Bio: Tochi Iroku-Malize MD MPH MBA is the inaugural chair of family medicine at Northwell Health and professor and chair of family medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. She is dual board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine and holds a masters degree in public health policy and management as well as one in business administration. Dr. Iroku-Malize is involved in diverse programs including, but not limited to, global & planetary health, clinical informatics, medical genomics, women’s & children’s health, special needs populations, cultural competency, advocacy and leadership.
She has worked for over the past three decades on clinical, research and academic initiatives to enhance health and equity for both providers and patients. Her career began as a hospitalist at Southside Hospital becoming a member of the inaugural class of Fellows of Hospital Medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and eventually Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine. She has been an active member of this organization serving on the committees/task forces on leadership, family medicine, Post-Acute Care, health information technology and most recently education.
Dr. Iroku-Malize remained an active faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Southside, eventually becoming Program Director and receiving an award from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors as she transitioned to the role of department chair. As an academician she was instrumental in revising the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents in both critical care and most recently in medical informatics. She has worked in developing curricula to enhance medical education for both providers and patients across various communities locally, nationally and internationally.
Outside of work, she is involved in philanthropy and advocacy through the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP) and the AAFP. Her roles in this specialty society included board member, past president of the NYSAFP and currently she is the NY state delegate to the AAFP. She sits on the commission of member and membership services for the AAFP working on policy that shapes the organization. She has lobbied legislators annually, both at the state and national level, concerning the interests of patients and the communities in which they live. Her work with various community organizations and specialty societies has led her to engage with like-minded individuals worldwide who are interested in advocating for the needs of others.
Dr. Iroku-Malize has a keen interest in how technology interacts with health care provision for the communities served. Her work is in how to incorporate new evidence and health care processes into the workflow of primary care physicians and more importantly how to create a receptive learning environment in which these clinicians embrace practice transformation.