Leadership

Dean M. Harrison

Chief Executive Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Dean M. Harrison, Chief Executive Officer

Dean M. Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, the primary teaching affiliate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Since joining Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 1998, Mr. Harrison has been instrumental to the creation and success of Northwestern Medicine, now an integrated academic health system anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Northwestern Medicine comprises 11 hospitals, more than 200 ambulatory and diagnostic sites, and more than 5,500 physicians.

Mr. Harrison serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Medical Interoperability, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Navy Pier, Northern Trust, Northwestern University, Ravinia, and World Business Chicago. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, its Civic Committee, the Economic Club and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

Mr. Harrison has earned multiple awards, including the National Healthcare Award by B’nai B’rith International (2008); the CEO Leadership Circle of Excellence Award for Diversity by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and Chicago Minority Enterprise Development Council (2010); and the March of Dimes Healthcare Management Award (2015).

Mr. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Francis College.

Howard B. Chrisman, MD

President and Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Howard B. Chrisman, MD, President and Chief Operating OfficerHoward B. Chrisman, MD, is President and Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. Since joining the organization in 1997, he has been an active clinician and leader who now has primary responsibility for Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Chrisman initially joined Northwestern Medicine as faculty, and he remains a professor of Radiology and Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Chrisman has previously served in numerous roles at Northwestern Medicine:

  • Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations for Northwestern Medicine
  • President of Northwestern Medical Group
  • President of the South Region and Palos Health
  • Vice President of the Northwestern Medical Group Regional Medical Practice
  • Interim Chair of four different departments: Radiology, Anesthesia, Pathology and Surgery

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a Doctor of Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a Master of Business in Health Care Administration from University of Colorado. He completed residency in radiology at University of Virginia and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Chrisman has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has given multiple scientific and invited oral presentations. He remains clinically active with primary expertise in treating fibroid disease using endovascular techniques.

John A. Orsini

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

John A. Orsini Senior Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerAs Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, John A. Orsini has proven expertise in the strategic financial management of multi-hospital health systems and has more than 30 years of healthcare finance experience. Mr. Orsini assumed his current role after the 2014 merger of Northwestern Medicine and Cadence Health, where he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Cadence Health, Mr. Orsini was the Chief Financial Officer of Presence Health, a 12-hospital system created by the merger of Resurrection Health Care and Provena Health. During his tenure there, he made significant contributions to the financial strength of the organization, including the detailed financial work around the merger of the two healthcare systems.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Orsini held the position of Corporate Vice President, Finance, and Treasurer for Scripps Health, a four-hospital nonprofit health system in San Diego. He also served in a series of financial leadership roles with Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), a nonprofit health system consisting of 40 full-service hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Mr. Orsini holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Arizona State University, Phoenix, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He began his career in auditing for the Arizona Department of Health Services in 1985.