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John Wallis (Jack) Rowe is an American businessman and academic physician, who served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna Inc., a large health insurance company based in Connecticut, titles he retired from in February 2006.



Columbia UniversityEdit

John Rowe is currently the Julius B Richmond Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.[1] He has also served as professor at Harvard Medical School, and has authored more than 200 scientific publications, mostly on the aging process. Rowe was previously Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut.


Prior to Columbia, John Rowe [2] was the CEO and executive chairman of the health insurance company Aetna from 2000 to 2006. During his tenure he transformed Aetna into a large, profitable company.[citation needed] In 2005 his compensation was $22.2 million.[3]

Mt Sinai NY HealthEdit

Prior to Aetna Dr. Rowe was President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NY Health from 1998 to 2000. Prior to that he was President of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City from 1988 to 1998.

Tax patentsEdit

In 2006, the Wealth Transfer Group sued John W. Rowe for infringement of a tax patent.[4] The patent was U.S. Patent 6,567,790, entitled "Establishing and managing grantor retained annuity trusts funded by nonqualified stock options".[5] (i.e. SOGRAT) This case has been settled for undisclosed terms.[6]


Dr. Rowe has published over 200 scientific publications, mostly in the field of gerontology and a textbook in the same field.

He coauthored the book Successful Aging with Robert Kahn.

Personal lifeEdit

Rowe lives in New York City and Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife, who is a retired professor at Fordham University.

Rowe attended Canisius College and received his BS in 1966 and his MD from the University of Rochester in 1970.[7]

Rowe has been a Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and is currently Director of the Foundation's Research Network on an Aging Society.[7]

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation since 2007,[8] a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lincoln Center Theater, a member of the board at Accolade Inc and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA),[7] and former Chairman of the Board of the Marine Biological Laboratory.[7]

Rowe is a former member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and Board of Trustees at the University of Connecticut.


  1. ^ Faculty Bio
  2. ^ Corporate Governance: Board of Directors Bio for John W. Rowe Archived 2007-06-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Forbes list of top executive compensation
  4. ^ Floyd Norris, Patent law is getting tax crazy, International Herald Tribune, October 19, 2006.
  5. ^ Nowotarski, Mark, "Tax Strategies?", Insurance IP Bulletin, October 15, 2006
  6. ^ Herman, Tom, "Patents on Tax-Related Ideas Stir Worry", Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2007
  7. ^ a b c d "John Wallis Rowe M.D." Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  8. ^ "John W. Rowe to Join Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2017-05-05.