CEO Michael Dowling: Public Service Past Guides North Shore-LIJ's Future

Michael Dowling has served as president and CEO of North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y., since 2002.

CEO of North Shore-LIJ Michael DowlingAs president and CEO, Mr. Dowling oversees one of the largest, non-profit secular health systems in the U.S. with 15 hospitals, more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout the region, approximately 5,600 beds and a total workforce of more than 43,000 employees. He also oversees a healthcare network which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., and a visionary approach to medical education.

Prior to becoming president and CEO, Mr. Dowling was North Shore-LIJ's executive vice president and COO. Before joining North Shore-LIJ in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling also served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of heath, education and human services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State department of social services. Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services in Bronx, N.Y., and director of the Fordham Westchester campus in Harrison, N.Y.

Mr. Dowling is no stranger to hard work. He was raised in Ireland in a house with a dirt floor, a thatched roof and no indoor plumbing. When his father died, he left home to work in England in a steel mill at the age of 16. Mr. Dowling eventually moved to the United States where he took jobs as a longshoreman and carpenter. He was able to send money to his family back home and raise enough to attend college.

Mr. Dowling has received numerous awards honoring his leadership and public service, including the 2011 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership; the National Human Relations Award for the American Jewish Committee; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Distinguished Public Service Award from the State University of New York's Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy; and an Outstanding Public Service Award from the Mental Health Association of New York State.  

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