Michael Dowling, born in County Limerick, is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.
Northwell is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State, with a total workforce of more than 80,000 employees – the state’s largest private employer. With 21 hospitals, 220 primary care facilities, more than 850 outpatient physician practices, and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $15 billion in annual revenue. In 2022, he fundraised $1 billion for Northwell.
One of healthcare’s most recognized executives, Mr. Dowling has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an honorary degree from Queen’s University Belfast, and his selection as the grand marshal of the 2017 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He also serves as chair of the Healthcare Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2020, he released the book Leading Through a Pandemic: The Inside Story of Humanity, Innovation, and Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Crisis.
Prior to joining Northwell in 1995, Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years. He was director of health, education, and human services, commissioner of social services, deputy secretary, and a chief adviser to former Governor Mario Cuomo. Earlier, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and an assistant dean of the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. He started his career as a caseworker in New York City schools.