Aug 26, 2015
Contact: Alan M. Wolf, Alan.Wolf@unchealth.unc.edu, 919-218-7103
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Modern Healthcare ranks Dr. William L. Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as No. 14 on its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2015.
Dr. Roper, 67, is the highest ranked CEO of a public academic health system on the list.
To compile the list, the magazine’s editors selected 300 finalists from more than 4,600 nominations submitted by readers. Then, readers cast nearly 64,000 ballots for their top candidates among those finalists. Readers’ votes and views of senior Modern Healthcare editors each counted for 50 percent of the outcome of the final ranking.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was named to the top spot on this year’s list, and President Barack Obama was ranked second.
Dr. Roper was previously director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), served on the senior White House staff, and was administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (responsible for Medicare and Medicaid). Earlier, he was a White House Fellow.
Dr. Roper is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the board of directors of DaVita, Inc., a member of the board of directors of Express Scripts Holding Company, and a member of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum.
To view the full Modern Healthcare list, click here.
About UNC Health Care
UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. Originally established Nov. 1, 1998, by N.C.G.S. 116-37, UNC Health Care currently comprises UNC Hospitals and its provider network, the clinical programs of the UNC School of Medicine, and seven affiliate hospitals and hospital systems across the state.