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Michael J. Dowling
Michael J. Dowling has been an innovative and influential administrator and advisor in the state of New York. As commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services from 1993 to 1994, he initiated and developed welfare reform initiatives, such as the state’s Child Assistance Program, which won two national awards. He is currently President and Chief Executive Office of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (L.I.J.) Health System, where he has served in various capacities since 1997. The organization is a comprehensive healthcare network providing care for people at all states of illness and health at 15 hospitals, four long-term care facilities, three trauma centers, six home health agencies, and dozens of out-patient centers throughout Long Island, Queens and Staten Island. His improvement initiatives have helped distinguish North Shore-L.I.J. as one of the nation’ preeminent healthcare systems. Under Dowling’s leadership, North Shore-L.I.J. was the first healthcare facility to establish a corporate university.
Dowling served in New York state government for 12 years, including seven years as a chief advisor to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Prior to joining the health system, Dowling was a senior vice president for Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield in New York. He was a professor of social policy and an assistant dean at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. He was also the director of the Fordham campus in Westchester.
Dowling earned his MSW from Fordham University in 1974 and his undergraduate degree from University College Cork Ireland in 1967.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2012: B’Nai B’rith Healthcare Award
2011: National Center for Healthcare, Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award
2011: CEO Information Technology Award from Modern Healthcare magazine.
Dowling has also been awarded the National Human Relations Award from 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, the Alfred E. Smith Award from the American Society for Public Administration, and the Gold Medal from the American Irish Historical Society, among others.
Dowling has honorary degrees from Hofstra University and Dowling College.
McGee, J.E., Dowling, M.J., & Megginson, W.L. (1995). Cooperative strategy and new venture performance: The role of business strategy and management experience. Strategic Management Journal, 16(7), 565-580.
McGee, J.E. & Dowling, M.J. (1994). Using R&D cooperative arrangements to leverage managerial experience: A study of technology-intensive new ventures. Journal of Business Venturing, 9(1), 33-48.