J. David Liss MFA

Associate in Biomedical Informatics

Mr. Liss currently serves as Vice President for External Relations at BioReference Laboratories in Elmwood Park, NJ, where he is responsible for all aspects of external communications. Before that, he was Vice President of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was responsible for the grants office as well as government affairs. Prior to New York-Presbyterian, he was the director of the Center for Advanced Technology, a state-funded program in technology transfer based at DBMI. Mr. Liss began his career in government and communications almost three decades ago as a speechwriter during the administration of New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

Recognizing the potential for HIT to transform healthcare, Mr. Liss has worked for policies that support HIT and HIE, including the bill that created the precursor of the HIT Policy Committee: the Commission on Systemic Interoperability (CSI). He has served on the boards of or as an advisor to major policy organizations working on HIT, including: the CSI; Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health; the eHealth Initiative; the National Alliance for Health IT; and the NYS public-private partnership called the New York eHealth Collaborative. He has also served on the Executive Committee of Healthix, the nation’s largest Regional Health Information Organization that serves downstate New York. Mr. Liss was instrumental in Columbia and New York-Presbyterian’s receiving almost $80 million in federal and NYS awards for HIT/HIE between 1998 and 2013.

Mr. Liss has a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College.