Northwell CEO named Chair of Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling is the new board chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Northwell Health President and CEO Michael J. Dowling has been named board chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Mr. Dowling has served on the IHI board since 2010, alongside other prominent leaders in the health care industry. This includes outgoing IHI board chair Dr. Gary Kaplan, chair and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle, WA. Mr. Dowling’s two-year term runs through May 2019.

“On behalf of my fellow board members and everyone at IHI, I am thrilled and grateful that Michael Dowling has begun his service as chair of the IHI Board of Directors,” said Derek Feeley, IHI’s President and CEO. “Since its founding more than 25 years ago, IHI has benefitted from the guidance, wisdom, and support of extraordinary board members, including the board chair. Michael continues a long line of visionary health leaders who bring great experience with quality improvement and health system transformation to IHI, helping to ensure that IHI’s expertise and support for profound change in the US and around the globe, remain as relevant as ever. I look forward to working closely with Michael over the next several years to build on our shared commitment to deepening the impact IHI can have on health care and on everyone’s health and wellbeing.”

The IHI is a Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit whose mission focuses on health and health care improvement – for both individuals and entire populations – worldwide.

“IHI is energizing and inspiring improvements in the quality of health care around the globe,” said Mr. Dowling. “I’m honored to serve as chair of an organization committed to redesigning health care into a system without errors, waste, delay and unsustainable costs.”

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals, over 550 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for more than two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and 3,900 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

About the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 
IHI is a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, IHI has partnered with visionaries, leaders, and frontline practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, IHI is the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better. Learn more at

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