Mayo Clinic Health System President named one of modern healthcare’s top women leaders of 2023

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(ABC 6 News) – The President of Mayo Clinic Health System was recognized with a prestigious honor on Monday.

Dr. Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., was named one of the “Top 25 Women Leaders” for 2023 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“On behalf of our staff, I am humbled and honored to be selected among a very talented group of women leaders in health care across the nation,” says Dr. Varkey. “It is a privilege to partner with our communities and teams to advance innovations that positively impact patients and forge new paths to transform health care.”    

This recognition acknowledges and honors women executives from all sectors of the health care industry for their leadership in care delivery improvement, health equity, policy and gender equity in health care as well as health care transformation.

“The women named to our 2023 class of the ‘Top Women Leaders in Healthcare’ are helping guide their organizations and improve the communities they call home,” says Mary Ellen Podmolik, editor-in-chief of Modern Healthcare. “Internally, they are innovators and team-builders advancing their organizations. They are mentoring co-workers while inspiring others to pursue careers in the industry. And externally, they are forging coalitions to improve access to care for all patients. The women we’ve selected this year, from hundreds of nominations, are leading important advancements in the nation’s healthcare system.”

The magazine says Dr. Varkey has implemented programs at the health system’s community branch to improve the retention of diverse employees and increase the promotion of staff of color to management and leadership positions. She has also strongly focused on addressing gaps in medical access and investing in population health initiatives.

Dr. Varkey assumed her role as President in August 2021.