Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, senior vice president and vice dean, chief of hospital operations, is responsible for ensuring the highest quality and safety of patient care and fully integrating the operations of all patient care activity at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Birnbaum is the executive sponsor of the institution’s Lean Six Sigma management initiative and sets the strategic direction for the implementation of key elements of healthcare reform. He also directed the deployment and implementation of Epic, the Medical Center’s integrated electronic health records system, and leads the institution’s efforts to provide weekend elective services, including outpatient surgeries. Additionally, Dr. Birnbaum oversees the operational planning for the construction of the Kimmel Pavilion, a new, 800,000-square foot clinical facility that will integrate seamlessly with Tisch Hospital and is expected to open in 2017.
An abdominal radiologist and CT expert, Dr. Birnbaum is a fellow of the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance and recipient of this society’s prestigious Hounsfield Award for his research on CT reconstruction algorithms. He is a former associate editor of Radiology, the premier imaging journal, and has authored over 80 peer-reviewed research publications, reviews, and chapters, and the textbook, Clinical Imaging of the Small Intestine. Dr. Birnbaum received his BA in biology, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University, and his MD from NYU School of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his medicine internship, radiology residency, and abdominal imaging fellowship at NYU Langone Medical Center in 1988 and was a member of the NYU Langone Department of Radiology faculty until 1993, when he became the chief of computed tomography at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Birnbaum returned to NYU Langone Medical Center in 2001, when he became vice chair of clinical affairs and operations and chief of service in the Department of Radiology, a role he held until assuming his current position.