Steven Safyer was named president and chief executive officer of 1,002-bed Montefiore Medical Center, New York. He will succeed Spencer Foreman, a healthcare industry statesman who is retiring on Jan. 7, 2008, after nearly 22 years as its president.
Like Foreman, Safyer, 58, is a physician who has held increasingly senior leadership positions throughout his 25-year career at Montefiore, the university hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Since 1998, he has been senior vice president and chief medical officer and is also a professor of medicine and epidemiology and population health at Einstein. In 2006, he was named founding chairman of the Bronx Regional Health Information Organization, an independent, not-for-profit community-based organization formed to build a technology-based regional health information exchange.
Sayfer pledged a more integrated, strategic alignment with Einstein. He received his bachelor of science degree from Cornell University, his medical degree from Albert Einstein, and is board-certified in internal medicine. Safyer was selected after an eight-month national search. -- by Cinda Becker