Getting to know Michael Cuffe, M.D. Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
From the moment you meet him, HCA Healthcare’s new executive vice president and chief clinical officer, Michael Cuffe, M.D., makes it clear that he prefers to be called “Mike.” It’s a small but important distinction — that Mike is here both for colleagues and as one himself. His goal is not to demand results, but to ensure that colleagues have the necessary tools to help them achieve excellence.
“Servant leadership is my top priority,” he says. “I view my success and my work in that I work for our patients, our doctors and our colleagues. If I help them be successful, then we all get to be successful.”
Mike’s primary objective in his new role is to leverage HCA Healthcare’s extraordinary resources to “help the organization with scaled solutions that allow them to practice better medicine, become more effective or become more efficient. Whether that’s nursing leadership, employment of physicians, Graduate Medical Education (GME) or best practices in the clinical agenda, we get to be the shared service. When I think about HCA Healthcare, I think about a quarter-million colleagues and 50,000-plus doctors and thousands of nurses. If I can just make it a little bit better for them, that’s fine.”
After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Wisconsin native had his choice of medical schools. His decision to attend Duke University would be life-changing and career-defining. Over the next 24 years, he served the acclaimed North Carolina health system in many roles, including those of tenured faculty member and chief medical officer. In 2011, he “decided to make a pivot.”
At the urging of Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Mike joined HCA Healthcare as president and CEO of physician services, helping guide the organization on its way to becoming the nation’s largest sponsor of GME programs. In addition, his teams improved support for the physician partners and residents while broadening patient care by expanding urgent care operations.