John W. Rowe, MD

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Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging

Dr. Rowe is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. In 2017, Jack was elected to a four-year term as President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). From 2000 until late 2006, he served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc, one of the nation's leading health care and related benefits organizations. Before his tenure at Aetna, from 1998 to 2000, Jack served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation's largest academic health care organizations.

Before joining Mount Sinai, Jack was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. He has received many honors and awards for his research and health policy efforts regarding care of the elderly. He was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and currently leads the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on An Aging Society. He was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Lincoln Center Theater. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut and serves as Chairman of the Board at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Education & Training:
MD, 1970, University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
BS, 1966, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY


Honors and Awards:
Honorary Leadership Award, American Federation for Aging Research, 2008
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Corporate Citizenship Award, Smithsonian Institution, 2006
Manager of the Year, Business Week, 2005
Joseph Freeman Award, Gerontological Society of America, 1987
Milo Leavitt Award, American Geriatrics Society, 1985


Select Publications:
Rowe JW. The US eldercare workforce is falling further behind. 2021. Nature Aging . doi: 10.1038/s43587-021-00057-z

Fried LP, Rowe JW. A Half-Century of Progress in Health: The National Academy of Medicine at 50: Health in Aging – Past, Present, and Future. 2020 Sept 30. New England Journal of Medicine . doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2016814

Rowe JW, Fulmer T, Fried LP. (2016) Preparing for Better Health and Health Care for an Aging Population. JAMA. Published online September 26, 2016. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12335.

Olshansky, SJ, Goldman, D, and Rowe. JW. (2015). Resetting Social Security. Daedalus. Spring 2015 pp 68-79. doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00331

Zissimopoulos, JM, Goldman, DP, Olshansky, SJ, Rother, J, and Rowe, JW. (2015) Individual and Social Strategies to Mitigate the Risks & Expand Opportunities of an Aging America . Daedalus. Spring 2015, pp 93-102. doi:10.1162/DAED-a-00333

Carr, DC, Fried, LP, and Rowe, JW. (2015) Productivity and Engagement in an Aging Society: The role of Volunteerism. Daedalus. Spring 2015 pp 55-67. doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00330

Rowe, JW. (Study Chair), Institute of Medicine, 2008. Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Rowe JW. Successful Aging of Societies. Daedalus, Spring 2015: pp 5-12 (doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00325)

Rowe, JW, Kahn, RL. (2015) Successful Aging 2.0: Conceptual Expansions for the 21st Century. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 2015.

Rowe JW, Kahn RL. (1998) Successful Aging. New York, Pantheon Books, 1998.

Rowe JW, Kahn RL. (1987) Human aging: Usual versus successful. Science, 1987; 237:143 149.

For more information, please see his Mailman School of Public Health page.


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