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Unique benefits of physician leadership – an American perspective

Peter Angood (American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), Tampa, Florida, USA)
Diane Shannon (ACPE Freelance Medical Writer, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 6 October 2014




This paper aims to present the argument that effective physician leadership is needed to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in the USA and around the world.


This paper is based on an in-depth literature review, interviews with physician leaders and a study of the competencies required for physicians to successfully lead healthcare organizations.


The paper finds that a clear need exists for training to improve specific leadership competencies among physicians, regardless of their career stage or career path.

Research limitations/implications

Limited research has been conducted on the value of physician leadership and its impact on quality outcomes and patient safety.

Practical implications

This paper establishes the need for physician leadership in healthcare organizations.

Social implications

This paper will influence public attitudes within the healthcare sphere on the value that physician leaders can bring to healthcare.


This paper fulfils a need for more study on the impact that physician leadership brings to quality and patient care, and establishes the need for physician leaders to obtain specific leadership competencies.



Angood, P. and Shannon , D. (2014), "Unique benefits of physician leadership – an American perspective", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 272-282.



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