Dr. Craig Albanese Appointed Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

May 31, 2016

Dr. Craig Albanese

Dr. Craig Albanese has been appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women, effective June 6. Dr. Albanese currently serves as the vice president of quality and performance improvement at Stanford Children’s Health.  He also serves as the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn director of pediatric surgical services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and is a professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University Medical Center.

In his new role, Dr. Albanese will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, New York City’s only freestanding pediatric hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women are affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center, one of the nation’s top academic medical education institutions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Albanese to NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “He brings an outstanding track record of advancing pediatric care through emphasizing compassion, innovation and overall medical excellence.”

“NewYork-Presbyerian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Sloane Hospital for Women are world-class pediatric and women’s hospitals that have been responsible for so many breakthroughs in care since their establishment,” said Dr. Albanese. “I’m honored to be joining such an amazing team and to be part of the NewYork-Presbyterian family.”

Dr. Albanese is a seasoned physician executive, having spent the last 14 years as part of Stanford Children’s executive leadership team. His expertise is in management/improvement science and operations. He has published a best-selling book on improvement science in healthcare entitled, “Advanced Lean in Healthcare.” Dr. Albanese and his team established an organization-wide management system at Stanford that enabled the sustainment of vast improvements in quality, safety and service, while concomitantly developing the improvement capability of frontline providers and managers. Dr. Albanese has also been actively involved in securing major philanthropic gifts for the various capital campaigns.

After receiving his medical degree from SUNY-Health Science Center in Brooklyn, Dr. Albanese was a resident, and later, chief resident in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Following his residency, he completed pediatric general surgery and critical care/research fellowships at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also holds a master’s in business administration from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. In addition to Stanford Children’s Health, Dr. Albanese has had faculty appointments and leadership roles at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of California, San Francisco. He has published more than 160 peer reviewed articles, was an NIH-funded investigator, and was the program director for Stanford’s pediatric general surgery fellowship.


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