President and CEO
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
President and CEO
Cedars-Sinai Health System
An advocate for improving quality and access in healthcare, Thomas M. Priselac has developed strategic and operational innovations to foster high-quality, safe and efficient care for patients. Under his leadership, Cedars-Sinai has earned an international reputation for quality care, community service, research and education, while evolving from a community hospital to a major health system that continues to expand to better serve patients. Mr. Priselac, who holds the Warschaw Law Chair in Health Care Leadership at Cedars-Sinai, joined the organization in 1979. He has been president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 1994, and president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai Health System since its formation in 2017.
Before being appointed to his current role, Mr. Priselac was executive vice president of Cedars-Sinai from 1988 to 1993. Earlier in his career, he served on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Active in policy discussions regarding the delivery and financing of healthcare, Mr. Priselac is past chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and a past chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He served as chair of the American Hospital Association during the development of the Affordable Care Act. He also formerly chaired the California Hospital Association and Hospital Association of Southern California boards of trustees.
His civic engagements include serving as a member of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, and the Civic Alliance. Mr. Priselac has received numerous awards for his leadership in healthcare and his commitment to improving the health of the underserved, including the American Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award, B’nai B’rith International’s National Healthcare Leadership Award, the Special Needs Network’s Distinguished Community Champion Corporate Leadership Award and the Charles R. Drew University Board of Trustees Medal of Honor.
Mr. Priselac writes and speaks on a variety of policy issues related to the delivery and financing of healthcare, healthcare quality and safety, and the adoption and implementation of information technology. He is an adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where he teaches principles of organizational leadership.
Mr. Priselac earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and a master’s in public health, health services administration and planning from the University of Pittsburgh.