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Charles W. Sorenson

Emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer

Charles W. Sorenson, MD, Emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer of Intermountain Healthcare, is the Founding Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, a position he assumed in October 2016. Dr. Sorenson served as Intermountain’s President and CEO beginning in January 2009 until his retirement in October 2016. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Sorenson, a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, is a board-certified Urologic Surgeon. He began his practice at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City in 1982. His professional activities have included serving as President of the Medical Staff at LDS Hospital, chairing the Committee on Young Surgeons for the American College of Surgeons, and serving as President of the Utah Urologic Society and as Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Utah Medical Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah.
In addition to his other responsibilities, Dr. Sorenson has had a long-standing interest in clinical process improvement. He helped create the Intermountain Medical Group, an integrated practice of approximately 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians employed by Intermountain. He served as the founding chair of the Medical Group Board from 1994 to 1998, when he assumed his full-time administrative duties with Intermountain. Along with his administrative responsibilities Dr. Sorenson has continued to be involved in the practice of surgery.
Under Dr. Sorenson’s leadership, Intermountain Healthcare implemented a disciplined and system-wide focus on best clinical practices aimed at producing measurably better outcomes for patients. Similar efforts are being applied to operational best practices, aimed at increasing efficiency and holding down healthcare costs. Dr. Sorenson continues to practice surgery at Intermountain Medical Center, with a primary focus on urologic oncology.