Charles Watts, MD

Chairman of the Board

Charles M. Watts, MD is interim chief medical officer for Swedish Health Services, overseeing all clinical activities for the system and providing leadership to Swedish medical staff including physicians and advance practice clinicians. Dr. Watts served as a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees, where he played a very active role in the quality and patient safety committee. Dr. Watts has also been an executive-in-residence at the Health Management Academy since 2012, serving as faculty and mentor for multiple activities: physician leadership program, CMO fellowship, and multiple collaboratives including population health, big data, and consumerism. Dr. Watts is also emeritus professor of medicine at Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University.

From 2001 through 2011, Dr. Watts served as chief medical officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and associate dean at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. There he directed the quality and patient safety programs and was responsible for oversight and support of the clinical programs. During that period, NMH was recognized as a national leader in quality of care by the University Health System Consortium, Leapfrog and others. Prior to 2001, Dr. Watts served in the same roles at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Watts has his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, where he also received his residency training in internal medicine and pulmonology, specializing in critical care. His research interests have included severity adjustment in the ICU, quality improvement measurement, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. While at the University of Michigan he was a co-investigator in the ARDS network. He is an active member of the American College of Chest Physicians, The American College of Physicians, The American Thoracic Society, Health Management Academy and The Society of Critical Care Medicine.