Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center

Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership

Ellen Zane Award for Visionary Leadership.

Ellen M. Zane served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children from 2004 to 2011. Over the course of her tenure, Ellen returned the Medical Center to financial stability. She strengthened its relationship with Tufts University, established its community physician network, which now includes more than 1,800 doctors, and launched its Distributed Academic Medical Center™ model, a partnership with community affiliates designed to keep more care in the community.

Under her leadership, the hallmark of Tufts Medical Center became the high-quality care it provides to its patients, among the most medically complex patient population of any full service acute-care hospital in the Commonwealth. Ellen was the first woman and first non-physician to have served as CEO in the 215-year history of the hospital. Because of her transformative vision, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have brighter futures.

The recipient of the Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership is an individual who exemplifies visionary or transformational leadership within Tufts Medical Center, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts University School of Medicine, or the community-at-large.


2019 Recipient
Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

2018 Recipient
Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq., President, Bentley University

2017 Recipient
Martin "Marty" Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post 

2015 Recipients
Third Rock Ventures Co-Founders - Kevin Starr, Robert Tepper, MD and Mark Levin

2014 Recipient
Governor Deval Patrick, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2013 Inaugural Recipient
Thomas F. Shields, Chairman & CEO, Shields Health Care Group