NewYork-Presbyterian’s Dr. Laura Forese Named to Modern Healthcare’s 2018 List of Top Healthcare COOs

May 18, 2018

New York

Dr. Laura Forese

Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, has once again been selected as one of the top 25 COOs in the country by Modern Healthcare. This distinguished list recognizes COOs from a wide range of healthcare organizations whose leadership has been pivotal in growing their respective institutions and who have made a sustained contribution to the healthcare industry.

“Dr. Forese is a truly extraordinary leader whose fortitude, intelligence and vision has taken NewYork-Presbyterian to new heights,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. “This recognition is a testament to her exceptional leadership, and I am proud to work alongside her as we deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.”

Modern Healthcare determined its list based on criteria that includes scope of duties, financial and operational responsibilities, and how the COO has moved the strategies of the organization forward. Judges examined how the COO worked to establish synergies across multiple departments and programs, as well as a culture of innovation and transformation within the organization.

Dr. Forese was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets and implementing a patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. Under her leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian has expanded its Regional Hospital Network, improved in several important patient experience metrics and launched groundbreaking digital health programs. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, a seven-campus academic medical center, has been the top-ranked hospital in New York and among the best in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report since she has been in her current position.

Dr. Forese has been in leadership roles at NewYork-Presbyterian for more than a decade, starting as vice president of medical affairs in 2003. Since then, she has served as chief medical officer; group senior vice president and chief operating officer for NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division and NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital; and president of the former NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. In addition to her work at NewYork-Presbyterian, she is the chairperson of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Hospital Board.


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic healthcare delivery systems, whose organizations are dedicated to providing the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to patients in the New York metropolitan area, nationally, and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research and innovative, patient-centered clinical care.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions:

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the Honor Roll of “America’s Best Hospitals.”
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network comprises hospitals and other facilities in the New York metropolitan region.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, which connects medical experts with patients in their communities.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health,encompassing ambulatory care network sites and community healthcare initiatives, including NewYork Quality Care, the Accountable Care Organization jointly established by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia.

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