Dr. Berkowitz has over 25 years experience in health care executive management, speaking and consulting.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Berkowitz is the Founder and President of SMB Health Consulting, specializing in assisting physicians and hospitals with clinical/ operational performance improvement, strategic planning and leadership development. He has worked with over 150 clients in all 50 states.

Previously, for 13 years he was Chief Medical Officer for St. David’s Healthcare, a six-hospital system in Austin, Texas, as well as Division Chief Medical Officer for HCA, which also included facilities in El Paso. As a member of the senior executive team, he had the overall responsibility of clinical outcomes improvement, physician development, strategic planning, and medical management for the Division. During this time he directed the implementation of numerous initiatives and programs to improve the system’s clinical effectiveness. St. David’s mortality index and CMS core measures are now among the best in the nation. STEMI times have reached national best practice levels, and SDH has been recognized at both the state and national levels for patient care quality and performance excellence. In 2008 St. David’s received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence. St. David's was the 2014 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige Award. He was also Chairman of Capital Area Providers, a 5.01-(a) Texas medical foundation with over 850 physicians.

Prior to this position, Dr. Berkowitz was the National Practice Leader for Physician Services with the HayGroup, assisting over 75 major healthcare clients throughout the USA and Canada in the areas of strategic development, physician integration, physician compensation, and medical practice management. He was a senior executive for Harris Methodist Health System serving as Medical Director of the HMO and Chief Medical Officer for the integrated delivery system. He began his administrative career as Medical/Executive director for The Travelers Health Network in Phoenix, Arizona.

He was recently appointed Chairman of the Board of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency by Governor Perry. He also sits on the Board of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. He has been on the Board of the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Health Care Information Council, and the Texas Association of Health Care Quality.

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Dr. Berkowitz has over 25 years experience in health care executive management and consulting.

Speaker Topics

  • Consumerism and Retail Health Care
  • Future of Health Care
  • Governance
  • Health Care Reform
  • Hospital/Physician Relations and Clinical Integration
  • Information Technology and Data Analytics
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Legal Issues and Ethics
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Performance Improvement
  • Population Health
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Service Excellence
  • Strategic Planning

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator