Chartis Physician Leadership Institute


Every aspect of health system performance is directly influenced by the decisions and behaviors of its physicians. Physician engagement and alignment are key differentiators in the performance and success of leading health systems.

The Chartis Physician Leadership Institute (CPLI) brings together senior physician executives with unrivaled expertise from the nation’s leading health systems, academic medical centers, medical groups and health plans. It is dedicated to advancing health system and medical group performance through leading-edge solutions that drive physician alignment and engagement, and achieve the highest levels of organizational and operational effectiveness.

Who We Serve

  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Children’s Hospitals and Pediatric Institutions
  • Integrated Delivery Networks
  • Physician Enterprises


  • Mark J. Werner, MD

    Mark J. Werner, MD
    Director, Clinical Consulting, Physicians and CPLI
    Dr. Werner is a Director with The Chartis Group leading Clinical Consulting and the Chartis Physician Leadership Institute. Dr. Werner brings over 25 years of experience providing transformational healthcare leadership in physician alignment and engagement, medical group performance, innovation and the translation of strategy into clinical operations.

    Tonya Edwards, MD

    Tonya Edwards, MD
    Tonya Edwards, MD is a Principal with The Chartis Group. Dr. Edwards has over 25 years of experience in healthcare as a family physician, physician executive and consultant. She is board certified in both Family Practice and Clinical Informatics.

  • Mark B. Wenneker, MD

    Mark B. Wenneker, MD
    Dr. Wenneker has over 25 years of experience in healthcare as a practicing primary care physician and healthcare consultant. He focuses on supporting the design and implementation of physician-hospital/system alignment models in community hospitals, hospital systems and academic medical centers.

    Robert Schwartz, MD

    Robert Schwartz, MD
    Dr. Schwartz has more than 34 years of healthcare experience in: academics, research, administration, operations, governance, physician relationship strategies, quality initiatives, change management, clinical decision support and process improvement.

  • Mark Van Kooy, MD

    Mark Van Kooy, MD
    Dr. Van Kooy has over 30 years of experience in healthcare as a family physician and consultant. For much of his career he was a faculty physician and residency director and continues as a clinically active physician. He has extensive experience in physician coaching, change management and performance improvement as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

    Frederick van Pelt, MD

    Frederick van Pelt, MD
    Associate Clinical Principal
    Dr. van Pelt has more than 18 years of experience in clinical practice, performance improvement, patient safety and change management within health systems. His areas of expertise include: system of care advancement; clinical service redesign and clinical variation management; physician and care provider engagement; and implementation science.

  • Cynthia Bailey

    Cynthia Bailey
    Manager, CPLI
    Cynthia Bailey manages the Chartis Physician Leadership Institute and is a member of the firm's Performance practice. Ms. Bailey has 15 years of healthcare experience including strategy and operations consulting, sales and business development, and public health policy and communications.