American Association for Physician Leadership

Steven Finkler


Professor Emeritus of Public and Health Administration, Accounting and Financial Management

Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Steven Finkler is professor emeritus at New York University's Wagner School. He served as director of the specialization in health care financial management at NYU Wagner for more than 20 years. An award-winning teacher and author, Finkler, a CPA, worked for Ernst and Young and was on the faculty of the Wharton School before joining NYU. He received a BS with joint majors in finance and accounting (summa cum laude) and MS in accounting (with highest honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His MA in economics and PhD in business administration were awarded by Stanford University.

Among his publications are 33 books, including Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations, 7th Edition (2022),  Accounting Fundamentals for Health Care Management, 4rd Edition  (2023), Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers, 5th Edition (2017), and Essentials of Cost Accounting for Health Care Organizations, 3rd Edition (2007), . He has published more than 200 articles in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Healthcare Financial Management and Health Services Research. He served on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, Health Care Management Review and Research in Healthcare Financial Management.

Finkler has served as a national advisory council member at the National Institutes of Health and is also a past member of the executive committee of the International Society for Research in Healthcare Financial Management. He was a member of the board of governors and treasurer of Daughters of Israel Geriatric Center. He has also taught executive education courses for the Association of American Medical Colleges and many health care provider organizations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Financial management


BS - Accounting and Finance
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

MS - Accounting
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

MA - Economics
Stanford University

PhD - Business Administration
Stanford University


  • Certified public accountant (CPA)

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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