Northwell Health Appoints Maria Torroella Carney, MD, Medical Director of Post-Acute Services; Also Named Local Governor of National Doctors’ Group

Maria Torroella Carney, MD, has new responsibilities at Northwell Health.

Northwell Health has appointed Maria Torroella Carney, MD, medical director of Post-Acute Services; she also serves as Northwell’s chief of geriatric and palliative medicine.   

In her new role, Dr. Carney will lead efforts to align the health system’s Department of Medicine and Post-Acute Services with the goal of providing the highest quality coordinated care to patients who are treated across the continuum of care, including inpatient palliative care, sub-acute rehabilitation, outpatient geriatric medicine, home care and hospice. 

As more health care services move out of hospitals into short-term facilities and patients’ homes, providing coordinated care for patients in these settings requires a new way of thinking, new organizational structures and capabilities.  This is especially important for geriatric patients and their caregivers as well as those with advanced illness at any age. Dr. Carney is a health care leader who brings her expertise and national reputation in internal medicine, geriatrics and palliative medicine, and public health to the new position. 

Prior to joining Northwell, Dr. Carney served as the Commissioner of Health for Nassau County, New York, from 2008-2011. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College, completed her internship in internal medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center, her residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College and fellowship in geriatric medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Carney is assistant professor at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine.

Dr. Carney has published articles, chapters and edited medical books in the areas of dementia, advance directives, palliative medicine and emergency response for vulnerable populations.

Dr. Carney received another professional honor this month when she was named Governor of the New York Long Island Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) at the national organization’s annual scientific meeting held in San Diego from March 30-April 1. The ACP advocates for internists and the needs of their patients.

Governors are elected by local ACP members and serve four-year terms. Working with a local council, they supervise ACP chapter activities, appoint members to local committees and preside at regional meetings. They also represent members by serving on the ACP Board of Governors.

Dr. Carney has served as a member of ACP’s Immunization Technical Advisors Committee (ITAC) since 2014. She was named a Fellow of the College (FACP) in 2008. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to practice of medicine. Her main areas of professional interest include longevity promotion, vulnerable populations and advanced care planning.


About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 550 outpatient practices. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 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 American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. ACP members include 148,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

Betty Olt
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