Lee H. Perlman is a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated his career to serving others. Since 1983, Mr. Perlman has been the driving force behind GNYHA Ventures, Inc., the for-profit business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). As President, Mr. Perlman has been responsible for the development of all companies created under GNYHA Ventures, many of which have been sold to larger organizations. The current GNYHA Ventures portfolio includes subsidiaries that engage in $6 billion in commerce annually through group purchasing, management outsourcing, and healthcare consulting. GNYHA is a longtime business partner and the largest shareholder in Premier, Inc. (PINC). Mr. Perlman also serves as GNYHA’s Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
One of the industry’s most passionate leaders about the marriage of business and science in healthcare management and procurement, Mr. Perlman is former Chairman of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) Board, and is current Chairman of the HSCA Public Policy Committee. Mr. Perlman is former Chair and now Board member of the Steering Committee of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII). He has served Premier as both a Board Director and member of the Audit Committee and currently serves as an advisor to management. Mr. Perlman has used these national platforms to advocate for price transparency, comparative effectiveness in the supply chain, and adoption of mobile health technology as a way to lower healthcare providers’ cost of doing business while maintaining greater resources for direct patient care.
A leader in promoting diversity in healthcare leadership, Mr. Perlman founded the GNYHA Summer Enrichment Program, which has placed more than 300 diverse students in summer internships. He previously served on the Boards of National Medical Fellowships and the Institute for Diversity in Health Care Management, and currently serves as Treasurer for charitySTRONG, which helps nonprofits build strong, diverse boards of directors.
A dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Mr. Perlman devotes significant energy to non-profits related to healthcare, education, and the arts. He is Chairman of the LiveOnNY Foundation, which promotes organ donation, and also serves on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of New York. Most recently Mr. Perlman was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the Boards of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and the Convention Center Development Corporation (Javits Center).
Mr. Perlman is an officer and Board member of the Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield (Massachusetts), Rosie’s Theater Kids, The Actor’s Fund, and most recently was elected to the Board of the American Theatre Wing. Mr. Perlman also sits on the Board of the UJA Federation of New York, Samuel Field Y, and serves as Co-Chair of the Hunter College Hillel.
Mr. Perlman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Sloan Program at Cornell University.