The Gala & Awards is attended by over 250 C-suite executives, leaders, and policymakers from New York State’s largest and most prominent health systems, health plans, associations, and public sector organizations. Learn how to participate in this year’s event!
Transformative Leadership Award
President & CEO
Michael Dowling is President & Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the School of Graduate Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies.
Northwell is the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with a total workforce of more than 66,000 employees—the state’s largest private employer. With 23 hospitals, 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds, more than 665 outpatient physician practices, and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $11 billion in annual revenue.
One of healthcare’s most recognized executives, Mr. Dowling has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an honorary degree from Queen’s University Belfast, and his selection as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He also serves as chair of the Healthcare Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Prior to joining Northwell in 1995, Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years. He was Director of Health, Education and Human Services, Commissioner of Social Services, Deputy Secretary and a Chief Adviser to former Governor Mario Cuomo. Earlier, Mr. Dowling was a Professor of Social Policy and an Assistant Dean of the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. He started his career as a caseworker in the New York City schools.
Linda A. Lambert, CAE
New York State Chapter of the American College of Physicians
Linda Lambert is a graduate of the State University of New York, Empire State College with a BS in Business, Management, and Economics with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She has been in medical society management for more than 40 years and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
In 2013, Linda was awarded the American Medical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for “contributing substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession” and, in 2014, received the ESSAE George Burton Award for her efforts to promote CAE certification. She was also awarded a Proclamation of Merit for Service with Exceptional Distinction by the New York State Department of Health, Board of Professional Medical Conduct and was cited in a Health Department report “as a model for successful state government/private sector partnerships”.
She has served on numerous national and state healthcare organizations' Board of Directors including the Federation of State Physician Health Programs and as President of the American Association of Medical Society Executives. She currently serves as Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (an organization representing 12,000 New York Internists), Executive Director of NYACP Services, Inc., and as President of its subsidiary, I M Research and Service Corp. Linda is a registered lobbyist and has worked for more than 35 years with members of the New York State Legislature, the Governors’ office, and the State, Education, and Health Departments to monitor, draft, and modify various legislative and regulatory proposals in the area of healthcare delivery.
Ido Schoenberg, MD
Chairman & CEO
Ido Schoenberg, MD serves as Chairman & CEO of American Well, a national telehealth company partnering with more than 180 health systems and health plans, and delivering telehealth services to more than 100 million Americans. He has a lengthy track record of successfully leading technology companies in the healthcare field. In 1996, together with Phyllis Gotlib, he co-founded iMDSoft, a provider of enterprise software that automates hospital critical care units. In 2001, Dr. Schoenberg joined CareKey Inc. as Chief Executive Officer and took the company through its acquisition by the TriZetto group. He served as TriZetto's Chief Business Strategy Officer until his departure in 2006. Dr. Schoenberg received his MD from the Sackler School of Medicine.
Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH
President & CEO
Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH is President & CEO of American Well where, a decade ago, he introduced the technology that brokers on-demand telehealth visits between patients in need and available providers. Since its rollout in 2008, the American Well ecosystem was joined by over 200 of the nation’s largest payers, health systems, employers, retailers and, through them, reaches millions of Americans.
Prior to American Well, Dr. Schoenberg was the founder of CareKey Inc. and served as Chief Internet Solutions Officer at TriZetto, following its acquisition of CareKey. In 2013, he was appointed to the Federation of Medical Boards’ task force delivering landmark guidelines for the "Appropriate use of Telehealth in Medical Practice". Dr. Schoenberg is the 2014 recipient of the American Telemedicine Association Industry award for leadership in the field of telemedicine.
He is an avid author and speaker in the areas of healthcare technology and health IT policy. He serves on the board of the American Telemedicine Association, holds an MD from the Hebrew University, and an MPH from Harvard. He is a sailor, scuba-diver and, between September and February, a devoted football fan.
Master of Ceremonies
Max Gomez, MD
Senior Medical Correspondent
One of TV’s most respected medical journalists, Dr. Max Gomez has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia. Dr. Gomez has reported for Dateline, The Today Show, and 48 Hours. He is currently the Senior Medical Correspondent for WCBS, the flagship CBS network station in New York.
Over more than three decades, he’s earned nine Emmy Awards, three NY State Broadcaster’s Association awards, and UPI’s “Best Documentary” award.
In addition to NYC’s 'Excellence in Time of Crisis' for his September 11 coverage, Dr. Gomez has been singled out nationally for special award recognition by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The National Marfan Foundation. He was also named the American Health Foundation's “Man of the Year.”
Dr. Gomez has served on the national board of directors for the American Heart Association, the Princeton Alumni Weekly, the Partnership for After School Education, and the After School All Stars. He has chaired the national communications committees for the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
A noted moderator, speaker, and media trainer, Dr. Gomez also mentors undergraduate journalism and medical students and physicians who are interested in medical journalism.
Dr. Gomez is the co-author of “Cells are the New Cure – The Cutting Edge Medical Breakthroughs that are Transforming Our Health” as well as “Our Stem Cells – The Mysteries of Life and Secrets of Healing”, and “The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer.”
Dr. Gomez is an honors graduate of Princeton University, received his PhD in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and was a National Institutes of Heath (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.
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