The Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership was created to recognize individuals who have had a positive impact on their communities, who embody the broad Aspen Institute ideal of values-based leadership, and who have exemplified this ideal in innovative ways that can serve as models for other leaders. The 2021 Preston Robert Tisch Award honors Dr. Mitchell Katz, MD, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.
Join us for a livestreamed program conversation moderated by Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News.
Dr. Mitchell Katz, MD
President and CEO
Dr. Katz is the President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal health care system in the United States. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Katz provided strategic guidance to Mayor Bill de Blasio, while directing the public health system’s response to the surge of patients that peaked to a maximum of 3,700 patients and tripled ICU capacity across its hospitals. NYC Health + Hospitals became the trusted care provider for thousands of New Yorkers, led the city’s Test and Trace operation, and administered more than 1.3 million COVID-19 vaccines. Previously, Dr. Katz served as Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, and as Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years.
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD
Kaiser Health News
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, is the author of the 2017 New York Times bestseller, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back.” She is editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent non-profit newsroom based in Washington DC, focusing on health and health policy, which is part of the Kaiser Family Foundation. She is also an award-winning Opinions contributor to the New York Times and other media outlets. Before coming to KHN in 2016, she spent 22 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior writer at the New York Times. Her 2013-14 New York Times series, “Paying Till it Hurts,” won numerous awards and is credited with catalyzing a national conversation on America’s high-priced health care. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, she worked as an emergency room physician before converting to full-time journalism.