Kate Walsh

President & CEO, Boston Medical Center

Kate Walsh became the President and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) on March 1, 2010.

BMC is a private, not-for-profit 496-bed, academic medical center with a community-based focus. The primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, BMC has approximately 4,500 employees, 1,200 physicians, and an annual operating budget of roughly $1 billion. BMC is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, and 14 community health centers. Boston HealthNet is an integrated health care delivery system whose partners provide outreach, prevention, primary care, specialty care, and dental services at sites throughout Boston's neighborhoods and Quincy. In addition to the Medical Center and its affiliated community health centers, BMC owns and operates the BMC HealthNet Plan, a statewide Medicaid managed care organization with more than 280,000 members across the Commonwealth.

Prior to her appointment at Boston Medical Center, Ms. Walsh served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital for five years. She served previously as the chief operating officer for Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

Ms. Walsh began her career in health care as a summer intern at Brookside Health Center in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Upon finishing graduate school, she held positions in a number of New York City hospitals including Montefiore Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Saint Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. She relocated to Boston and joined Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as an Assistant General Director in medical services and was promoted to Vice President of Medical Services and Primary Care and then to Senior Vice President of Medical Services and the MGH Cancer Center.

Ms. Walsh received a bachelor’s of arts degree and a master’s degree in public health from Yale University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel College, the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Council of Teaching Hospitals, and the Dean’s Council of the Yale University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the Health Care Institute, and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.