Quality Leader to Watch:
Xiaoyan Huang

January 24, 2023 · Andy Reynolds

Dr. Xiaoyan Huang, Chief of Clinical Cardiology, Providence Heart Institute.

We’ve gotten to know an astute, energetic leader who is doing great things for quality specialty care in the Pacific Northwest: Xiaoyan Huang, Chief of Clinical Cardiology at Providence Heart Institute.

By mid-February, Dr. Huang will have been faculty or guest expert on three NCQA instructional platforms in less than four months.

  • Anyone who missed Dr. Huang at the Health Innovation Summit will get another chance to learn from her on their iPhone: She’ll be featured on a special episode of our Inside Health Care podcast in early February. Dr. Huang will be interviewed by Lori Ferguson, NCQA Senior Vice President for Product and Customer Operations. Lori runs the PCSP Recognition program, and Dr. Huang has distinguished herself as a user of PCSP standards. Expect a rich discussion of what it takes to improve specialty care.

Perspective and Surprise

Around 250 practices have earned the PCSP seal—a small number compared to the reach of Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, the older program on which PCSP is based. Given that contrast or context, Dr. Huang’s enthusiasm for PCSP stands out.

You might say Dr. Huang is in good company as a quality advocate: We didn’t realize it when we first started working with her, but she is colleagues with 2021-Quality-Talks-speaker-turned-NCQA-board-member Sarah Vaezy, Providence Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Digital Officer.

On top of what she does to advance high quality specialty care, we’ve been intrigued to learn Dr. Huan is also a thoughtful writer on cultural issues in health care. An example that caught our eye: This engaging, enlightening essay she wrote for the Washington Post about having a name that native English speakers find hard to pronounce.

The Bottom Line

  • We’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Huang, and we appreciate her energy and advocacy.
  • Be sure to listen to her February podcast appearance or watch her February webinar.
  • Remember her name! We think Dr. Xiaoyan Huang is a leader you’ll be hearing more about.


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