Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD
Dr. Feinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its two operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) and Health Careers Futures (HCF). Together they perform a unique mix of grantmaking, research, teaching, coaching, and project management.
Under her leadership, JHF and PRHI have become a leading voice in patient safety, healthcare quality, and related workforce issues. When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices, and safety by applying industrial engineering principles. Dr. Feinstein also founded HCF to assist the region’s healthcare industry in attracting, preparing, and retaining employees, and was a leader in the formation of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national coalition of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives.
Dr. Feinstein is widely regarded as a leader in healthcare quality improvement and frequently presents at national and international conferences. She was a presenter at the 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet event, an independently organized Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) event with a global audience. She has served on the faculties of Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of numerous regional and national publications on quality and safety. While at Boston College, she was the editor of the Urban & Social Change Review; she is the editor of the book Moving Beyond Repair: Perfecting Health Care. In 2015, she was named Pittsburgher of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine.
Dr. Feinstein is a past President of Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers of Western PA, and co-chair of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. She serves on many nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit boards, including NRHI, the United Way, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Allegheny Parks Foundation. She is on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Research Advisory Committee, Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Board of Directors, the UPMC System-wide Patient Care Committee, and IT Advisory Committee. She is a founding member of the national Women of Impact coalition and co-founder of the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAM Global), which empowers women to lead efforts to advance healthcare systems that are transparent, respectful, accountable, and equitable.
Dr. Feinstein earned her bachelor’s degree in American History at Brown University, her master's in Social Work at Boston College, and her doctorate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Feinstein has Honorary Doctorates from Chatham and Carlow Universities.