2016 Commencement Speaker
Ellen Zane was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Commencement, held on May 9.
Zane is the former president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children and the first woman to lead the hospital. She will address the more than 500 students who will earn degrees in nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, health professions education, and rehabilitation sciences, during ceremonies at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center.
“As a speech-language pathologist who went on to lead several health organizations, Ellen is sure to inspire our graduating students as they begin their fulfilling careers in health care and research,” said President Bellack.
Prior to her work at Tufts Medical, Zane spent 10 years as network president for Partners HealthCare, where she was responsible for developing its community physician provider network.
She served as a member of the MGH Institute’s Board of Trustees from 1995 – 2007, during which time she held such roles as Board vice chair, chair of the Audit and Risk Management and Compensation committees, and member of the Executive Committee. She continues to serve as an Honorary Trustee.
Zane began her health care career as a practicing speech-language pathologist, working at Lawrence General Hospital and Morton Hospital in Taunton. She then advanced to a series of administrative positions at Morton until she was tapped to become CEO of Quincy Hospital.
Zane holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine: assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research, and assistant professor of Public Health & Community Medicine. She also is an adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Previously, she was a distinguished guest lecturer in health care administration at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.
She currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees at George Washington University, and chairs the Board of Wellforce (parent board of Tufts Medical Center). Previously, she was a member of the Board of Overseers at the Tufts University School of Medicine, chair of the board of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, trustee of Northeastern University, director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and member of the Board of Governors at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. She also serves as a director of several publicly traded companies, including Boston Scientific, Brooks Automation, Parexel International, and Press Ganey, and was a former director of Lincare Holdings and Variagenics, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts biotech company focused on pharmacogenomics.
Zane has received numerous awards and honors, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the March of Dimes, the Heroes in Health Care Award from the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston & Affiliates, and the New England Women’s Leadership Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the American College of Healthcare Executives of Massachusetts, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Boston Business Journal.
Zane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University, and a Master of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, both in speech-language pathology and audiology. She also holds certification as a professional director from the American College of Corporate Directors. She has received honorary degrees from Bentley University, Stonehill College, and Curry College.