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Dr. Kaplan has served as the chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason since 2000, while also continuing to practice internal medicine at Virginia Mason Hospital. In 2002, Dr. Kaplan helped launch the Virginia Mason Production System. Since then, healthcare professionals from across the globe visit the Seattle health system to observe its innovative management methodology, which changed the way the organization delivers care to its patients.
In 2013 Dr. Kaplan was granted membership to the Institute of Medicine, and he also chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors and the National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute.
B’nai Brith, a Jewish human rights advocacy group, has recognized outstanding leadership in the healthcare field for over 30 years with their National Healthcare Award.
Dr. Kaplan will be honored with a gala June 8 at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.