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Dr. Paul F. DeChant, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Paul DeChant

Dr. Paul DeChant is a thought leader to C-level executives pursuing organizational well-being. He is an authority on reducing physician burnout by fixing dysfunction in the clinical workplace. He is co-author of the book, “Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine”, speaks internationally, and blogs regularly at www.pauldechantmd.com

Paul is an experienced physician executive with more than 25 years of clinical and management experience in all aspects of medical group leadership, including quality improvement, strategic planning, financial growth, acquisitions, and Lean transformation.

From 2009 – 2014 he served as CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation (SGMF), a 300-physician medical group. Under his tenure he led a management system and culture transformation based on the theme of “Returning Joy to Patient Care”, which:

  • Achieved the highest levels of provider and patient satisfaction in Sutter Health;
  • Improved physician satisfaction from the 45th to 87th percentile
  • Increased profitability while reducing costs;
  • Recognized as the highest rated in overall care among 170 California medical groups two years in a row

Dr. DeChant graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver.