Barry Silbaugh

Barry Silbaugh

Barry Silbaugh MD LLC

About Barry Silbaugh

Dr. Silbaugh is the former CEO of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), a professional organization for physicians with leadership and executive roles in the health care industry. As the first physician CEO of ACPE, he helped grow the organization by developing new educational content focused on patient safety, high reliability, and integrating the cultures of medicine and management. He was named to Modern Healthcare’s “Most Influential” lists from 2009 to 2011 and honored as a Distinguished Fellow of ACPE in 2012. He continues to teach as a faculty member of the American Association for Physician Leadership (formerly the American College of Physician Executives).

He served on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation from 2009 to 2012. He served on the board of New Mexico Healthcare Executives, the regional chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, in New Mexico.

Dr. Silbaugh is co-author of the article "Landing on the Hudson River: Lessons for Health Care" (PEJ May/June 2010) with Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot of Flight 1549, which outlines key principles of safety and teamwork important to health care. Passionately curious about people and their efforts to improve their world, he has represented ACPE on professional delegations to China, Tibet, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia. In 2018, he spent several months in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan working with the clinical and administrative staff of the National Referral Hospital to improve patient safety, quality, and efficiency.

Dr. Silbaugh's career has included full-time clinical work as an internist/hematologist, medical director of a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, vice president of medical operations for a large national health system, Chief Medical Officer of a consumer-focused Internet start-up, consulting, and executive coaching for physicians.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Management. He has a BA and MD from the University of Iowa, and a Master's in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Areas of Expertise

  • Describing the challenges of moving from the physician's experience in autonomous decision making to the leader's competence in team building and group process - all based on practical experiences 
  • Practical application of Lean concepts to improving cost, quality, and patient experience in health care 
  • Understanding the differences in the cultures of medicine and management - and how both are necessary for organizational success
  • Patient safety - human and organizational factors that determine high reliability 


University of Iowa

Master of Science - Administrative Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Residency - Internal Medicine
University of New Mexico


  • Board certified, Internal Medicine
  • Board certified, American Board of Medical Management


Distinguished fellow
American Association for Physician Leadership

Certificate in Lean Health Care
University of Michigan - 2007