I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.             

- Pablo Picasso -

Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS is a primary care physician, a healthcare innovator, a futurist, a digital health expert and a serial entrepreneur with a passion for creating real world solutions which improve the quality and efficiency of the healthcare system for both patients and physicians.


Dr. Berkowitz is the Chief Executive Officer of Back9 Healthcare Consulting, where he helps healthcare systems, companies and investors rethink problems and solutions.  Special areas of focus include innovation strategies and tactics, digital health technologies, workflow automation, telehealth, electronic medical record optimization, precision medicine, product design, physician leadership, change management, and disruptive thinking (so you can do it to yourself before someone else does it to you!). 

Academic Medical Center Experience

Dr. Berkowitz spent many years as a Physician Executive helping to lead Informatics and Innovation efforts at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, a multi-hospital health system with a top 10 academic medical center at its core.  He has rolled out and optimized both Epic and Cerner EMRs, as well as led projects involving everything from population health and data analytics to executive health and precision medicine. He was a long-time primary care physician at Northwestern's Bucktown office, and remains the Founder & Executive Director of the non-profit Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program (SHIP) at Northwestern, one of the nation's first healthcare innovation programs.


Business Experience

Dr. Berkowitz has co-founded several healthcare startups and was the founder and chairman of healthfinch, a workflow optimization software company which had a successful exit to Health Catalyst in 2020. He additionally serves on the Board of Directors for OneView Healthcare, a patient engagement technology company.  Dr. Berkowitz also spent several years as the Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Product Strategy for MDLIVE, one of the nation's largest telehealth medical groups, where he helped grow consult volume by 500%, increased patient satisfaction by 60%, tripled provider satisfaction, created one of the nation's best telehealth quality programs, developed a national virtual primary care offering, and raised $50M in working capital.


Thought Leadership

Dr. Berkowitz was editor and author of the first book exploring the intersection healthcare IT and Innovation, and is a nationally recognized writer and speaker on healthcare innovation and informatics. In recognition of his work, Dr. Berkowitz has picked up a few awards over his career:

  • HealthLeader’s “Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better”

  • Healthspottr’s “Future Health Top 100 Innovators”

  • Modern Healthcare’s “Top 25 Clinical Informaticists”

  • One of the "Top Ten Healthcare Innovation Thought Leaders" to follow on Twitter

  • His Change Doctor blog has been voted one of the "Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs"

  • Winner of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation's iSpot Competition for "Ideas that Will Transform Healthcare"

Additional Board Experience

Professional Credentials

Dr. Berkowitz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and has a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has achieved Fellowship rank in both the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).  


For Fun
To keep things interesting, Dr. Berkowitz also spent many years as a physician consultant to a wide variety of movie, television and theatrical productions in Chicago, including Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, The Dark Knight, Batman v. Superman, Transformers 3 & 4, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The ProducersMillion Dollar Quartet, US Marshalls, Ocean’s 11 and 12, ER, and many more.