Francis J. Crosson, MD
Senior Fellow, The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy;
Founder and Chair, Council of Accountable Physician Practices
Founding Executive Director, The Permanente Federation


Dr. Crosson is a Senior Fellow in the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy. He was the founding Executive Director of The Permanente Federation. The Federation is the national organization of the Permanente Medical Groups, the physician component of Kaiser Permanente. From 1997 to 2007 Dr. Crosson served as the Executive Director of the Federation and co-chair, with Mr. George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, of the Kaiser Permanente Partnership Group (KPPG), the Kaiser Permanente joint management body. Dr. Crosson also served as the CEO and President of The Permanente Company, which carries out the Federation’s business functions. He also currently serves as a consulting senior executive of the Permanente Medical Group.

Dr. Crosson is Past Chair of the Governing Board of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). In 2002, Dr. Crosson founded and now chairs the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), an AMGA affiliate. CAPP is an alliance of 34 of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group practices which promotes delivery system improvement in the United States. He recently served for nine years on the California Medical Association Board of Trustees. In 2007, Dr. Crosson was re-appointed to a second three-year term on the congressional Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). He was appointed Vice-Chairman of MedPAC from 2009-2010. He is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Executive Program at Stanford Business School.

Dr. Crosson received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and, in 1970, a medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the New England Medical Center Hospitals and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years at Bethesda Naval Hospital before joining The Permanente Medical Group in 1977, where he practiced pediatrics and served in numerous leadership and administrative positions, until he assumed the leadership of The Permanente Federation in 1997.