We develop leaders in the healthcare industry… and
we wrote the book on it.

This book contains a searching critique of the philosophical, human, financial, and institutional foibles of our fragile and misguided healthcare system which has lost its way. The authors argue convincingly that by failing to place the well-being of patients at the heart of the enterprise, our system befuddles, frustrates, and even frightens those it ostensibly is designed to serve. In their most telling criticism, Bell and Cortese contend that our system is woefully shortsighted because it concentrates principally on treating patients’ illnesses instead of preventing medical problems and keeping people healthy. Rescuing Healthcare could become a game-changer by inspiring a generation of transformational leaders – providers, payers, policymakers and patients alike – with the vision, courage, savvy and resolve to create a 21st century system truly devoted to the health of the American people.

Hugh B. Price
Former President and CEO of the National Urban League, former visiting professor in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, former non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Getting more for our health care dollars should be one of the nation’s highest priorities, with credible estimates suggesting that we spend as much as 5 percent of our gross domestic product on health care that doesn’t improve outcomes. And yet, in some sense, we already know how to attack this problem: as Cortese and Bell emphasize in this well-written book, some healthcare systems already do it. The problem is that such high-quality, high-value care is scattered and it needs to be universal, which in turn requires the leadership called for by Cortese and Bell. You may not agree with everything in this book, but it’s important to read if you care about the healthcare your family receives and the economic and fiscal future of the United States.

Peter R. Orszag
Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

We need a health revolution to provide people with better outcomes, with greater convenience, at lower cost. Rescuing healthcare will take leadership and bold thinking – exactly what they provide us.

Steve Case
Co-founder of AOL & Chairman of Revolution & The Case Foundation

One of America’s most eminent medical executives and a highly-regarded thought leader in leadership have given us a masterful overview of healhcare leadership and how to improve it. Rescuing Healthcare gets straight to the point, with a sharp diagnosis of our ills and a clear vision of where healthcare needs to go. Drawing on a lifetime of experience, Dr. Cortese and Antony Bell offer a detailed strategy to unite your organization around a common purpose, improve patient care, and succeed in a value-based environment.

Toby Cosgrove
MD CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic

Bell and Cortese clearly articulate the central importance of leadership to achieving high value, patient-centric health and wellness, as well as why it is so difficult, in the complex adaptive system of healthcare delivery. A compelling read for anyone who hopes to contribute to and experience the transformation of the US system of healthcare delivery.

William B. Rouse
Ph.D., Alexander Crombie Humphreys Chair of Economics of Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology; Member, National Academy of Engineering; Author, Understanding and Managing the Complexity of Healthcare (MIT Press)

Meet the Authors

Antony Bell
Antony Bell
Founder and CEO of LeaderDevelopment Inc.


Antony Bell is founder/CEO of Leader Development Inc., an organization that has helped many leaders in multiple sectors engineer the transformation of their leadership—and through it, the transformation of their organization. He has created an integrated, comprehensive Leadership Framework that makes sense of the complexities of leadership and brings together all the multiple elements of leadership into a coherent whole. This Framework, applicable to any context at any stage of a leader’s career, is now widely applied by numerous individuals, consulting companies, coaching companies, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations; it is widely considered the most comprehensive summary of the key elements of great leadership. He is the author of Great Leadership: What It Is and What It Takes in a Complex World, and a frequent contributor to the business and leadership press.

Denis A. Cortese, MD
Denis A. Cortese, MD
Emeritus President & CEO of the Mayo Clinic


Dr. Cortese’s current positions include Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), Director of ASU's Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, and President of the non-profit Healthcare Transformation Institute based in Phoenix, AZ. He is an Emeritus President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Cortese also currently serves on the board of trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the boards of directors for Cerner Corporation, Essence Global Holding Corporation, and Pinnacle West. Memberships in national and international organizations include: the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as the original chair of the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care; a National Associate of the National Research Council; an honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico). He formerly served in the following positions: member of the health advisory board of RAND; member, and served as the chair of the board, of the Health Care Leadership Council in Washington, DC.; member of the Harvard/Kennedy Health Policy Group; member of the Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS) of the National Academy of Engineering. Education includes a BS from Franklin and Marshall, an MD from Temple University, and residency training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at the Mayo Clinic. Awards include an Ellis Island Award in 2007, the National Healthcare Leadership Award in 2009, and the American College of Medical Quality Founders Award 2017.