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Mar 23, 2023

Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, is the President of Corewell Health West, where he leads 11 hospitals and a medical group of over 2000 providers. Corewell Health was formerly Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health. A cardiac electrophysiologist by training, he has served in a number of roles within Spectrum Health, including the Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, and currently serves as a clinical professor of medicine at Michigan State University. He's been noted as an influential healthcare physician executive with numerous accolades.

"This is the classic US vs. THEM. I was speaking in front of a large group of physicians, and I remember saying, 'I was always one of ‘US’. And I was always frustrated with ‘THEM’. Until one day I realized, I am now ‘THEM’." Join us for an inspiring conversation with Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, a cardiac electrophysiologist and President of Corewell Health West, one of the largest health systems in Michigan. Tune in as we take a deep dive into leadership in medicine, specifically why the best physicians have the potential of becoming the best leaders and what we can start doing today to unleash that potential.

Pearls of Wisdom:
1. We should hone three skills: Kindness, discipline, and the ability to deconstruct complex problems into simpler instances.
2. We think of leadership as something that starts when your hair starts to gray. Leadership is not acting when you have a title. Leadership is simply about finding solutions to problems.
3. The moment we all start to take the time to understand the why behind what the THEM or US are doing, that "why" leads to the WE.
4. The ability to poke fun at ourselves or other things in the middle of our serious jobs really brings the team together and makes us human.