Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD
Dr. Feinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its two supporting organizations, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF). Appointed the Foundation’s first CEO in 1990, she has made JHF and PRHI a leading voice in patient safety, healthcare quality, delivery and payment system redesign, and workforce alignment. When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices and safety in health care through the use of industrial engineering principles. PRHI was a forerunner in adapting those principles to health care. Dr. Feinstein also founded Health Careers Futures to assist the healthcare industry in attracting, preparing and retaining employees.
She has served on numerous nonprofit and for-profit boards, has previously held executive posts at other nonprofits, including United Way, and served on the faculties of Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She also is a Past President of Grantmakers In Health and was the editor of the Urban and Social Change Review. Dr. Feinstein earned her bachelor’s degree at Brown University, her master’s at Boston College and her doctorate at Brandeis University.
Princeton Conference XVII: May 20, 2010