Dr. Lawrence served as CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals until his retirement. He is a member of the Boards at Proteus Digital Health, Aditazz, and Cellworks companies. He is also a member of the Health Advisory Boards of the RAND Corporation, and an advisor to the CEO of SomaLogic, Inc. He served on the Boards of Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, McKesson Corp, and PG&E Corporation. He serves as a consultant for healthcare systems, and is the co-founder of Healthcare Innovators, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1981, Dr. Lawrence worked in Public Health and Human Services in Multnomah County; as an advisor to the Ministry of Health of Chile; and as a Peace Corps Physician.
Dr. Lawrence is a founding board member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation and a Distinguished Advisor to the NPSF. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the AOA physician honor society. He is the author of From Chaos to Care: The Promise of Team-Based Medicine (Perseus, 2002). His book, Best Care; Best Future: A Guide for Healthcare Leaders, received the “2015 Book of the Year” award from the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, an MD from the University of Kentucky, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington. He completed his Residency in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington, and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine. He received honorary degrees from Amherst College, University of Kentucky, and Cornell University, and is a member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Fame and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Hall of Fame.