North Shore-LIJ’s Michael Dowling Among Nation’s Top 25 Influential Health Leaders

GREAT NECK, NY -- North Shore-LIJ Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Dowling ranked 25th in Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual listing of the nation’s “Top 100 Healthcare Leaders,” published this week.  Mr. Dowling was the top-ranked hospital executive in the New York area and moved up 13 slots from his 38th ranking last year.  It is his seventh consecutive appearance and highest ranking on the annual list. Topping Modern Healthcare’s “most powerful” list were: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Health and Human Services (HHS); Dr. John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon and President Obama.

Mr. Dowling has been North Shore-LIJ’s president and CEO since January 2002, after having served as the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining North Shore-LIJ in 1995, he served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as State Director of Health, Education and Human Services and Deputy Secretary to the Governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services. Mr. Dowling was also a recipient of the 2011 Chief Executive Officer Information Technology Award, co-sponsored by the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and Modern Healthcare magazine. He was one of three CEOs to win the national award.

One of the nation's largest healthcare systems,North Shore-LIJ 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 Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City.  For more information, go to

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