Get to Know the CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health Network

Posted on: April 28, 2015

He was told he’d never go to college. Now he’s CEO of an $8 billion health system.

This interview with Michael Dowling, the President and CEO of North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, was conducted by Eric Larsen, managing partner at Advisory Board Company, and condensed by Amanda Wolfe, senior director.

Question: You’ve been here at North Shore-LIJ since 1995, and the path you took to get here is fascinating. If my research is correct, Michael, you have traversed, I think, a half a dozen different professions, including in the engine of a ship …

Q: Cleaning bars …

Dowling: Right.

Q: School custodian …

Dowling: Right.

Q: DockĀ  worker …

Dowling: Right.

Q: Steel mill worker …

Dowling: In England.

Q: And then, of course, we’re not even talking about your 12-year stint with the government and with insurance. I’d love for you to reflect a bit on your journey.

Dowling: It has been a fascinating journey — one I would never have fully anticipated. I have been very lucky and quite fortunate. Read the interview on Advisory Board Company