clinician and physician executive Michael Wagner, MD, FACP as the new leader of its 550-member physicians group. Wagner, who has served as Tufts MC’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) since 2011 and Chief of Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care since 2008, will assume the position of President and CEO of the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization (PO), effective September 1, 2012. He succeeds Eric Beyer, who became President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center last October.
“Dr. Wagner possesses significant executive experience in health care organizations and has proven to be an exceptional leader for physicians, management and staff. His impressive track record of creating clinical relationships and building mutual respect will prove to be critical as we push towards furthering clinical integration with our community partners,” said Beyer. “In a rapidly evolving health care landscape, our physicians organization must increase its focus on managing and driving physician performance and change. This transformation is best directed by a physician leader who can successfully promote our overall strategic vision in the marketplace by effectively advocating for our physicians, our Medical Center, our community physicians network New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA) and our community affiliates. With his unique skill set and strong background, Mike was the clear choice to fill this important position.”
“It was clear to the Board members and his physician colleagues that Dr. Wagner has the experience, creativity and vision to lead our physicians organization through a new era of health care challenges,” said Paul Summergrad, MD, Chairman of the Tufts MC Physicians Organization Board of Trustees and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center. “His natural leadership skills, insight, innovative thinking, deep understanding of our health care environment and commitment to our academic mission have ably equipped him to be extremely successful in this new position.”
“I look forward to building on the great work of Eric Beyer, his team, and our Chairs and physicians. Thanks to all their efforts, a successful strategy for the PO is already in place,” said Wagner. “I am excited to take up the baton and move forward with the next steps in ensuring long-term economic sustainability for the organization, which starts with a focus on continual improvement of our top-notch medical care and creating a highly-satisfying practice environment for our providers. I am also committed to supporting and furthering the teaching mission of our medical school and residency program, through advancements in our research and education programs. Externally, the growth and development of offsite clinical practices and an increased clinical integration with NEQCA will be paramount to long-term success. In addition, as a general internist, I believe in the importance of promoting a primary care agenda, which will include the continued transformation of our academic primary care practices on campus and further development and expansion of our community practices.”
Wagner’s resume from his tenure overseeing medical affairs as CMO at Tufts MC, includes an impressive array of accomplishments. Under his leadership, the Medical Center made significant, wide-ranging strides in creating, organizing and enacting a variety of quality, safety and patient engagement initiatives. Wagner also led the restructure and reorganization of the Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education program. He ensured that the quality of care delivered to patients met best practice standards and reflected the mission, goals and strategies of the institution, including the Medical Center’s role with clinical affiliates and the NEQCA network. In addition, Wagner oversaw the Tufts MC PO Managed Care Committee, in conjunction with NEQCA, and managed the update of the Medical Center’s incident command protocols, to help prepare Tufts MC for potential emergency situations. As Chief of Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care, Wagner supervised General Medical Associates and offsite clinical areas, including the Hyde Park and Cape Cod practices. He continues to maintain a clinical practice, focused on inpatient and hospitalist medicine.
Wagner’s diverse clinical and administrative expertise extends well beyond Tufts Medical Center, equipping him with alternative viewpoints on health care delivery. He has worked at academic medical centers and community hospitals; at for-profit and non-profit organizations; and in administering inpatient and outpatient medicine. Over the past 20 years, Wagner has visited nearly 300 hospitals around the country to evaluate their hospital-based services, provide recommendations on development and management of hospitalist programs and assist in creating better physician practices that support the strategic objectives of those hospitals. From 2003 to 2008, Wagner served as Chief Executive Officer of the Inpatient Services division of EmCare, a national hospitalist physician practice management company in Dallas, TX. At the time he left EmCare to return to Tufts MC, Wagner was managing 66 programs with 385 physicians in 16 states.
“Dr. Wagner knows Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, he understands our culture, and he recognizes how health care is changing in Massachusetts,” said John Schreiber, MD, Chief Administrative Officer of Floating Hospital for Children and Chair of the PO CEO search committee, which conducted a nationwide search of potential candidates for the position. “His experience at health care organizations in other states has provided him with a crucial national perspective, as well.”
As President and CEO of the Tufts MC Physicians Organization, Wagner will drive the business operations of the PO, including recruitment of physicians, billing compliance, revenue management, and corporate-level finance. He will oversee the integration of clinical services, finances and business operations between the PO, Tufts MC, NEQCA and all clinical affiliates. Wagner will also spearhead physician development initiatives, to ensure that physicians achieve professional and personal satisfaction. In furthering the mission of the Distributed Academic Medical CenterTM model, Wagner will be a key leader in maintaining Tufts MC’s status among the highest performing academic medical group practices in the areas of patient care, research and medical education, and as an employer of choice for new physician recruits.
“Dr. Wagner has shown a proven ability to successfully create and maintain relationships with NEQCA and referring physicians,” said Jeffrey Lasker, MD, CEO of New England Quality Care Alliance and a member of the PO CEO search committee. “He has collaborated closely with NEQCA as Chair of the Tufts MC PO Managed Care Committee and Co-Chair of the Joint Quality Task Force, and has earned the trust, admiration and respect from those who have worked side-by-side with him, both at the office and in the community. Dr. Wagner truly believes in our mission and that passion will continue to play a key role in the efforts to expand our network.”
An extensive internal and external search is currently underway to identify a new physician leader to carry on and build upon Wagner’s extensive work on quality, safety and patient engagement efforts and initiatives. In the interim, Wagner will continue to fulfill many of the CMO responsibilities, until the new recruit has been chosen. Once his successor is in place, Wagner will transition to the full-time responsibilities of his new role. Ongoing recruitment for a new Chief of General Internal Medicine remains a top priority.
Wagner is currently in his third professional stint at Tufts Medical Center. He began his career as a general internist from 1990 to1992, then returned to Tufts MC in 1999 as Chief of General Medicine, a position which he held until 2003. During that time, Wagner also served as Vice President of Ambulatory Services from 2001 to 2003. His experience outside of Tufts MC includes several clinical and administrative roles at hospitals affiliated with the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, between 1992 and 1997. Wagner has also served as Chief Medical Officer of Fidelis Care New York and Regional Medical Director of Cove HealthCare in White Plains, NY.
Wagner received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Connecticut College in 1981, and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1986. He completed his internal medicine residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH, where he served as a Chief Medical Resident. An Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Wagner holds major national committee assignments as a member of the University HealthSystem Consortium Board of Directors and the Society of General Internal Medicine Commission on Physician Payment Reform.
About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.