Dan Shepard

Dan Sheppard joins Brown & Weinraub’s health care practice after serving as a Senior Vice President with the Mount Sinai Health System and following a 32-year career in New York State government.  Dan’s experience successfully navigating complex issues through the State’s executive and legislative branches is built on his decades of service in senior-level positions with the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Division of the Budget, and the State University of New York.  

At Mount Sinai, Dan worked with affiliated hospitals and physician practice groups to develop and implement innovative business models to align and grow inpatient and ambulatory service lines.  Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dan served as the New York State Department of Health’s Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management where he was responsible for regulatory oversight of licensed health care facilities and providers.  Dan played a lead role in efforts to modernize State statute, regulations, funding programs and government policies to advance the transformation of hospitals, clinics, physician practices and long-term care facilities and support services toward integrated, patient-centered models that optimize quality, access and financial sustainability.   Dan has extensive experience working at a strategic level with large health systems, safety net hospitals and other essential community health care providers. He also helped lead the Department of Health’s responses to public health threats related to pathogenic and weather-related events.  

Prior to joining the Department of Health, Dan was Deputy Budget Director with the New York State Division of the Budget where he played a key role in shaping New York’s health care delivery and higher education systems.  As Deputy Budget Director, Dan was part of the leadership team that developed and implemented the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) and Delivery System Restructuring Incentive Payment (DSRIP) programs.  In total, Dan worked at the Division of the Budget for more than 20 years in progressively responsible positions across a wide range of program areas.  

Dan’s professional experience also includes service with the State University of New York (SUNY) where, as Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, he oversaw budgeting and fiscal policy for the University’s academic campuses, medical schools and hospitals.  Early in his government career, Dan worked as a legislative analyst for the New York State Senate and a Public Management Intern for the State Education Department’s Office of the Professions.  

Dan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College (BA, 1986) and the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (MPP,1990).   He is a recipient of the Director of the Budget’s Leadership Award (2010); the Compassion in Public Service Award from the New York City Providers of HealthCare for the Homeless Coalition (2016); and the Commissioner of Health’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2019).