John Toussaint, MD

Title: Founder and CEO
Company: ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value


John Toussaint, MD, is CEO emeritus of ThedaCare and CEO of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. He was the founding Chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, as well as the non-executive leader of the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform in Wisconsin. He has participated in many Institute of Medicine subcommittees, including most recently the Value Incentives Learning Collaborative and the CEO Checklist for High Value Healthcare.

Dr. Toussaint’s healthcare improvement work using Toyota Production System principles has been well documented in articles published in Health Affairs, the Harvard Business Review Blog, and Frontiers in Health Management. His work on payment reform and the transparency of provider performance data has been featured in The American Journal of Managed Care and the Commonwealth Fund publications, as well as news publications like The Wall Street Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Healthcare Finance News.

He has been a featured speaker at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The Shingo Prize, The Lean Enterprise Institute, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and many international conferences. His groundbreaking first book, On the Mend, Revolutionizing Healthcare to Save Lives and Transform the Industry, was awarded the 2012 Shingo Research and Publication Award. It shows how healthcare can be fundamentally improved at the point of delivery to patients using the proven principles of lean management. His just released second book, Potent Medicine, The Collaborative Cure for Healthcare, describes the three core elements necessary to transform healthcare and deliver better value: delivery of care designed around the patient; transparency of treatment quality and cost; and payment for outcomes.

Dr. Toussaint received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell College, and earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Iowa, Iowa Methodist program. Dr. Toussaint is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He resides in Appleton, Wis.