Diversity Leadership: Michael J. Dowling, North ShoreLIJ Health System

Michael J. Dowling


President and CEO

North ShoreLIJ Health System

“Employees are the heart and soul of any great organization … its mission, vision and values in action,” Michael Dowling says in a North ShoreLIJ annual report. “To help ensure that we are hiring the right people, I think it’s a key part of my job to personally deliver our message to new people, to make them feel that every one of them is valued, and that every one of them is in a position to make a difference. There are no insignificant jobs within this organization. We expect every new hire to become a contributing part of a team.”

Dowling served as North ShoreLIJ’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before becoming President and CEO in 2002. Prior to joining the company in 1995, he was a Senior Vice President at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He worked for New York State for more than a decade, including as Director of Health, Education and Human Services, Deputy Secretary to the Governor and Commissioner of the Department of Social Services. He has also been a Professor and Assistant Dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.

Dowling has been recognized for his leadership and received awards from numerous organizations including B’nai B’rith, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the Mental Health Association of New York State and the American Society for Public Administration.

He is a member of the board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The New York Academy of Medicine, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Greater New York Hospital Foundation, the Healthcare Association of New York State and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.

He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is chairman of the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School‘s North American Advisory Board.

A native of Limerick, Ireland, Dowling received his undergraduate degree from University College Cork and a master’s degree from Fordham University.

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