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Laura Forese, MD, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare systems. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital , which is affiliated with the medical schools of Columbia and Cornell, is recognized as the #5 hospital in the country and the #1 hospital in New York by U.S. News & World Report, and a "Best Place to Work" by Forbes, Fortune, and Glassdoor.

Dr. Forese is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian's operating targets, implementing a patient-centered strategic vision, and fostering a culture of respect across the enterprise. She championed a groundbreaking parental leave program that is the most comprehensive of its kind among New York City hospitals and healthcare systems and introduced backup child and elder care to help employees who are caring for family members. Among Dr. Forese's top priorities and accomplishments are the regionalization and standardization of financial, operational, and clinical practices across the enterprise so that every patient receives the same exceptional standard of care no matter where they go in the NewYork-Presbyterian system.

An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese is active in multiple healthcare and civic organizations. She chairs the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Research Hospital Board; she is also a Trustee of Princeton University, a board member of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and LiveOnNY, and a director of Cantel Medical. She has been named among the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain's Business, as well as the top 25 COOs in healthcare and the 50 most influential physician executives by Modern Healthcare magazine, and has been honored as Mother of the Year by the American Cancer Society.



Herbert Pardes, MD, is Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System from 1999 to 2011. Nationally recognized for his broad expertise in education, research, clinical care, and health policy, he is an ardent advocate of academic medical centers, humanistic care, and the power of technology and innovation to transform 21st-century medicine. He is a regular commentator in the national news media and other public forums.

Prior to joining the Hospital in 1999, he served as Vice President for Health Sciences at Columbia University and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and U.S. Assistant Surgeon General during the Carter and Reagan administrations and was President of the American Psychiatric Association. He was appointed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to serve on health policy commissions, including the Commission on Systemic Interoperability and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.


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Richard Isaacson, MD, serves as Director of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program, Assistant Dean of Faculty Development, and Associate Professor of Neurology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He previously served as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Vice Chair of Education, and Education Director of the McKnight Brain Institute in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School and his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Dr. Isaacson is the author of numerous publications, his research in neurology and medical education has been presented at scientific meetings nationally and internationally, and he was awarded the American Academy of Neurology's 2009 A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award. He is also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.


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Nicole Lamanna, MD, serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine on the Leukemia Service for the Hematologic Malignancies Section in the Hematology/Oncology Division at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Lamanna specializes in the treatment of adult patients with acute and chronic leukemias. Her area of clinical expertise is in treatment of patients with lymphoid leukemias, specifically chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and is the Director of the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Program. She has lectured at international and national meetings and has published in various scientific journals, including Blood, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Lamanna earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at NYU Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. She then completed her fellowship in hematology-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she also served as Chief Fellow.


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Katherine L. Heilpern, MD, is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In this role, Dr. Heilpern manages and directs daily operations, including the cost, quality, and delivery of services for NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, and is accountable for NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. Dr. Heilpern has more than 25 years of experience in emergency medicine and academic healthcare. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2018 from Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare, where she served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and held several other key leadership roles, including Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Interim Chair of the Emory Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In 2007, she was appointed the Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, overseeing five metro Atlanta emergency departments with more than 350,000 patient visits per year. Prior to joining Emory, she served as a medical officer with the Indian Health Service, stationed at Fort Defiance on the Navajo reservation. Board-certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine, Dr. Heilpern earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed her postgraduate training at Temple University School of Medicine. She served as a member the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Strategic National Stockpile, and two terms as a board member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on the Health of Select Populations. She also served as president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and is the recipient of many awards.


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Gail Saltz, MD, is best known for her work as a relationship, sexual, and mental health/wellness contributor in the media and frequently shares her expertise and commentary on the mental health aspects of current issues and news. She is an Associate Attending Psychiatrist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Psychoanalyst with the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. Dr. Saltz appears regularly on CNN, HLN, The Early Show on CBS, and Good Morning America. She is a bestselling author of numerous books, including The Ripple Effect: How Better Sex Can Lead to a Better Life, writes a regular column for U.S. News and World Report, and is a podcast host as well as host of a long-running series titled “Psychobiography” at the 92Y in New York City. Dr. Saltz also serves as a medical expert for the Physicians for Human Rights.


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