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

May 8, 2017

New York

Dr. Laura Forese

Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, has been named among the top 25 COOs in the country by Modern Healthcare. The inaugural list recognizes COOs from a broad spectrum of healthcare organizations who have made a transformative impact on their respective institutions.

“NewYork-Presbyterian would not be where it is today if not for Dr. Forese’s exceptional vision, work ethic and judgment,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian. “I am proud to work alongside her as we deliver world-class care to a growing number of patients.”

Modern Healthcare determined its list based on criteria including scope of duties, quality of patient care, staff satisfaction and the COO’s ability to foster innovation and cross-departmental synergies. The list was created to recognize the increasingly important role COOs play in healthcare.

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 six-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 Medical Center, 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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