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He has been practicing family medicine in Boston for 23 years.
He is consistently named in "Top 10" lists of Boston doctors, and is well known
throughout the Boston medical community. In 1998, Dr. Solomon sold his practice
to CareGroup, the corporation of six hospitals in Boston, including Beth
Israel-Deaconess (BID). He currently is the leader of Pod 11, a group of 11
primary care physicians in Brookline trying to manage patient costs and care.
He is also the author of Don't Worry Be Healthy, a book which encourages
people to enjoy their life more while worrying less about their health.
He became CEO of CareGroup in 1998, arriving from
Minnesota, where he had been CEO of HealthSystems Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Known for his ability to balance cost-cutting and patient care, he has been
termed a visionary leader who embraces modern efficiency techniques like
Continuous Quality Improvement, or CQI, and puts them into effect in the
hospital setting. In Boston, he is facing the biggest challenge of his career,
promising to bring CareGroup to a point of break-even by this fall. He says
that the biggest money-loser in the CareGroup panoply is the Beth
Israel-Deaconess Medical Center. In November, he took over as President of BID
to quicken the pace of change - and, many assume, cuts -- there.
He was previously a Senior Vice President at CareGroup in
Boston, Massachusetts, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of The Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center. He is the author of over 80 publications and speaks widely
about eating disorders, depression, psychotic disorders, and the impact of
managed care on hospitals, doctors and patients. Currently, he is Vice Dean for
Clinical and Hospital Affairs at NYU School of Medicine.
He is the Medical Director and Senior Vice President of
Boston-based Tufts Health Plan, one of the country's leading integrated managed
care insurers. Formerly a practicing internal medicine physician and
endocrynologist, Dr. Boulter served in leadership positions in New Hampshire at
the Hitchcock Clinic and Matthew Thornton Health Plan before joining Tufts. He
is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
at Tufts University School of Medicine.
He is Chief of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care
at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a well-known leader in the field
of patient-centered care, and, when he arrived at the Beth Israel Hospital in
1971, created one of the first nationally recognized hospital-based primary
care practice and teaching programs, called health care Associates. Currently,
he is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chairs the Picker
In addition to being the Medical Director of CareGroup, the Boston corporate
parent of six hospitals that include Beth Israel Deaconess, Dr. Kim Saal is a
practicing cardiologist. Recently named to the post of Medical Director, Dr.
Saal before that was President of the Provider Service Network, a
CareGroup-affiliated group that represents more than 3,000 Boston doctors in
contract negotiations with insurers. His success in managing numbers as well as
patients was firmly established when he led the physician medical group
representing doctors at Mount Auburn and Cambridge hospitals to several years
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