L. Reuven Pasternak, M.D., MPH, MBA


L. Reuven Pasternak, M.D., MPH, MBA

Speaker Year: 2017

Commencement Speech

L. Reuven Pasternak, M.D., MPH, MBA is the CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital and Vice President for Health Systems, Stony Brook Medicine.  He oversees operations for the Stony Brook University Hospital. As Vice President for Health Systems, he has led initiatives to integrate other hospitals into Stony Brook as well as aligning with othersystems for regional and population based initiatives. In addition to Long Island based health systems, this effort includes the collaboration with the Mount Sinai Health System and the formation of a clinically integrated network to establish a common platform for research and teaching, quality, implementation of best practice guidelines, and regional planning to ensure access to the full continuum of services.

Dr. Pasternak received his BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins and MD from Duke University. After a combined residency in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the University of North Carolina, where he received his MPH, he completed a combined training in anesthesiology with a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where he served on the faculty from 1985 until 2005. At Johns Hopkins he developed the ambulatory surgical programs and led research in perioperative risk factor analysis for surgical programs. He chaired the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Preoperative assessment which has served as an international standard for assessing risk and associated testing.

In addition to his clinical and academic work, Dr. Pasternak co-led the merging of the two faculty practice plans at Johns Hopkins and continued in a leadership role of the new 1,500 multispecialty physician group as well as Vice Dean in the School of Medicine for the Bayview Campus and its clinical and academic activities. In 2005 he was the inaugural CMO for the five-hospital Greater Cincinnati Health Alliance, and in 2008 became CEO of the Inova Fairfax Hospital and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Inova Health Systems in Northern Virginia. Dr. Pasternak served in the United States Naval Medical Corps on active duty in 1990-1991 for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as six years on reserve status, retiring at the rank of Commander. In addition to his current duties for Stony Brook, he serves on several local, regional and national boards and committees dealing with health care practice and policy.