Paul Dechant

MD, MBA
Deputy Chief Health Officer
Simpler Healthcare/IBM Watson Health
Dedicated to preventing burnout and returning joy to patient care, Dr. Paul DeChant is a Deputy Chief Health Officer with Simpler Healthcare, a division of IBM Watson Health. He focuses on thought leadership and executive coaching to transform healthcare delivery. He frequently presents at international meetings. His book, Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine, was published in December 2016. He regularly posts to his blog at www.pauldechantmd.com Dr. DeChant practiced family medicine for 25. He has had 30 years of management experience, culminating with 5 years as CEO of the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, a 300+ provider group. During his tenure as CEO he led a Lean transformation that drove performance improvement in all domains, including primary care, lab, imaging, and call center. As a result, Sutter Gould received Consumer Reports’ highest overall rating among 170 medical groups in California two years in a row, while improving provider satisfaction to the 87th percentile in the AMGA provider satisfaction survey. Dr. DeChant has also held clinical and leadership roles at High Country Health Care in Breckenridge, CO, at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and at Geisinger Health System.
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