SMB Health Consulting: Healthcare Quality Consultant

Founded by Dr. Steve Berkowitz, SMB Health Consulting has over 200 clients nationwide. As a healthcare quality consultant, SMB specializes in artificial intelligence applications in healthcare, clinical and operational performance improvement for healthcare systems and leadership development for administrators, physicians, and trustees. Through SMB, Dr. Berkowitz has also developed a successful Chief Medical Officer one-on-one advisory program for new and experienced Chief Medical Officers.
Dr. Berkowitz has over 30 years experience in executive healthcare management and consulting.

Prior to moving to Arizona, Dr. Berkowitz was the Chief Physician Executive and President of the medical group for Northern Light Health, a nine-hospital system in Maine. Previously, 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. 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 these positions, 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 has sat on the boards of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Health Care Information Council, and the Texas Association for Healthcare Quality.

Dr. Berkowitz is board certified in internal medicine and is a prominent national speaker and writer in the healthcare arena, and as a consultant he specializes in implementation of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

In April of 2016 Dr. Berkowitz was awarded Fellowship in the American College of Cardiology.

He and his wife Tina now live in Scottsdale, AZ, and totally enjoy spending time in the desert.


Awards & Recognitions

“AI technologies are rapidly being embedded in all aspects of healthcare. A working partnership with AI is essential.”