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BIDMC Names Jamie Katz as General Counsel

Brings expertise in health insurance and health care law

  • Date: 6/18/2012

BOSTON - Jamie Katz, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in litigation and regulatory positions, has been named General Counsel for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Katz has been serving in the position on an interim basis since January 2012.

Katz brings expertise in health insurance, health care law and commercial matters, as well as in operations and governance of non-profit organizations.

"Jamie has been a trusted and strong advocate and advisor for the hospital since he has been with us and we are proud to welcome him permanently to the position of General Counsel," said BIDMC President and CEO Kevin Tabb, noting that his past efforts in implementing healthcare reform in Massachusetts and overseeing hospitals from a regulatory perspective make him especially qualified for the fast-paced health care environment.

Katz joined BIDMC in 2010, initially serving as first Deputy General Counsel for Network Development and Compliance, focusing on relationships among BIDMC and other hospitals and physician groups. He most recently also served as Interim Chief Compliance Officer.

In his new position, Katz is responsible for managing and guiding legal services for BIDMC and its affiliates, including Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Affiliated Physicians Group and the Bowdoin Street Health Center. He and his staff provide legal counsel for a broad range of issues, including patient care, regulatory developments, clinical affairs, governance, litigation, employment, real estate, research and general operations. He works closely with physicians, the administrative leadership of the medical center and its Board of Directors.

Katz succeeds Patricia McGovern, who continues to serve as BIDMC's Senior Vice President for Corporate and Community Affairs, overseeing government relations, community relations, interpreter services and community benefits, and as an advisor on federal and state health care reform.

Before joining BIDMC, Katz served as General Counsel for the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority from its inception in 2006. Prior to joining the Connector, Katz served as the Chief of the Public Charities Division of the Attorney General's Office. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General's Administrative Law Division and as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

He also was an associate at Hale & Dorr and a founding partner of a small Boston law firm. Katz has extensive trial and appellate experience in addition to acting as a mediator and arbitrator in many cases. He was a co-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Boston Bar Association Litigation Section.

Katz has appeared as a speaker at numerous national and local conferences and seminars. He has written professional articles in the areas of charities, environmental law, and disabilities law. He is also the author of numerous nonfiction pieces published in newspapers and magazines as well as two published novels, Dead Low Tide and A Summer for Dying.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit