President and CEOMontefiore Medical Center
Steven M. Safyer, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore in New York City. Montefiore is the University Hospital and academic medical center for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a full-service, integrated delivery system caring for patients from 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 excellence to New York City’s most vulnerable patient populations. Dr. Safyer was a leader in expanding Montefiore's ambulatory healthcare network and developing innovative business and clinical strategies to provide care management under prepayment arrangements. He championed the adoption of cutting-edge 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 which has resulted in superior, comprehensive specialty care being provided in 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 in the Department of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in the Department 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 and a member of the Healthcare Institute.
Dr. Safyer currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and Chair of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes. 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; Coalition to protect America’s Health Care; New York eHealth Collaborative (NYcE); and University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). He is an active participant in the Association of American Medical Colleges; New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education; and is a member of the Chase Regional Advisory Board. Dr. Safyer was the previous Chair of the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization, an independent organization for health information sharing; a former member of HANYS’ Health Reform Taskforce; and New York State Medicaid Redesign Team. 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 tuberculosis in prison populations.