Dr. Yates is a partner in the strategic consulting division of Press Ganey. Dr. Yates previously served as President of Healthcare Performance Improvement (HPI) which joined the Press Ganey family in 2015. HPI has been recognized as a leading firm that helps improve patient safety by using evidence-based methods derived from high-risk industries.

Dr. Yates is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia. In this role, he had responsibility for the clinical effectiveness programs, patient safety programs, physician integration efforts and medical management initiatives for its 11-hospital system and 450,000 member health plans.

He provided leadership for the quality and patient safety initiatives leading to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital being recognized as the 2004 recipient of the American Hospital Association- McKesson Quest for Quality Prize and Sentara Healthcare being recognized as the 2005 recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.

Dr. Yates has been a member of the Executive Committee for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Quality Management Network and served as co-chair of IHI’s ninth annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. He also served two years as President of Virginians Improving Patient Care and Safety (VIPCS), the statewide patient safety consortium for Virginia.

In 2005, Dr. Yates was awarded the Physician Executive Award of Excellence from Modern Physician and the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). He currently serves on the Board of Stewardship Trustees for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and serves as a member of the American Hospital Association- McKesson Quest for Quality Prize Selection Committee.

Physician Leadership Forum Partnership

American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum (PLF)Gary R. Yates, MD is a participating physician of the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum (PLF). The American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum offers physicians a unique opportunity to participate in AHA policy and advocacy development process while preparing to collaboratively lead the hospitals of the future.

Speaker Topics

  • Governance
  • Performance Improvement
  • Physician Leadership
  • Population Health
  • Quality and Patient Safety

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator