Public Health and Health Planning Council Membership


Member Seat Category County
Jeffrey A. Kraut
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Analytics
Associate Dean, Strategic Planning
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D.
Vice Chair
Vice Chair
Public Health Practice
New York
Howard S. Berliner, SC.D.
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy
Milano Graduate School, New School University
Labor Organization for health care employees New York
Lawrence E. Eisenstein, MD, MPH, FACP
Catholic Health
Vice President, Chief Community and Public Health Officer
Hospital/ Nursing Home Nassau
Lindsay C. Farrell, MBA, FACMPE
President and CEO
Open Door Family Medical Centers
Clinical & Administrative Aspects of Health Care Delivery Westchester
Marcus Friedrich, MD, MHCM, MBA, FACP
Chief Medical Officer, Empire Plan, New York State
UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual/ National Accounts
Health Care Payor Albany
Thomas Holt
President and CEO
Lutheran Social Service Group, Inc
Nursing Home Chautauqua
Gary Kalkut, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Network Integration and Associate Chief Clinical Officer
NYU Langone Medical Center
Hospital New York
Scott P. La Rue, MBA, RD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Nursing Home New York
Harvey Lawrence
President and Chief Executive Officer
BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers
Diagnostic and Treatment Center Kings
Sabina Lim, M.D.
System Vice President, Behavioral Health Safety and Quality
System Medical Director, Regulatory and Government Affair
Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mount Sinai Health System
Behavioral Health Services Council New York
Michelle T. Mazzacco
Executive Vice President, Continuing Care Network
St. Peter's Health Partners
Home Health Care Agency Rensselaer
Ann F. Monroe Health Care Consumer Advocacy Provider Erie
Stanfort J. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
AHRC Nassau
Public Health Practice Nassau
Mario R. Ortiz, R.N. Ph.D., F.A.A.N.
Dean and Professor
Binghamton University, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Clinical and Administrative Aspects of Health Care Delivery Broome
Peter G. Robinson, M.P.H.
University of Rochester
Vice President Government and Community Relations
University of Rochester Medical Center
Hospital Monroe
John Rugge, M.D.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network
Physician/Health Care Provider Warren
Denise Soffel, Ph.D. Health Care Consumer Advocacy Provider New York
Nilda I. Soto, MS Ed Health Care Delivery
(Formerly Health Equity Council Chair – Candidate identified)
Hugh Thomas, Esq. Regulatory Compliance Monroe
Anderson Torres, Ph.D., LCSW-R
President and CEO
Public Health System Bronx
Kevin Watkins, M.D., M.P.H.
Public Health Director
Cattaraugus County Health Department
Public Health Practice Cattaraugus
Wendy C. Wilcox, M.D. MPH, MBA, FACOG
Chief Women's Health Officer
Office of Medical and Professional Affairs
NYC Health + Hospitals
Women's Health Service Provider New York
Patsy Yang, Dr.P.H.
Senior Vice President
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Correctional Health Services
Public Health Practice/Public Health System New York
Dr. James McDonald, Acting Commissioner of Health Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Albany
Vacancy Behavioral Health Services Council
Vacancy Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center

Process for Filling Vacancies

Vacancies resulting from a Council member's resignation shall be filled with candidates who meet the requirements of the membership as provided for in Public Health Law § 220.

Candidates interested in the vacancy process can reach out to:

Expenses and Reimbursement Information

Public Health Law § 223 The members of the Public Health and Health Planning Council other than the Commissioner of Health shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties. The NYSDOH reimburses members' travel expenses at standard government rates.