Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Esq., was appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Henry Ford Health System in 2017. In this role, Tidjani provides executive leadership, from both a strategic and operational perspective, for the following areas: Office of the General Counsel covering all legal affairs for the health system, the Business Integrity and Tax Office, Information Privacy and Security, the Governance Office, and the Risk Finance and Insurance Office.
Prior to Henry Ford, Tidjani served as the Deputy Chief Legal Officer for the Cleveland Clinic, where she managed a team of lawyers, paralegals, support staff and external counsel, serving as a strategic partner with her executive team on such initiatives as physician/hospital alignment, telemedicine, reimbursement, affiliations, acquisitions and governance. Tidjani has been responsible for more than $7 billion in contracting revenue through managed care agreements, consulting services, clinical operations, information technology, clinical trials, supply chain and all vendor relationships.
Tidjani was previously Senior Counsel for Tenet Healthcare’s Managed Care and Litigation Practice Group where she led development and implementation of clinically integrated networks in five markets spanning the country. In this role, she also was involved in a wide range of operational and regulatory issues, including healthcare reform initiatives, physician contracting, corporate formation and governance, Stark, anti-kickback, antitrust, and HIPAA.
Her community involvement includes serving as a board member of Inforum, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation, the Detroit Bar Association Foundation, the Community Impact Committee of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, the American Arbitration Association, McGregor Fund Foundation, Junior Achievement, Advent Health, a member of the advisory boards of Consero, IPMI, and a volunteer mentor for Women of Tomorrow.
Tidjani has received numerous awards for her leadership including Crain’s Detroit – Best Women Lawyers Michigan, Michigan Chronical – Woman of Excellence, Wolverine Bar Association – Golden Gavel Award, Norman S. Minor Trailblazer Award, Kaleidoscope – 40 Under 40 Award.
She earned her juris doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1998. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University in 1995. Tidjani is married, has two children, and is a native Detroiter.