Ellen Zane, B.A. '73, trustee, ex-officio

Ellen Zane

Ellen Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who recently retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children. She was the first woman to run the hospital in its 220-year history.  The hospital employs more 5,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers, includes Floating Hospital for Children, and has 450 beds. Ellen remains involved at Tufts Medical Center as a vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Ellen holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine including: Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research and Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine. Additionally, Ellen holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  For the period of 2011 to 2013, Ellen was a Distinguished Guest Lecturer in Healthcare Administration at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

From 1994 to 2004, Ellen held the position of Network President for Partners HealthCare System, Inc. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development of a provider network featuring the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital. The network encompassed 5600 physicians and represented $800+ million of managed care revenue. Today, this entity represents one of the largest physician networks in America.

Prior to that, Ellen was the Chief Executive Officer at Quincy Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts. In this capacity, Ellen was an employee of HCA and then Quorum Health Resources.

Ellen received her Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors in 2013, her Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1973 and her Master of Arts degree in 1975 from the Catholic University of America in Washington. She holds the following honorary degrees: Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University, Doctorate of Business Administration from Stonehill College; and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College.

Ellen is currently a Director of Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX); Brooks Automation (NASDAQ- BRKS); Parexel International (NASDAQ-PRXL); and Press Ganey (NYSE-PGND). She is a Director of AgNovos Healthcare, LLC in New York, NY; and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at George Washington University, Washington, DC. Ellen is also the current Chair of the Board of Wellforce (Parent Board of Tufts Medical Center) and Chair of the Board of Minuteman Health.

Ellen is a former Director of Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE); a former Director of Lincare Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ-LNCR); a former Director of Variagenics, Inc. (NASDAQ-VGNX), a Cambridge, Massachusetts biotech public company focused on pharmacogenomics; a former member of the Board of Overseers at the Tufts University School of Medicine; a former Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Hospital Association; a former Trustee of Northeastern University; and also a former Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. From 1996 to 2001, Ellen was a member of the Board of Governors at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center (national hospital) at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.


April, 2015, Leadership in Corporate Governance Award, NACD, New England Chapter
May, 2014, New England Women’s Leadership Award, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester
April, 2013, Charles E. Rogerson Award for Community Service, Rogerson Communities
May, 2012, Leadership Award from WEST, Advancing Women in the Business of Science and Technology
February, 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award from Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
October, 2011, Heroes in Health Care Award from the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston and Affiliates
August, 2011, Boston Business Journal Champions in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award
June, 2011, Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives ofMassachusetts
November, 2010, Leading Women Awards from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
October, 2010, Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, George Washington University
November, 2008, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the March of Dimes
June, 2008, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus’ Abigail Adams Award
November, 2007, Arthritis Foundation - Dr. John I. Sandson Lifetime Achievement Award
June, 2007, Boy Scouts of America’s T.L. Storer Memorial Award
June, 2006, American Liver Foundation’s honoree of their Progress and Promise Award
May, 2005, honored by the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee for her professionalaccomplishments in promoting excellence in healthcare
May, 2003, Boston Magazine highlighted as one of Boston’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women
May, 2003, inducted into Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration – Academy of Distinction for Achievement in Intrapreneurship
February, 2000, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for her achievements in management
June, 1997, American College of Healthcare Executives Regional Healthcare Executive of the Year
June, 1995, Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award from the Healthcare Management Association of Massachusetts