President and CEO, Partners Healthcare System

President and CEO, Partners Healthcare System

David Torchiana, MD

Dr. Torchiana graduated from Yale College in 1976, was a Churchill scholar at Cambridge University in 1977, and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1981. He completed residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at MGH before joining the department of surgery in 1989. Dr. Torchiana became chief of cardiac surgery at MGH in 1998 and chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization in 2003.  

In March of 2015, he was appointed as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare an integrated not-for-profit academic health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in 1994. Partners also includes McLean Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network of post-acute institutional and home care services, eight community hospitals, Neighborhood Health Plan (a not-for-profit health insurance company), and a community physician network. MGH and BWH are the largest hospital recipients of National Institutes of Health funding in the nation, and in aggregate, Partners total research budget is $1.4 billion. In the field of education, Partners academic hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, have over 200 residency and fellowship programs and include the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school with 1,200 students in nursing and other allied-health professions. Partners has an annual operating budget of 13 billion dollars and employs approximately 74,000 faculty and staff. 

Dr. Torchiana’s principal career interest has been to make health care better and more cost effective.