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Dr. Alan Kaplan

Health Care
UW Health  |  Madison

Dr. Alan Kaplan assumed leadership of UW Health in 2016, With more than 1,850 physicians and 21,000 employees, the Madison-based academic health system operates seven hospitals, including the state’s No. 1 ranked hospital, and over 80 outpatient sites. Under his leadership, UW Health entered a joint operating agreement with UnityPoint Health-Meriter in 2017. Kaplan was previously executive vice president and chief clinical transformation officer for Iowa-based UnityPoint Health. He was also the founder and president/CEO of UnityPoint Clinic and president/CEO of UnityPoint at Home.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.D., Rush Medical College; master of medical management, Carnegie Mellon University

Hobby/passion: “I am a conservation farmer, which is a method of farming that promotes minimal soil disturbance and planting diversity.”

Fun fact: “About 15 years ago I realized that I needed to improve my communications skills in order to lead, so I joined an improv class and took that class every week for a year. I’m still not funny, but I can speak in front of a group of people with no problem.”

Toughest business challenge you’ve ever faced: “Overcoming conflicting cultures in times of growth and change is very challenging. This was true when we were developing a joint operating agreement between UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter.”

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