Special Report—2017's notorious healthcare CEOs include VA head who was fired twice

This year's notorious CEOs hail from the VA, Cleveland Clinic, Molina Healthcare and other well-known healthcare organizations. (DragonImages/iStock)

They are supposed to inspire confidence and set an example for employees and staff to work at the top of their games.

But some healthcare leaders—even those who initially showed promise—fail miserably at this mission, generating bad publicity and tarnishing their reputations, as well as the standing of the organization.

Take for instance Brian Hawkins, who only added to the ongoing woes at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was fired not once but twice as medical director from the VA Medical Center in the District of Columbia this year.

Or Daniel Neides, M.D., the medical director and chief operating officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, who created a firestorm when he published a column laced with antivaccine rhetoric.

And then there is Trevor Fetter, one of the most well-known healthcare leaders in the country, who stepped down from his longtime role as CEO of Tenet Healthcare after the system lost more than $1 billion last year.

These executives land on our annual “notorious” list not necessarily for criminal behavior, but because they made headlines for less-than-positive reasons.

In this special report, you’ll read about the misdeeds and misadventures of these three healthcare leaders, and seven other executives, who have earned the distinction of being FierceHealthcare’s picks for the most notorious healthcare leaders in 2017.