Physicians as Leaders in Improving Healthcare

  • Ana Hategan
  • James A. Bourgeois
  • Tracy Cheng
  • Julie Young


In addition to their primary, and to most, familiar, role in direct patient care, physicians, by dint of their education, clinical experience, and facility with operating within healthcare systems, have many opportunities for leadership in healthcare organizations. These leadership roles can take many forms, from managing a small solo medical office to leading a large healthcare organization or healthcare-related government agency. This chapter will focus on leadership in general, styles of leadership, and how physicians can be more effective leaders, irrespective of the size of their organizations and their direct spans of control.


Physician leadership Clinical leadership Leadership effectiveness Transformational leadership Transactional leadership Healthcare Hospitals Academic departments 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Hategan
    • 1
  • James A. Bourgeois
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tracy Cheng
    • 4
  • Julie Young
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBaylor Scott and White Health Central Texas DivisionDallasUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTexas A&M University Health Science Center, College of MedicineTempleCanada
  4. 4.St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster UniversityHamiltonUSA
  5. 5.Mercy San Juan Medical CenterFarmingtonUSA

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