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February 19, 2014

Partners CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb to Give Keynote Address at 2014 Commencement

Gary L. Gotlieb, MD, Partners HealCare President and CEOMGH Institute of Health Professions President Janis P. Bellack has announced that Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare System, will deliver the keynote address at the Boston health sciences graduate school’s 2014 Commencement on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

“Given the changing health care landscape and the growing need for the types of health care professionals the Institute educates, we believe Dr. Gottlieb’s ability to address these timely issues in an eloquent and compelling way will be of great interest as well as motivational for our graduating students and their families,” said President Bellack.

The MGH Institute, the only degree-granting member of Partners HealthCare, will graduate more than 500 students in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and health professions education during ceremonies at John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston.

Partners HealthCare includes two of the nation’s leading academic medical centers – Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital – as well as specialty hospitals such as Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, community hospitals and health centers, ambulatory care practices, and home care and other health related services.

Dr. Gottlieb, who has led Partners since 2010, joined the system in 1998 as the first chairman of Partners Psychiatry. He subsequently served as president of two Partners affiliates, North Shore Medical Center from 2000–2002 and Brigham and Women’s/ Faulkner Hospitals from 2002–2010.

In addition to his role as CEO of Partners HealthCare, Dr. Gottlieb is a widely recognized and respected community leader in Boston. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Partners In Health. He also chairs the Private Industry Council, the city’s workforce development board, which collaborates with education, labor, government, and the community to provide oversight and leadership for public and private workforce development programs. Dr. Gottlieb previously served as co-chair of the Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Health Disparities.

Dr. Gottlieb is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In addition to his noteworthy academic, clinical, and leadership record, Dr. Gottlieb has published extensively in the fields of geriatric psychiatry and health policy and is a sought-after expert on both topics. He is a past president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Gottlieb received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute along with his MD degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed an internship and residency and served as chief resident of psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center. Before moving to Boston, he spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia.

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