Patricia A. Gabow


Patricia A. Gabow, MD, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in April 2013.

Gabow is a national leader in hospital reform and public health care delivery. A nephrologist by training, she retired in 2012 after 20 years as CEO of Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHHA), an integrated health care system serving one of the poorest populations in the state of Colorado. Gabow is credited with transforming DHHA from a struggling public hospital system into a national model of integrated, fiscally stable, and high-quality care. One of the hallmarks of Gabow’s leadership was her introduction of business-based improvement methods to streamline operations, increase employee satisfaction, and develop new information technology systems, resulting in the elimination of wasteful spending while significantly enhancing patient care.

Listed as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Health Care (2007, 2009), Gabow currently serves on several influential health care and health policy commissions, including the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) and the National Governors’ Association Health Advisory Board. Previously she served on the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performing Health System and the Institute of Medicine committee addressing the future viability of safety net providers. She also was chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

Earlier in Gabow’s career, she worked as a leading academic practitioner and medical researcher in the area of renal disease, making important contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the treatment of polycystic kidney disease, its progression, and the genetics of the disorder. She continues to serve as a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Gabow graduated from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in biology before attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is the author of more than 100 articles and 36 books and book chapters, and is a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Hall of Fame.

Patricia Gabow

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