Bruce C. Vladeck

Senior Advisor, Greater New York Hospital Association and LiveOnNY; Chairman Emeritus, Medicare Rights Center

Bruce Vladeck

Bruce C. Vladeck currently serves as a senior advisor to the Greater New York Hospital Association and LiveOnNY, and as a consultant to numerous health care organizations. He is chairman emeritus of the board of Medicare Rights Center and serves on the boards of Penn Medicine and the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.

During his professional career, Dr. Vladeck held several senior positions, including:

  • Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Health (1979-1982);
  • President, United Hospital Fund (1983-1993);
  • Administrator, Health Care Financing Administration (1993-1997);
  • Senior Vice President, Mount Sinai Medical Center (1998-2003); and
  • Interim President, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (2006-2007).

At the Health Care Financing Administration, Dr. Vladeck was the principal federal official responsible for Medicare and Medicaid; of his many accomplishments in that position, he is proudest of refocusing the organization on services to beneficiaries.

He has also been a member of the full-time faculty at Columbia University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine and has held adjunct appointments at Rutgers, Princeton, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Vladeck also served as a trustee or director of many organizations, including New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Ascension Health, the Hadassah Hospital, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Care for the Homeless, the Primary Care Development Corporation; and the March of Dimes.

Dr. Vladeck received his BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is the author of Unloving Care: The Nursing Home Tragedy (Basic Books, 1980), still considered the standard reference on nursing home policy in the United States, and of more than one hundred articles in the professional literature.