Dr. Feinstein is the founding and current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its supporting organization the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI). Together they perform a unique mix of grantmaking, research, teaching, coaching, and project management.

When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices, and safety by applying industrial engineering principles. PRHI has since been the recipient of many research and demonstrations (R&D) grants from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its Center for Innovation, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to test new models of care, as well as from the Department of Health & Human Services (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) to assist primary care practices in western Pennsylvania with EHR implementation.

Dr. Feinstein has created a series of Graduate Fellowships for students in the health professions that engage and prepare future safety, quality, and health reform champions.
Widely regarded as a leader in healthcare quality improvement, Dr. Feinstein frequently presents at national and international conferences. She presented at the 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet event to a global audience. Dr. Feinstein was also instrumental in the formation of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national coalition of Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives.

Dr. Feinstein is a past President of Grantmakers In Health and Grantmakers of Western PA, and a current co-chair of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. She serves on many nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit boards, including NRHI, the United Way, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. She serves on the national board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Health Research Advisory Committee, Boards of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and University Center for International Studies, UPMC Presbyterian/Shadyside Board of Directors, and the UPMC system-wide Patient Care Committee.

Dr. Feinstein has served on the faculties of Boston College and Carnegie Mellon University, and taught at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of numerous regional and national publications on quality and safety. While at Boston College, she was the editor of the Urban & Social Change Review; she is the editor of the book Moving Beyond Repair: Perfecting Health Care. In 2015, she was named Pittsburgher of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in American History at Brown University, her master's in Social Planning at Boston College, and her doctorate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Dr. Feinstein has Honorary Doctorates from Chatham and Carlow Universities.


Authored by Karen Wolk Feinstein, Ph.D.