Joan Leiman, PhD

Special Advisor

Joan Leiman, who assists the Schwartz Center in expanding its presence and influence in the New York City metropolitan area, has extensive experience in health care and health policy. She served for 11 years as chief of staff to the president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Healthcare System. Prior to assuming this position, she served for 16 years as executive deputy vice president for the health sciences at Columbia University, responsible for administration of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University’s Health Sciences Division. She also managed the medical school’s affiliation with Harlem Hospital.

In addition to her work with the Schwartz Center, she currently directs and teaches a course that offers consulting experience to students earning degrees in health policy and management from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and is on the steering committee of the Health Policy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian.

Dr. Leiman is a member of the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and founding chairman of its Section on Health Care Delivery. She is on the board of Public Health Solutions, a public health organization that combines research and service, and is a past board member of the New York Women’s Forum, the Health Care Executive Forum and the Hadassah Foundation. In the 1990s, she served as executive director of the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on Women’s Health.

Early in her career, she held several positions in New York City government including assistant budget director and special assistant to the Mayor. Along with a number of colleagues, she established the Fred Hayes Prize, which is awarded annually to emerging leaders in New York City government who have made innovative contributions to public service. The award honors the memory and work of the late Frederick O’Reilly Hayes, former budget director for the City of New York.

A Phi Beta Kappa and Durant Scholar graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Leiman received a master’s degree in public law and government from Columbia University and a doctorate in political science, also from Columbia. She has been published in the Columbia Law Review; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Journal of Women’s Health; and Journal of Adolescent Medicine and has co-authored a number of monographs in women’s health.