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Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic CEO makes top physician leaders list

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Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy made Modern Healthcare magazine's 2015 list of most influential physicians, though he dropped down four places from the previous year.

Noseworthy was ranked at sixth in the 11th annual 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. That's down from his previous ranking of second in the 2014 and 2013 lists. He was listed at 11th in 2011 and 31st in 2010. He was named president and CEO of Mayo Clinic in 2009.

The magazine describes the criteria of making the 50 Most Influential list as "physicians working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in terms of demonstrating leadership and impact."

In recent years, Noseworthy has also made the magazine's annual list of 100 most influential people in health care. In 2014, he was ranked at number 16. That list typically comes out in August.

That list also included the salaries of the leaders. The 63-year-old Noseworthy's salary was $1.75 million in 2012. It increased to $1.9 million in 2013.

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The leaders of Mayo Clinic's perennial competitors, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine, also made the 2015 influential physicians list. However, they were much farther down than Noseworthy. Cleveland Clinic's CEO Delos "Toby" Cosgrove was listed at 13th and Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Paul Rothman came in at number 20.

Modern Healthcare named Dr. Robert Wachter as the most influential physician in 2015. He's the chief of the medical service at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and chief of the division of hospital medicine.

Richard Gilfillan, president and CEO of Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich., was ranked second. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Thomas Frieden, was third.

— Jeff Kiger

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