Notable Women in Healthcare


Alumna Irene Koch ’89, executive vice president and chief legal officer at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, was recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of their 2019 Notable Woman in Healthcare.

Irene Koch, who joined Hospital for Special Surgery in 2015, deals with a complex array of legal, regulatory, compliance and risk-management issues. Hospitals increasingly depend on information technology, and Koch has expertise in that, as well as privacy and security. In addition to HSS’ core business of hospital operations and research, she also addresses matters related to its geographic and international expansion. Previously, she held posts at two regional health information organizations, serving as executive vice president and general counsel at Healthix and as executive director of the Brooklyn Health Information Exchange. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the Fordham University School of Law.

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