physician leadership

Fredric Tobis, MD

Founder and Principal

As a cardiologist, physician leader, and healthcare consultant for over 25 years, Fredric Tobis, MD, has coached physician leaders and executives in building strong teams that consistently improve quality and contain costs in a variety of healthcare enterprises. He was one of the first physician leaders to integrate a specialty practice into a hospital system and develop a successful, integrated, cardiovascular service line within a highly competitive, mature urban market, including recruiting and partnering with a team of intensivists, nephrologists, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, and cardiac surgeons.
Fred models and teaches the interpersonal qualities of leadership in practical ways that physicians and executives connect with personally, and he coaches them to refine their skills through ongoing mentoring and follow-up. 

Fred is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the American College of Health Care Executives. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Washington.

Fred is a Certified Physician Development Coachâ„¢ and a member of the Association of Physician Speakers, Experts, and Consultants. As the current chairman of Washington State's Eighth District Healthcare Advisory Committee, he facilitates communication from local healthcare leaders into consensus recommendations for national healthcare policy.

Fred can be reached at (206) 853-3336 or fred.tobis@cfplt.com .


The Healthcare Crisis

The Urgent Need For Physician Leadership

Dr. Tobis shares his 30 years of experience in healthcare to take us behind the scenes in the healthcare debate.

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Getting it Done

Strategies for Clinical & Financial Success

This book shares the hard-earned lessons of healthcare leaders who removed roadblocks to clinical and financial excellence.

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physician leadership

Ashley Wendel, MA, CMC, PDC


Ashley works with physicians and healthcare teams to develop higher levels of performance and to enhance professional fulfillment. As a Physician Executive Coach, she works with physician leaders who are looking to build their core skills in communication, conflict resolution, EQ development, influence, and expert management of change. Organizationally, Ashley applies many of the human performance principles she practiced while working with Fortune 500 executives as a change management consultant for Accenture.  She helps executive leadership to identify and address systemic / team challenges and enhance physician leadership competencies to improve factors such as patient safety, clinical outcomes, credibility/referrals, and financial viability of the organization.

Ashley is a contributing writer on FreelanceMD, as well as a national speaker on the topic of Physician Physician Skill Development and Physician Career Transition.  She is a chapter author to a new ACHE published book (available May 2011) entitled, “Getting It Done: Experienced Healthcare Leaders Reveal Field-Tested Strategies for Clinical and Financial Success”, with a chapter on “Coaching Healthcare Teams to Improved Performance”.  She has an active blog called Strategic Change for Physicians as well as the blog she and Fred write together for the Center for Physician Leadership.

Ashley can be reached at (619) 746-4405 or ashley.wendel@cfplt.com .