Paul F. Levy has led several complex organizations during a multi-faceted career. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from January 2002 to January 2011. BIDMC is one of the nation's preeminent academic health centers, providing state-of-the-art clinical care, research, and teaching in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. While in that position and afterwards, he has been an advocate for patient-driven care, eliminating preventable harm, transparency of clinical outcomes, and front-line driven process improvement. He appears around the world as a speaker on these topics. He is author of a widely read blog (now) entitled "Not Running a Hospital," and was one of very few hospital CEOs to have shared thoughts publicly about hospitals, medicine, and health care issues.
Before BIDMC, Levy was the Executive Dean for Administration at Harvard Medical School. Before joining HMS, he was Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at MIT, where he taught infrastructure planning and development and environmental policy for seven years. He also maintained an independent consulting practice, providing strategic, negotiation, and regulatory advice to firms in the energy, water, and telecommunications arenas.
Mr. Levy has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, and Director of the Arkansas Department of Energy. At the MWRA, he had primary responsibility for the "Boston Harbor Cleanup," one of the largest pollution control projects in the world. In operating the water transmission system for 46 communities at the MWRA, Mr. Levy carried out an aggressive demand management program which decreased water consumption by 15% over a three-year period. As Chairman at the MDPU, Paul Levy regulated the electricity, telecommunications, natural gas, and water utilities in Massachusetts. While at the Arkansas Department of Energy, Mr. Levy directed energy programs, planning, policy and advocacy for the State, including such areas as energy conservation, renewable and fossil energy resource development, and regulatory and legislative matters.
During much of this time, Levy coached and refereed youth soccer. Later, he started playing on an adult team. His book Goal Play! draws lessons from that soccer experience into the corporate setting.