Dro. Jill Kalman, who oversees all clinical aspects at Northwell Health, New York state’s largest health system and private employer, has been named one of the top women health care executives in Modern Healthcare’s Top Women Leaders in Healthcare.
Kalman, who serves as Northwell’s executive vice president, chief medical officer and deputy physician-in-chief, is the health care provider’s first woman to hold its top clinical role.
Previously, Kalman served as executive director at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, where she elevated its reputation as a regional, national and global destination for top-quality tertiary care and guided it through the heart of the pandemic.
“Dr. Jill Kalman has an amazing capacity to deliver clinical change as well as lead an organization, as her track record at Lenox Hill has proven,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “We’re incredibly proud of Dr. Kalman’s recognition by Modern Healthcare. The larger story here is that great people make an organization great. Her success represents our overall excellence in patient care.”
Kalman has risen through the ranks of the organization to create top-ranking hospitals within the system. She joined Northwell in May 2014 as associate medical director in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer and as the associate medical director at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. She later served as the medical director of Lenox Hill Hospital and was responsible for the quality of patient care, safety and day-to-day operations. Next, she was tabbed to lead Lenox Hill as executive director.
One of Dr. Kalman’s priorities is to create the “hospital of the future” that can be adapted across the country. She is working to deliver care in the right place at the right time and to bring services to patients outside of the hospital – where possible – in varied settings, whether that is ambulatory centers, clinician offices or care in the home. This enables patients in the hospital to have the appropriate services focused on them. When she thinks of the hospital of the future, one of the lessons learned from the pandemic was the need to be prepared for unprecedented events and to have the innovation and creativity to deliver care differently depending on the situation.
“It’s both humbling and an honor to be included among so many powerful women in health care,” said Kalman, who was appointed chief medical officer in October 2021. “I’m incredibly proud of being able to lead the way for women in medicine, but I’m equally concerned about breaking down barriers to access of care for all. I’m also intensively focused on physician wellness and resiliency – and for all healthcare workers who sacrificed so much during the pandemic. It’s my job to drive quality of care for patients and quality of life for our team members.”
After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, Kalman received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and cardiology fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, including a research fellowship in heart failure and cardiac transplantation.
Modern Healthcare’s annual program recognizes top women healthcare executives who influence the policy and care delivery models across the county. For more information, go to: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/awards/top-women-leaders-healthcare-2023