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Kathleen Elizabeth Walsh, ’77 B.A., ’79 M.P.H.


Kate Walsh is president and chief executive officer of Boston Medical Center (BMC), a private, not-for-profit academic medical center that disproportionately serves low-income patients and anchors the BMC Health System with an operating revenue of $2.8 billion.

Kathleen Elizabeth Walsh, ’77 B.A., ’79 M.P.H.

In her role, Ms. Walsh leads the BMC and the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, which provides health insurance and access to care to nearly three hundred thousand low-income individuals. In partnership with the dean of the Boston University School of Medicine, she oversees the school’s faculty practice plan. After earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Yale, Ms. Walsh served in a variety of positions in New York City hospitals. She returned to her home city of Boston in 1988, first as an assistant general director in medical services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). During a fourteen-year tenure at MGH she advanced twice, ultimately becoming senior vice president of medical services and of the MGH Cancer Center. Prior to her current role, Ms. Walsh served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham Health and as chief operating officer of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. She is chair of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems for the Association of American Medical Colleges and previously served as chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. She is also a director of the Boston Public Health Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Pine Street Inn, a Boston-based organization that supports and advocates for homeless individuals. Ms. Walsh has served on the University Council and was a non-trustee member of the Yale Corporation Committee on the School of Medicine prior to her election as an alumni fellow in 2017.