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Karen Teitelbaum, MM

President and CEO
Sinai Health System

Teitelbaum is the president and CEO of Sinai Health System, an urban, teaching health care system comprising four hospitals, an epidemiological research institute focusing on health care disparities, a community institute, more than 800 medical staff members, and 4,000 employees.  Sinai, Chicago’s largest safetynet system, has achieved national recognition in quality while reducing costs by millions of dollars due to greater efficiency and management of population health.     

She serves on the boards of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, The Kennedy Forum Illinois, Women in Health-Life Sciences, and the David Lynch Foundation Advisory Council. She has previously been a board member of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Family Health Network, the Theraplay Institute, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation, and the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. She served on the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access for Vulnerable Communities and the American Hospital Association Council on Maternal Fetal Health, and she chaired the building committee for a federally qualified health center.  She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Standard Club of Chicago.  

Teitelbaum was named among “Notable Women in Healthcare” by Crain’s Chicago Business in June 2018; was the Weizmann Institute 2018 Women of Science Honoree; received the 2017 National Medical Fellowship Leadership in Healthcare Award; and has been named among “130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” and “Leaders of Chicago Healthcare” by Beckers Hospital ReviewShe has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in managed care and marketing and strategy for nonprofit organizations and is a frequently requested national speaker on health care delivery topics, such as population health management in an urban environment.  

She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University. 



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