Northwestern's Cassirer on list of top health care leaders

Rob Karwath | September 06, 2016

Northwestern President and CEO Chris Cassirer was named one of the 100 most influential health care leaders in the state by Minnesota Physician magazine.

Minnesota Physician magazine’s 2016 list of 100 Influential Health Care Leaders is out, and Northwestern Health Sciences University is represented.

Northwestern President and CEO Chris Cassirer made the list, along with top physicians, health experts, researchers, care givers and policy influencers such as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken.

In the article, each of the 100 was asked to comment on recent changes and challenges in his or her specific health field.

For changes, Cassirer told the magazine: “We are committed to optimizing patient, family and community health through nutrition, early diagnosis and treatment. We work in partnership with conventional medical and health providers to start with conservative, natural approaches to care before considering more aggressive treatments like drugs and surgery.”

As for challenges, he said: “Our challenge is to prepare our graduates for a rapidly evolving health-care system and educate communities that the best approach to health is to prevent disease. The best primary care option isn’t to take a pill but to first try natural care solutions like chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, getting more rest or improving nutrition. We want to be culturally aware that the communities we serve are diverse and may have different health traditions.”

Cassirer said of making the list: “It’s a great honor to be included and to have Northwestern’s work on campus and in the community through our students and graduates recognized. For 75 years, Northwestern has been an important part of Minnesota’s health-care system. As the treatments we teach and practice increasingly are recognized for their effectiveness, safety and sound economics, we appreciate opportunities like this to explain how Northwestern helps create a healthier Minnesota and a healthier world.”

You can see the full 100 Influential Health Care Leaders report here.

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