Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Profession: President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fast facts: Prior to becoming president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess in 2002, Levy served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and Executive Dean for Administration of Harvard Medical School. He began writing a blog--Running a Hospital--in 2006.
Why he's one to watch: Just by nature of being the CEO of a world-famous hospital, Levy has influence and an important standing in healthcare system debates. His extremely candid, thoughtful blog, however, seems to have taken things up a notch--and influenced many other hospital CEOs to consider doing the same. Not only has he discussed details of BIDMC's operations in the blog, he's even cited his own salary publicly, and asked readers to comment on whether it was fair. Levy may turn out to be the leader of a new generation of hospital CEOs who use social media to take transparency to the next level.