Health care Executive, President, and CEO of Northwell Health

Michael J. Dowling is President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health, New York’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 665 outpatient locations, $11 billion in annual revenue and 66,000+ employees. One of health care’s most-influential executives, Mr. Dowling has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an honorary degree from the prestigious Queen’s University Belfast and his selection as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. He also serves as chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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My goal is simple: help make the world of health care better tomorrow than it is today.

Michael J. Dowling


Prior to joining Northwell in 1995, he served in the New York State government for 12 years as the Chief Health and Human Services Advisor to former Governor Mario Cuomo. He has also served as Senior Vice President at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield and 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 the New York City schools. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.

Michael is currently chair of the Healthcare Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Michael grew up in Limerick, Ireland and now resides in Great Neck, New York.

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My mother always said, “Don’t ever let your circumstance interfere with your potential or limit your potential. You have unlimited potential to be successful if you work hard enough and if you work with people in a caring way.”

Michael J. Dowling

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