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HRET Mission

Transforming health care through research and education.

HRET Vision

Leveraging research and education to create a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

Transforming health care through research and education


Lee Sacks

Lee Sacks, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Aurora Health

2018 TRUST Award Recipient

Lee Sacks, M.D., has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the HRET TRUST Award. Dr. Sacks is chief medical officer of Advocate Aurora Health, where he is responsible for safety, quality, population health, insurance, claims, and risk management. He previously served as executive vice president, chief medical officer, of Advocate Health Care (before the merger with Aurora Health Care) since 1997.

Dr. Sacks served as the founding CEO of Advocate Health Partners (now Advocate Physician Partners), a clinically integrated network of more than 5,000 physicians. The organization coordinates care for 1 million lives in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid populations. In addition, Dr. Sacks is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine, Chicago.

His work supports the AHA’s commitment to quality, safety, value and affordability. Dr. Sacks is a nationally recognized expert on quality and value. He has led Advocate on its safety journey for many years, resulting in a 54%–55% reduction from baseline in serious safety events at end of 2017.



About the TRUST Award

Established in 2003, the TRUST Award honors individuals who have exhibited visionary leadership in the health care field and who symbolize HRET's mission of leveraging research and education to make a dramatic impact in policy and practice.

Join us in honoring Dr. Sacks at an evening reception on July 26 in San Diego by becoming a TRUST Award sponsor.

Previous TRUST Award Recipients


2017 - Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP  
2016 - Linda Burnes Bolton, Dr.P.H., RN, F.A.A.N 2009 - David Satcher
2015 - Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, MBA 2008 - Robert H. Brook
2014 - Nancy Schlichting 2007 - Janet M. Corrigan
2013 - Karen Davis 2006 - Gail L. Warden
2012 - Maureen Bisognano 2005 - Brent C. James
2011 - Atul Gawande, MD, MPH 2004 - Donald M. Berwick
2010 - Glenn D. Steele Jr. 2003 -David M. Lawrence

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