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A. Neil Pappalardo ’64

MIT Corporation life member Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation Chairman and CEO, Medical Information Technology

MIT Corporation life member Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation Chairman and CEO, Medical Information Technology

 

A. Neil Pappalardo ’64
MIT Corporation life member
Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation 1996 – 1998, 1998 – 2013
Chairman and CEO, Medical Information Technology

A native of New York state, with interests in astrophysics, cosmology, and electrical engineering, Neil Pappalardo is the founder and CEO of MEDITECH, a leading supplier of information systems for 2,200 hospitals in the US, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Recognized by many as the “soul” of the MIT physics department, much of Mr. Pappalardo’s career was spent in product development, creating software that allows health care providers to track each patient’s history and monitor ongoing treatment for chronic health problems, regardless of the patient’s location. 

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Mr. Pappalardo’s direct path from 8th grade to MIT.
  • Pioneering computer work at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Creation of the MUMPS computer language.
  • The challenges of starting MEDITECH and its expansion into a global information systems company.
  • Balancing managerial responsibilities with product development.
  • Initiating a “try before you buy” policy.
  • Philanthropy, including MIT gifts such as the Pappalardo Fellowships Program in Physics, Pappalardo Labs I and II, supporting the sharing of MIT video content on the web, and the Neil and Jane Pappalardo professorship in mechanical engineering.

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