James R. Tallon, Jr.
James R. Tallon, Jr., a nationally recognized health care policy leader, is president of the United Hospital Fund of New York.
He chairs the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Alliance for Health Reform. He also serves on the boards of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the New York eHealth Collaborative, and is a member of the advisory board for the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.
Mr. Tallon also serves as a member of the New York State Board of Regents, the constitutionally established supervisory body of all education and education-related activities in New York.
Mr. Tallon is a former chairman of The Commonwealth Fund, and a former member of the boards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the Center for Health Policy Development. He has held visiting lecturer appointments at the Columbia University and Harvard University schools of public health.
Mr. Tallon headed the Health Care Policy Advisory Committee during the gubernatorial transition period in 2006, and led the 1998-99 planning process which established The National Quality Forum.
Prior to joining the Fund in 1993, Mr. Tallon represented Binghamton and parts of Broome County in the New York State Assembly for nineteen years, beginning in 1975. He chaired the health committee from 1979 to 1987 and was Majority Leader from 1987 to 1993. In September, 1999, Empire State Reports named him as one of 25 leaders whose work resulted in sweeping improvements in the lives of New Yorkers in the past 25 years.
Mr. Tallon received a B.A., cum laude, in political science from Syracuse University and an M.A. in international relations from Boston University. He has done additional graduate work at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In 1995, he was awarded honorary doctorates of humane letters from the College of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, and from New York Medical College. He was honored in May 2007 with an honorary doctoral degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. In March 2000 he was named an honorary fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mr. Tallon and his wife, Norma, reside in Binghamton and New York City. They have three adult sons and five grandchildren.