Ravi S. Chari, MD
HCA West Florida
Ravi Chari is currently the President of the West Florida Division where he manages the operations of 15 hospitals, 13 free standing outpatient surgery centers, 10 Free Standing Emergency Rooms, 56 employed physician practices and Division Office Staff.
Ravi’s career with HCA began in September 2008, when he accepted a position as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Centennial Medical Center. From October 2009 to March 2010, he also served as interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Centers for the TriStar Division. In October 2010, Dr. Chari was promoted to TriStar Division CMO. In September 2011, he accepted a role in the corporate office as Vice President, Clinical Excellence in the Clinical Services Group and in 2015 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Clinical Excellence in the Clinical Services Group. In this role, he aimed at improving clinical and operating performance by identifying and reducing avoidable, negative clinical variation. He also lead the HCA Physician Leadership Academy, which focused on developing physician executive leadership capability to ensure HCA can more effectively execute at the division and facility level the increasingly complex clinical and operations agenda.
Ravi graduated as the W. S. Lindsey gold medalist from the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in 1989 and completed his surgical residency at Duke University. Following the completion of his residency, he entered fellowship training at the University of Toronto in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Abdominal Organ Transplantation. His first staff appointment was at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In 2001, he accepted a position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and rose to the level of Professor (with tenure) and Chief of the Division of Liver Surgery and Transplantation. In May 2008, he received his MBA degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt, graduating with the Dean’s Award.
Ravi is an officer of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships and past secretary of the Society of University Surgeons. He currently serves on the Council on Governors on the Tampa Bay Partnership and American Heart Association Metro Board. He has authored or coauthored over 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and 30 chapters in textbooks and has been a member of 6 editorial boards, including Cancer and Surgery.