Leonard G. Feld, MD, PhD, has been a senior healthcare executive for more than 25 years with leadership roles at four health systems on the East Coast. Over the years, he has also supported the successful opening of two children’s hospitals. He works with hospital leaders on strategies to improve clinical, financial, and operational outcomes and efficiency.
Dr. Feld was recruited to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to be the first president of the new physician organization, Pediatric Specialists of America. In this role, he worked to recruit medical and surgical specialists to deliver care throughout South Florida, as well as provide strategic direction around regional growth, marketing, telemedicine programs, information systems, and operational efficiency, including quality of care metrics to support each discipline.
Prior to moving to Miami, Dr. Feld was the Senior Medical Director and Senior Academic Chairman for Pediatrics for the Levine Children’s Hospital and Carolinas Healthcare System (now Atrium Health). He was the first Chief Medical Officer for the new Levine Children’s Hospital. In these roles, he recruited more than 100 physicians and assisted in achieving the US News and World Report ranking for the Levine Children’s Hospital as well as aligning the physician strategy for the pediatric enterprise.
Dr. Feld also established the Center for Advancing Pediatric Excellence, which was the first physician and hospital based program for improving the quality and safety of children. The work with residents on quality improvement received recognition by the Children’s Hospital Association in 2015. A significant part of his work at Atrium was to reduce healthcare costs, improve access to care/patient experience, and reach the highest quality outcomes. He also implemented the first pediatric telemedicine program for hospital medicine, critical care, and neonatology. Additionally, Dr. Feld was involved in implementing the electronic health record system for pediatrics.
Dr. Feld joined the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey in 1997 as the first system chair of pediatrics and physician-in-chief. In addition to recruiting nearly 100 physicians, his main focus was leading the design and building of the Goryeb Children’s Hospital and the pediatric outpatient center. He was also the Medical Director or the Grants and Research for the System and oversaw the pediatric residency program. At Atlantic, he was awarded the Augusta Stone Award from the Morristown Health Foundation for his work on philanthropy.
Dr. Feld has served on Board of Directors of the Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey for the past decade. He is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and oversees the Professional Advisory Committee for the Board. He also served as a Board member of the Holding Company for Horizon. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the NASCAR Foundation and the Randolph Community Foundtion..
Over his academic career, he has been Professor of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, UNDNJ Newark School of Medicine, University of North Carolina’s at Chapel Hill and Florida International University School of Medicine. His main area of research was kidney disease and diabetes. He has edited a number of books for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the monograph on Pediatric Quality for Pediatric Clinics of North America. He designed the AAP New York/ New Jersey Pediatric Board Review Course, the Southeast Pediatric Board Review Course and the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology Board Review Course.
Dr. Feld received his MD and PhD from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, his pediatric training at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center/ Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in pediatric nephrology and his Masters in Medical Management (MMM) from Carnegie Mellon University H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. He is also a Certified Physician Executive by the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Feld has been a recognized leader in developing physician organizations, children’s hospitals, improving the quality of outpatient and inpatient care, initiating patient experience programs, expanding medical education residency programs, implementing telemedicine and information systems, developing strategy, and managing financial operations. He develops strong collaborative relationships, works as a system innovative leader, and understands the importance of brand-equity.