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  Philip Ozuah

Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Ozuah is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Montefiore. A nationally recognized physician, leader, executive, researcher, teacher and author, Dr. Ozuah completed his residency in social pediatrics at Montefiore. In addition to his medical degree, he also holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration. He previously served as Professor and University Chairman of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM).

As the leader of CHAM and the Department of Pediatrics, he expanded access for underserved communities, recruited and cultivated outstanding talent, advanced programs of excellence, fostered innovations in medical education, quadrupled specialty case volumes and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, enhanced CHAM's regional and national reputation, and improved financial and operational performance. Under his leadership, the Department of Pediatrics became a Top-20 ranked NIH-funded department, and CHAM became one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." He is also Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at Einstein.

 

 

Joel A. Perlman

Executive Vice President – Finance
Joel Perlman is Executive Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer, providing financial planning and management leadership for Montefiore’s four hospitals, 22 outpatient centers and a large home care network — a system with nearly $3 billion in revenue.

Prior to Perlman’s more than 20 years at Montefiore, he was Chief Financial Officer of St. Francis Medical Center in New Jersey. He is a Certified Public Accountant and held various positions at Ernst & Young.

 

Alfredo Cabrera

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Alfredo Cabrera joined Montefiore in 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.  He leads human resources across the organization, including all strategy, policies and practices.

Cabrera has broad experience in Human Resources strategy, change management, organizational design talent development and executive coaching with a focus on cultivating collaborative and respectful work environments. He brings to Montefiore extensive experience working in complex organizations globally. Prior to joining Montefiore, he spent 20 years at PepsiCo, directing personnel for South America, staffing for Pepsi Cola International, and then leading the HR strategy globally for R&D Beverages and PepsiCo Flavors.  He has also held human resources positions at Exxon Argentina across the organization, from headquarters to operations in the field.

 

Susan Green-Lorenzen, RN

Senior Vice President - Operations
Susan Green-Lorenzen has been associated with Montefiore for nearly three decades. She began her career as a staff nurse and served in a variety of progressive positions before being appointed Senior Vice President, Operations in 2009.

Green-Lorenzen is responsible for overseeing operations at the Moses, Einstein and Wakefield Campuses, as well as at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore and all hospital-based ambulatory care programs.

Throughout her career, Green-Lorenzen has created new and innovative programs and developed high performing healthcare teams. With a particular interest in performance improvement, she has focused on improving the patient experience. She has led projects focused on quality of care and improving patient access to services, as well as the flow of patients throughout the hospital.   

 

 

Jeffrey Menkes

Senior Vice President - System Network Development

Jeffrey Menkes brings 30 years of leadership and healthcare experience to Montefiore Medical Center. Over the course of his career, he has held a number of progressive and high-profile positions in New York-based academic medical centers, community hospitals, healthcare consulting and one of the largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurance carriers in the United States.

Menkes oversaw the merger of New York Downtown Hospital with New York-Presbyterian Hospital. And while serving as President and CEO of New York Downtown Hospital, he led the hospital during the rebirth of lower Manhattan following 9/11 and strengthened the level of services provided to the diverse and growing community of lower Manhattan. In addition to his work in hospital operations and finance, Menkes established community-based physician growth alliances in subspecialty and primary care and expanded innovative community outreach services. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Lehman College and a Masters of Business Administration from Baruch College – Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In his current role as Senior Vice President - System Network Development, Menkes has responsibility for strengthening and building Montefiore’s ongoing and new relationships with hospitals, health systems and community-based physicians.

Christopher S. Panczner

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Chris Panczner is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Montefiore. As a member of the senior management team since 2008, he oversees the operation of the Office of Legal Affairs, Compliance Department, Audit Services Department and the legal aspects of the Risk Management Department.

Panczner's broad legal experience in healthcare law, large commercial and not-for-profit healthcare transactions, as well as managed care structures and transactions will serve Montefiore well in the coming decade of healthcare reform. Prior to his appointment at Montefiore, Panczner was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York City and a senior partner at Epstein Becker & Green.

Panczner has been an Adjunct Professor in the Health Law Program at the Pace University School of Law.

 

Andrew Racine, MD, PhD

Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

Andrew D. Racine, MD, PhD is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Montefiore Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is responsible for Quality and Safety, Medical Affairs, Graduate Medical Education and the 22-site Montefiore Medical Group.

Dr. Racine joined Montefiore in 1992 as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics where he was responsible for two large academic practices that include attending pediatricians as well as pediatric residents. Before that, he served as Associate Director of Pediatrics at Jacobi Medical Center and as a faculty member in the Division of General Pediatrics at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

On a national level, Dr. Racine has been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), serving as Chairman of the Advocacy Committee and Vice-President and President of Chapter 3, District II. He also serves on the National Committee on Child Health Financing of the AAP and has achieved national recognition for his work on the use of hospital data to measure the effect of policy changes on health outcomes.  Dr. Racine has received numerous awards, including the Lewis M. Fraad Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Emily Fenichel Award for Leadership in the New York Zero to Three Field. He was inducted into the Leo M. Davidoff Society of Albert Einstein College of Medicine for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Racine completed his undergraduate education at Harvard and holds combined doctorates in medicine and economics from New York University. He trained at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and went on to join the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Lynn Richmond, NP

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
Lynn Richmond serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for the President and CEO at Montefiore Medical Center. Ms. Richmond is responsible for Governmental Relations, Community Relations, Community Health and Strategic Planning. She serves as senior liaison to the leadership of organized labor and oversees Board Relations for Montefiore. Ms. Richmond is a Nurse Practitioner and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s Degree from Hunter College. She is a member of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics and teaches at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.