HLNY’s 14th Annual Cocktails with the Chiefs

  • January 14, 2021
  • 6-7:30PM
  • Zoom Webinar
Registration form below. Recording will be provided to all registrants. 


Kick-start the new year inspired by the career journeys of an esteemed panel of healthcare executives who will share how their unique backgrounds influenced their leadership styles in leading their organizations. Join us in a discussion to collectively uncover and innovate ways to incorporate our diverse experiences more fully in leadership roles to impact organizations, systems, and communities for the greater good of patient care.

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. 


6:00-7:00 PM Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 PM Q&A


Ruth Gotian, Ed.D., MS
Chief Learning Officer
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes where she writes about ‘optimizing success’.

During her extensive career, she has personally coached and mentored thousands of people ranging from undergraduates to faculty members.  As Assistant Dean for Mentoring she oversaw the success of nearly 1,800 faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine. Currently, she researches the most successful people of our generation, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, Fortune 500 CEOs and Olympians, in order to learn about their habits and practices so that we may optimize our own success.



Arthur Gianelli, MA, MBA, MPH
President, Mount Sinai Morningside
Chief Transformation Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

As Chief Transformation Officer, Mr. Gianelli partners with leaders across the Mount Sinai Health System to transform organizational culture, implement best practices, and instill key behaviors to drive improvements in patient experience. Efforts to transform organizational culture include launching a series of learning academies and spreading the utilization of lean across the Mount Sinai Health System.

During his tenure as President of Mount Sinai Morningside, Mr. Gianelli introduced a lean daily management system which has driven significant improvements in patient experience, quality and safety measures; shepherded a transformative capital improvement plan; and worked with clinical leadership to grow programs in cardiology and cardiac surgery, medical and surgical oncology, orthopedic trauma, neurosurgery, bariatric surgery, and geriatrics.


Juan Mejia, MPH
SVP & Chief Operating Officer
New York Presbyterian/ Lower Manhattan Hospital

Juan Mejia, M.P.H., is Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NYP Lower Manhattan. In this role, he manages day-to-day operations, oversees operating and capital budgets, and implements clinical strategy. Since joining NewYork-Presbyterian in 2003, Mr. Mejia has served in several roles including Revenue Manager and Director of Clinical Operations at NYP Milstein, Director of the Gastrointestinal Service Line at NYP/Columbia, and Vice President of Operations at NYP Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Operations for NYP/Weill Cornell. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, he was a consultant for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where he worked closely with community-based organizations to reduce infant mortality. 


Machelle Allen, MD
SVP & Chief Medical Officer
NYC Health + Hospitals

Machelle Allen, M.D., is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. Dr. Allen previously served as the health system’s interim CMO since June 2016 and, prior to that, as Deputy Chief Medical Officer since October 2013. A longstanding veteran of our health system, she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, worked as an attending physician at Harlem and Bellevue hospitals, and served as the Associate Medical Director at Bellevue until 2013.


Richard Park, MD
CEO, Rendr Care
Founder CityMD
Co-founder and Managing Partner Ascend Capital

Richard Park

Richard Park, MD is a health care investor, entrepreneur and board-certified emergency medicine physician.  In 2010, He founded and led as CEO, CityMD, an urgent care practice with over 130 locations and 650 physicians in the Greater New York area.  In 2019, CityMD merged with Summit Medical Group and expanded to over 200 locations and 1500 physicians in 70 medical and surgical specialties.  He is co-founder with his business partner In Seon Hwang, of Ascend Capital Partners, a middle market growth private equity fund investing in healthcare service providers. Currently, Dr. Park is also CEO of a multispecialty practice serving the Asian-American community called Rendr Care. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and was Chief Resident at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. As Associate Director of the residency program in NS-LIJ’s emergency department, he received the Teaching Attending of the Year Award in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and then a system-wide award in 2007.


ACHE Qualified Education Credits:

As an independent chartered chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York is authorized to award 1.5 hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. After the event, you may claim ACHE Qualified Education Credits through logging into your ACHE account (ACHE.org) –> My ACHE –> Helpful Links –> My Education Credit.


This, and all our programs and events are made possible by the generosity of our 2020-2021 HLNY Corporate Sponsors who are ardent supporters of the healthcare executive profession.



For those of you who may not be familiar with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), you may peruse their site here: www.ache.org. Healthcare Leaders of New York is the official New York local chapter of ACHE, and the largest in the country! HLNY hosts keynote events like the upcoming Cocktails with the Chiefs, which are free to current ACHE members and $10 for non-members, still a great value! Registrants, regardless of ACHE membership status will get access to the full recording.

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