Steven J. Corwin

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BSM, Feinberg School of Medicine, 1977
MD, Feinberg School of Medicine, 1979

Alumni Merit Award Winner


As a native of White Plains, New York, Steven Corwin’s first experience away from home was attending Northwestern. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 and completed the six-year honors medical program in 1979, graduating summa cum laude.

“My two years as a Northwestern undergraduate were phenomenal,” Steven says. “As a member of FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) fraternity, I had a great socializing experience. My years downtown at the medical school were terrific, as well.”

Steven followed up his college experience with an impressive career in medicine and health care management. In 2011, he was named Chief Executive Officer of New York-Presbyterian Hospital — the same hospital where he started his internal medicine residency and cardiology training in 1979, and where he has worked ever since. His responsibilities now include developing the Hospital’s capital and fundraising plan, advocating for academic medicine under health care reform, and collaborating with the Hospital’s medical school partners and health care system.

Steven had been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Hospital since 2005, overseeing day-to-day operations across five campuses. Key accomplishments under his leadership include improvements in quality and safety, improved patient and employee satisfaction, and a top-six national ranking for the hospital.

His success should be no surprise given how he excelled as a Northwestern student, graduating in the Alpha Omega Alpha honors society.

“The six-year program in medicine gave me the foundation of a great education and obviously prepared me for a career as a physician,” Steven says. “My preparation at Northwestern was critical to my success in residency and as a physician.”

Steven is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Committee on Quality and Outcomes, and Committee on Bioterrorism. He is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine and a senior executive forum member of the Health Management Academy. He is also an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In addition, Steven received the 2000 Hope and Heroes Award from the Children’s Hospital Fund, given for promoting excellence in pediatric oncology; the 2001 VHA Award for Clinical Quality, given for the design and implementation of an emergency department chest pain diagnosis and treatment protocol; the 2004 Physician-of-the-Year Award from the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Division of Nursing; and the 2007 Health Care Industry Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Steven and his wife, Ellen, live in New York City. They have two grown children.