Ravi S. Chari, MD
HCA West Florida
Ravi Chari’s current position as Senior Vice President of Clinical Services Group is to lead HCA’s Clinical Excellence agenda. This enterprise program is aimed at improving clinical and operating performance by identifying and reducing avoidable, negative clinical variation. Dr. Chari also leads the HCA Physician Leadership Academy, which is 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.
Dr. Chari'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.
Dr. Chari 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.
Dr. Chari is an officer of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships and past secretary of the Society of University Surgeons. 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. He is married to Sharon E. Albers, M.D.; they have two children, Danielle and Tristan.