Steve Berkowitz, MD FACC

Steve Berkowitz, M.D.Dr. Berkowitz has over 25 years experience in health care management and consulting.

He is the Founder and President of SMB Health Consulting specializing in clinical and operational performance improvement for health care systems and leadership development for administrators, physicians and Trustees.  He has developed a successful Chief Medical Officer one-on-one advisory program for new and experienced Chief Medical Officers.

For 13 years, he was the Chief Medical Officer of St. David’s Healthcare, a six-hospital system in Austin, Texas, as well as the Chief Medical Officer for the Central and West Texas Division of HCA.   He was  Chairman of the Board of Capital Area Providers, a 5.01-(a) Texas medical foundation with over 800 participating physicians. During this time, St. David’s achieved national prominence in mortality reduction, CMS core measure performance, STEMI times, and VTE prophylaxis.  In 2008, St. David’s won the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and in 2014 was the recipient of the national Malcolm Baldrige award.

Prior to this position, Dr. Berkowitz was National Practice Leader for Physician Services with the HayGroup. He was a senior executive for Harris Methodist Health System serving as Medical Director of the HMO and Chief Medical Officer for the integrated delivery system. He was Medical/Executive director for The Travelers in Phoenix, Arizona.

In February of 2014, Dr. Berkowitz was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Texas Institute for Health Care Quality and Efficiency.

He sits on the board of the  Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, and has served on the boards of the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Health Care Information Council, and the Texas Association for Healthcare Quality.

Since January 2017, Dr. Berkowitz has been serving as Interim Chief Medical Officer of Eastern Maine
Health System (9 hospitals), and President of their 750-physician Medical Group.


Dr. Berkowitz is board certified in internal medicine and is a prominent national speaker and writer in the healthcare arena.  In April of 2016 Dr. Berkowitz was awarded Fellowship in the American College of Cardiology.