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Michael Dowling

President & CEO

Northwell Health

Michael Dowling is one of healthcare’s most influential voices, taking a stand on societal issues such as gun violence and immigration that many health system CEOs shy away from. As president/CEO of Northwell Health, he leads a clinical, academic and research enterprise with a workforce of more than 77,000 and annual revenue of $15 billion. Mr. Dowling has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and several honorary degrees from Fordham University, University College Dublin (Ireland) and the prestigious Queen’s University Belfast. In 2020, Mr. Dowling received the Deming Cup from the Columbia School of Business and was ranked No. 2 on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. In 2017, he served as the grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. He currently chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Prior to joining Northwell in 1995, Mr. Dowling served in New York state government for 12 years, including leadership roles as director of health, education and human services, commissioner of social services, deputy secretary and a chief adviser to former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Earlier, he was a professor of social policy and an assistant dean of Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Services.


Hot Topic: Making Your Mark—Environmental, Social and Governance Impact for Healthcare Leaders

Presented by Kadesha Thomas Smith, Johnese Spisso, MPA, Michael Dowling, Wright L. Lassiter, III at 11:30 AM on Monday, April 11th.

From impact investing to advancing health equity efforts to leveraging sustainable energy to run hospitals, health systems are embracing broad strategies to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities outside the four walls of their institutions. Join some of the most forward-thinking leaders in healthcare as they discuss their efforts to increase access…