Ralph de la Torre, M.D.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steward Health Care System
Dr. Ralph de la Torre is the chairman and chief executive officer of Steward Health Care System, New England’s largest community health-care operation, consisting of twelve hospitals, more than 17,000 employees, and other affiliates, including a home health-care company, a nursing college, an imaging company, and a malpractice insurance company. Steward’s rapid growth and fully integrated structure has received national recognition as a model for low-cost, high-value health care.
Prior to founding Steward, Dr. de la Torre served as CEO of Caritas Christi, where he led a dramatic turnaround. In two years, Dr. de la Torre implemented changes in governance, operational structure, and strategy, leading to the creation of a regionally integrated community-based system with significant participation in risk contracting. Before joining Caritas, Dr. de la Torre was the founder and CEO of the Cardiovascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and of Cardiovascular Management Associates, one of the nation’s first totally integrated systems for treating cardiac patients. At this time, Dr. de la Torre was also chief of cardiac surgery both at BIDMC and at the hospital’s Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians organization. He has founded several health-care related businesses and owns numerous patents, either pending or already issued. A frequent commentator on national health-care policy issues, Dr. de la Torre has bylined and/or been featured in multiple national media outlets. In 2010 he was voted one of the 25 most powerful physician executives in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Dr. de la Torre graduated from Duke University in 1988 (BSE), where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and from a joint program between Harvard Medical School (M.D.) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS) in 1992.