Stuart B. Baker, MD is President of Navvis Healthways. Stuart leads the Health Systems and Physician Market, and the Consulting Firm for Healthways. He provides strategic counsel and implementation expertise on competitive market strategy, futuristic models of health care delivery, innovative design of the health system enterprise, organizational performance, hospital physician partnerships, physician group practice, leadership, governance, population health and well-being. His experience as a clinician, physician leader, health system officer, clinical professor of medicine and corporate executive provides clients with the unique perspective and experience of both a physician and business leader.
Prior to joining Navvis in 2008 and the subsequent acquisition of Navvis by Healthways in 2011, Stuart spent 10 years at VHA Inc. (Irving, Texas), one of the country’s leading healthcare alliances, most recently as Executive Vice President and the first Chief Operating Officer. He was responsible for both business and field operations, supply chain management, the $32 billion group purchasing organization, and the 1,400+ hospital network and clinical improvement strategies. Stuart joined VHA as Executive Vice President of Clinical Affairs. In that role, he introduced innovative clinical effectiveness and patient safety programs which saved a significant number of lives, avoided complications, saved money and enhanced the reputation of many VHA member hospitals. He also directed VHA’s physician leadership and education programs, and oversaw the Health Plan Alliance and VHA Health Foundation.
Before joining VHA, Stuart was the first Chief Medical Officer for Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Virginia) and the first Chief Executive Officer of the Sentara Medical Group. He was a clinical and business leader of Sentara’s hospital, ambulatory, physician and managed care strategies. He practiced internal medicine and rheumatology for over 20 years, and was Professor of Clinical Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he won three best teacher awards. He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he completed his internship and residency and was assistant chief of service in the Department of Medicine. He completed fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Stuart has served on eleven boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors of the health care industry. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Enhancing Federal Healthcare Quality Programs, served on two steering committees at the National Quality Forum, and was a strategic advisor to The Health Technology Center (HealthTech) in San Francisco. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. In 2003, Stuart was selected as one of Modern Physician’s 25 visionary physician ‘Movers and Shakers.’