Michael Dowling, born in County Limerick, is president and CEO 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.
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. 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, Dowling was director of health, education, and human services, and a chief adviser to Governor Mario Cuomo. Earlier, 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.
Michael and his wife, Kathy have two adult children, Brian and Elizabeth.