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Steven M. Safyer, MD

and Chief Executive Officer

Steven M. Safyer, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore Health System. Montefiore is the University Hospital and academic medical center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an integrated academic health system serving the New York metropolitan region. An accomplished physician leader and highly respected healthcare executive, Dr. Safyer has been at Montefiore since 1982, previously serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

Throughout his career at Montefiore, Dr. Safyer has been a leader in advancing Montefiore's position as a preeminent, innovative and equitable healthcare system. He has been a strong advocate for delivering a single standard of excellence to all, regardless of social or economic circumstances. He began his career with a deep commitment to improving health care for the underserved and early on galvanized a city-wide effort to stem the burgeoning epidemics of HIV and TB that were taking the greatest toll on the poor. Dr. Safyer then assumed a more senior role at Montefiore and led the expansion of Montefiore's ambulatory healthcare network and developed innovative business and clinical strategies to provide care management under prepayment arrangements. He championed the early adoption of physician order entry clinical information systems and created nationally recognized quality and safety programs. In his position as President and CEO, he has strengthened Montefiore’s partnership with Einstein, the results of which have included exceptional research and treatment being provided through the creation of Montefiore’s notable Centers of Excellence in the areas of heart, transplant, cancer, child health, neurosciences and others.

Dr. Safyer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Social Medicine at Montefiore. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at Einstein. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, founding member of The Health Management Academy, a member of the Healthcare Institute and a member of the corporation at The New York Botanical Garden.

Dr. Safyer currently serves as Chair of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes and the immediate past chairman of the Board of Governors for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). He is a board member of the Hospital Association of New York State (HANYS); Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) Administrative Board; Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation; NYC Board of Corrections; New York eHealth Collaborative (NYcE); Coalition to protect America’s Health Care; and University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). He is an active participant on committees for organizations such as the Association of American Medical Colleges; New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education; Medicaid Redesign Team; and Chase Regional Advisory Board. He was the previous founder and Chair of the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization, an independent organization for health information sharing. A frequent lecturer on topics including the history of healthcare reform, healthcare transformation and academic medical centers, population-based medicine and public health, Dr. Safyer has authored and co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, covering subjects ranging from electronic medical records to managing the health of a population, to the emergence of tuberculosis in correctional settings.