John Rowe

John Rowe

John Rowe

Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging
Health Policy and Management


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New York NY USA 10032


Dr. John W. Rowe is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, from 2000 until late 2006, Dr. Rowe 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, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation's largest academic health care organizations. From 1988 to 1998, prior to the Mount Sinai-NYU Health merger, Dr. Rowe was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe 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 was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and is co-author, with Robert Kahn, Ph.D., of Successful Aging (Pantheon, 1998). Currently, Dr. Rowe leads the MacArthur Foundation's Network on An Aging Society . Dr. Rowe was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School , and continues to serve on those Boards as well at the Board of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation,was a founding Commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Medpac), and Chair of the Boards of Trustees of the University of Connecticut and the Marine Biological Laboratory.



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

Honors & Awards

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

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Gerontology, Healthy Aging and Longevity, Healthcare Insurance, Healthcare Management

Select Publications

Goldman, DP, Chen, C., Zissimopoulos, J., Rowe, JW et al. Measuring the adaptation of countries to societal aging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( PNAS) 2018 January, 115 (3) 435-437.
Cynthia, C., Goldman, D., Zissimopoulos, J., Rowe, J. W. & Research Network on an Aging Society (2018) Multi-dimensional comparison of countries’ adaptation to society aging. PNAS, 115(37), 9169-9174. DOI:
Julie M. Zissimopoulos, Dana P. Goldman, S. Jay Olshansky, John Rother & John W. Rowe . 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)
6. Rowe, JW and the Network on an Aging Society (2019) Challenges for Middle Income Elders in an Aging Society. Health Affairs, 38(5), 865-867. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00095
Rowe, J.W. (Study Chair), Institute of Medicine ,. 2008. Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Rowe J.W. Successful Aging of Societies. Daedalus, Spring 2015: pp 5-12 (doi:10.1162/DAED_a_00325)
Rowe, J.W and Kahn, R.L. (2015) Successful Aging 2.0: Conceptual Expansions for the 21st Century. Journal of Gerontology Series B Psychological and Social Sciences, 70(4), 593-596. DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbv025
Rowe J.W., Kahn RL: Successful Aging. New York, Pantheon Books, 1998.
Rowe J.W., Kahn RL: Human aging: Usual versus successful. Science, 1987; 237:143 149.

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