John D. Catalano, DrPH, MPA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


John Catalano is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.  Dr. Catalano earned his DrPH from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill.  He chose an academic career to pursue his scholarly and research interests after dedicating 30-years as a senior healthcare executive. He also serves as Associate Dean and Professor of Healthcare Administration at Molloy University.

Professor Catalano spent his healthcare career in academic medicine and health insurance.  After many years as an academic medicine leader, he became a health insurance executive at Aetna. John was appointed CEO/Market Head and corporate Senior Vice President, overseeing the company’s largest US market.  He was also an adjunct professor in the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU. John returned to academic medicine as Senior Vice President of Managed Care at NYU Langone Health System.  He oversaw contracting initiatives for all NYU hospitals, the NYU Faculty Practice, and an MSO.  He was also Vice Dean for the NYU School of Medicine.  After leaving NYU, he established Catalano Consulting.

John proudly serves on the Board of Directors at NYU Langone Long Island Hospital and NYU Long Island School of Medicine, where he is a member of multiple committees.  He is also on the Advisory Board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-class research institution.  His previous Board appointments include South Nassau Communities Hospital, Make-a-Wish of Metro New York, and The Heart Council of Long Island.

His research interests are focused on college and professional student mental health and suicide. He received his MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU with dual concentrations in Healthcare Financial Management and Healthcare Management where he earned the prestigious Lepesqueur Award for highest academic standing.


  • DrPH, Public Health Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022
  • MPA, Healthcare Financial Management and Health Services Management, New York University, 1989
  • BA, Sociology, Adelphi University, 1980