David B. Pryor, MD

Former Executive Vice President and CMO, Ascension Health, Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Clinical Holdings

David B. Pryor, MD, is the former Executive Vice President, Ascension and President and CEO, Ascension Clinical Holdings, an Ascension subsidiary. In this role he supported the practices of the more than 40,000 physicians and caregivers and practice sites across Ascension Health, another Ascension subsidiary, to deliver improved care for populations of patients. From 2001 to 2011 he was the Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in the U.S. Prior to joining Ascension Health, Dr. Pryor was Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Allina Health System in Minneapolis, Minn. Prior to Allina, Dr. Pryor was President of the New England Medical Center Hospitals in Boston, Mass. Dr. Pryor spent the first 15 years of his career at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where he served as Director of the cardiology consultation service, the section of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the Duke Database for Cardiovascular Disease, and clinical program development. Dr. Pryor graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and did his medical training at Pennsylvania Hospital, and his cardiology fellowship at Duke University. Dr. Pryor has participated in numerous national and international committees. He has authored over 250 publications. In addition to his position at Ascension, Dr. Pryor’s academic appointments include Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.

Speaker Sessions

29. Featured Breakout Session – Successful, Large-Scale Quality Improvement at Ascension

Level: General Audience
Track: Featured Speaker

Topic: Successful, Large-Scale Quality Improvement at Ascension

Good quality is good business. Ascension has demonstrated real change that happened on a dramatic scale across a system of systems. They have realized over $1 Billion of annual cost savings while working on improving quality. How did they achieve that? How does clinical change happen at the front line where it really matters? Dr. David Pryor will share his learnings over the years about how to achieve quality improvement that matters. He will discuss four critical points:

  • Focus on the innovators and early adopters
  • Capitalize on existing trends
  • Set the right goals
  • Work goals in the right way

Join Dr. Pryor and Brent James as they share learnings and best practices.

Watch HAS 21 Virtual On-Demand.

Replay HAS 21 Virtual

Unsupported Browser

Unfortunately your web browser is out of date. For improved security, speed and the best experience please consider using the latest version of on the following browsers: Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, or Opera.

This site uses cookies

We take pride in providing you with relevant, useful content. May we use cookies to track what you read? We take your privacy very seriously. Please see our privacy policy for details and any questions.