Dean M. Harrison
President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Dean M. Harrison is President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; the parent corporation of Northwestern Memorial Hospital including its Prentice Women’s Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Foundation. Before joining Northwestern Memorial in July of 1998, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Chicago Health System.
As the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial and Feinberg have developed Northwestern Medicine, a joint strategic plan to become a Top 10 Academic Medical Center by 2020. Under the Northwestern Medicine strategic plan, the medical school and health system will align to create one of the nation’s safest hospitals, advance new knowledge that accelerates novel discoveries that bring treatments and cures to patients faster and become one of the most sought-after teaching programs for the next generation of physicians, healthcare professionals and scientists.
Mr. Harrison has been honored by B’nai B’rith International with the National Healthcare Award in 2008 and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and the Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Council with the 2010 CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence Award for Diversity.
Mr. Harrison currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Illinois Hospital Association, Member Board of Directors of the University HealthSystem Consortium, Board of Directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Board of Directors of World Business Chicago, Board of Directors of the Executive’s Cluband is a special advisor to Merrick Ventures. He is a former Chairman of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council Board of Directors. He is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago, The Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the Business Leadership Group for Workforce Chicago 2.0.
Mr. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Francis College.