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Jonathan Sugarman

President and CEO, Qualis Health


Jonathan R. Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H. is President and CEO of Qualis Health. Under his leadership, Qualis Health has become a national leader in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery.  

Dr. Sugarman regularly serves as an advisor for government and private sector quality measurement and improvement initiatives. He is a frequent speaker to regional and national audiences on topics related to healthcare quality and accelerating healthcare transformation through implementation of models such as the medical home. He has authored over 75 papers and book chapters on topics such as diabetes mellitus, health problems of American Indians and quality of care among Medicare beneficiaries.  

He has served as a leader in a number of professional organizations, including as President of the American Health Quality Association, President of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Medical Association–convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

Dr. Sugarman is a graduate of Harvard College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He serves as clinical professor in the departments of family medicine and epidemiology at the University of Washington.

His work has been recognized with the Vision Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Improving Chronic Illness Care National Program Office, the Indian Health Service Exceptional Service Award, and the Talbot Award for Compassion, Empathy and Clinical Excellence from the Seattle Indian Health Board. He was named by the World Health Organization as a member of its Network of Innovators.