Dr. Richard Winters is a professional and executive coach for physician leaders, an experienced health care leader, and a board certified emergency physician.

Executive Coach for Physician Leaders

Richard Winters MD MBA – Executive Coach for Physician Leaders


Dr. Winters is an experienced health care leader who has served as:

CEO/President of IPA | built IPA from 0 to 450 physician members
President of the Medical Staff | 770 Physicians in a tertiary care hospital
CEO of PHO | PHO partnership between IPA and 436-bed hospital
Managing Partner | Democratic group of 31 ED physicians & midlevels, 50 scribes
Chair of Emergency Medicine | 75K patient visits per year
Emergency Physician | Saving lives. Stomping out disease.


Mayo Medical School | 40 students per class | Full-tuition scholarship
UCSF-Fresno | Emergency Medicine Residency | Intern of the Year | Chief Resident
University of Texas at Dallas | Healthcare Management Executive MBA | 40 Physicians per class
University of Texas at Dallas | Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching

Writing and Speaking

Dr. Winters’ writing can be found at the Harvard Business Review blog, KevinMD and at RichardWinters.com.

Richard is a speaker for the American College of Physician Executives and other national health care organizations about health care leadership skills, decision making, and executive presence. His use of humor, real world examples, and experiential learning gives health care leaders new practices they immediately apply to their work.

Interesting Stuff

Family | Wife, Two Daughters, German Shepherd, 9 Backyard Hens
Tea Lover | Oolong, Pu-Erh, Green, White
Fitness | Running, Yoga
Chief Stadium Physician | Fresno State Football

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Dr. Richard Winters attended Mayo Medical School on full-tuition scholarship and is a member of The Doctors Mayo Society.

Richard is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas Executive and Professional Coaching Program and is an International Coaching Federation certified coach. He holds a Healthcare Management Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Richard is the President of a 770-physician medical staff and is President/CEO of a forming Independent Practice Association. He has served as the Managing Partner of a democratic emergency medicine group that cares for over 75,000 patients each year. His emergency department has been on the cutting edge of healthcare operations for the last decade. They are leaders in the use of physician scribes. Richard led the development and has consulted on a “pit crew” approach to seeing patients rapidly and compassionately. His department is uses a “teams and zones” model of care. They see an increasing number of patients while achieving high quality and satisfaction amidst decreasing community-wide resources.

In December of 2009, Richard was the inaugural winner of the Physician Champion in Care Award at Saint Agnes Medical Center. This award was created by the hospital nursing staff to honor the physician who:

  • demonstrates respect for all members of the clinical team, is open to different points of view, and communicates openly and effectively.
  • recognizes and values the individual and shared knowledge in nurse / physician interactions.
  • supports nursing in engaging patients as active participants in their care.
  • appreciates and values the integral role teamwork plays in the delivery of care and in improving patient outcomes.

Richard served on the task force that created a collaborative hospital leadership model, the Integrated Leadership Team. In this model, a select team of physicians and hospital senior administrators work collaboratively as the senior management team on decisions of strategy, capital budget and partnerships. He also worked to form a Hospital Multidisciplinary Peer Review Committee. He currently sits on the Integrated Leadership Team, the Medical Executive Committee, and the Bylaws Committee of the Medical Staff.

Richard is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF. He is board certified and residency trained in Emergency Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco at Fresno. While a resident he was Chief Resident and won the Intern of the Year award.

He attended the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago and won several student research awards.

Richard is 45 years old. He lives in Fresno, California. He is the Chief Stadium Physician for Fresno State Bulldog football home games. He lives with his wife (a surgeon) and two daughters (ages 7 and 9). They have 9 backyard chickens and 1 German Shephard.

You can reach him at: richard@richardwinters.com