Mark Chassin - 9 People to Watch in Healthcare

Name: Mark Chassin

Location: Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

Profession: President of The Joint Commission

Fast facts: Prior to becoming president of The Joint Commission, Chassin served as the Edmond A. Guggenheim Professor of Health Policy and founding Chairman of the Department of Health Policy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He also was the Mount Sinai Medical Center's executive vice president for excellence in patient care. Chassin has been practicing emergency medicine since 1997.

Why he's one to watch: The Joint Commission just launched its Center for Transforming Healthcare in an effort to spread Lean Six Sigma practices throughout hospitals all across the U.S. The Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based organization also is facing competition for the first time in decades with the recent granting of accreditation authority to Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Chassin's new role as the leader of the Joint Commission ensures that he'll be right in the thick of medical news for quite some time.