John W. Rowe, MD

Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Dr. John Rowe joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2007.

Dr. Rowe is the Julius B. Richmond Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  From 2000 until his retirement in late 2006, Dr. Rowe served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care and related benefits organizations.  Before his tenure at Aetna, from 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic health care organizations. From 1988 to 1998, prior to the Mount Sinai-NYU Health merger, Dr. Rowe was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. He has authored over 200 scientific publications, mostly on the physiology of the aging process, including a leading textbook of geriatric medicine, in addition to more recent publications on health care policy.  Dr. Rowe has received many honors and awards for his research and health policy efforts regarding care of the elderly. He was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and is co-author, with Robert Kahn, PhD, of Successful Aging (Pantheon, 1998). Currently, Dr. Rowe leads the MacArthur Foundation’s Network on An Aging Society and chairs the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans.

He has served as president of the Gerontological Society of America and chaired the Committee of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences on The Future Health Care Workforce Needs of An Aging Population. Dr. Rowe was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. In addition to serving on the Rockefeller Foundation board, he is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and is a former member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).