Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH
President and CEO
With an extensive background in health care management, policy, and public health, Dr. Siegel has the blend of experience necessary to lead America’s Essential Hospitals and its members through the changing health care landscape and into a sustainable future. America’s Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems) is the only national organization representing hospitals committed to caring for the uninsured and other vulnerable people. The association works to preserve and protect these organizations, which form the foundation of a strong, vibrant health system for all members of society.
Since joining America’s Essential Hospitals in 2010, Dr. Siegel has guided the association toward realizing its strategic vision of helping members transform into integrated delivery systems and leaders in access and quality. America’s Essential Hospitals also works to secure sustainable funding for essential hospitals, which fill a safety net role in their communities. Dr. Siegel has helped shape the association’s work in advocacy, member support, and quality. He led the launch of the Transformation Center, a catalyst for innovative change to improve quality and safety and a part of the Essential Hospitals Institute, the association’s research arm. With Dr. Siegel’s leadership, America’s Essential Hospitals established the nation’s first safety net quality network under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients. Through this Essential Hospitals Engagement Network, association members collaborate to improve safety and help eliminate care disparities for vulnerable patients.
Dr. Siegel’s intimate knowledge of member needs comes in part from his direct experience in this sector. He previously served as president and CEO of two member systems: New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and Tampa General Healthcare. His hands-on member experience provided a lens through which to view his research and policy work as director of the Center for Health Care Quality and professor of health policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, where he served just before joining America’s Essential Hospitals. Dr. Siegel also served as New Jersey’s commissioner of health.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Siegel led groundbreaking work on quality and equity for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as projects for the Commonwealth Fund, the California Endowment, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is current chair of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, and a member of the National Quality Forum board. Modern Healthcare named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives” in 2012 and 2013. He also was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2013.
Dr. Siegel earned an AB from Princeton University, a doctor of medicine from Cornell University Medical College, and a master of public health from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.