Dr. Michael Apkon, MBA, MD, PhD is the President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children.
Dr. Apkon is a physician executive and physician scientist serving in C-level leadership roles at several top academic hospitals in the United States and Canada. He has a unique perspective on both the US system and the Canadian single payer system. He has served as the CEO at Tufts Medical Center, since November 2018. In that capacity, he leads a 415 bed hospital staffed by 6,000 employees, scientists, medical staff, students and volunteers with a $1 BB budget. The Medical Center comprises a number of subsidiaries including the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), a network of 1800 physicians, as well as the Tufts Physician Organization. In addition, he serves as Executive Vice President for Wellforce Health System.
Dr. Apkon has extensive international management experience in both pediatric and adult-oriented healthcare, working with organizations and governments in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, and the Middle East as well as North America. He has consulted widely on business development, capacity development, and management systems as well as quality and safety improvement. He is an expert in strategy, systems development, and operations management, as well as the application of lean and high reliability organizational thinking to drive improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency.
In addition to deep expertise in healthcare strategy and management Dr. Apkon has considerable experience with corporate governance and with government relations. In his current role, he reports directly to the Board of Trustees and has reported to- or directly supported the governing bodies of his prior employers. He has also served as a Trustee for not-for-profit healthcare organizations and for other charitable organizations as well as serving as a Director for MaRS Innovation, a commercialization cooperative and incubator for the life sciences and technology industries in the greater Toronto area. He also serves as an advisor or director for several early-phase life sciences companies. Current and prior roles have resulted in considerable experience working with Provincial and State governments as well as with Federal and international governments.
Prior to coming to Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Apkon was the President and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto Ontario, recognized as one of the world’s top children’s hospitals and Canada’s most research-intensive hospital. Dr. Apkon has also held senior executive and academic roles at top academic health science centers including Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as well as roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Vice President for Performance Management at the Yale New Haven Health System and the Vice President/Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University’s School of Medicine and School of Management.
Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he taught healthcare management.