Speaker Biography
Robert Pearl, MD
Executive Director and CEO
The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente
 
Dr. Robert Pearl is Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. As CEO of the largest medical group in the nation, comprising over 7,000 physicians and 25,000 staff members and operating 19 medical centers in Northern California, Dr. Pearl is responsible for the health care of over 3 million Kaiser Permanente members. In addition, he is the President and CEO of the MidAtlantic Permanente Medical Group, which comprises 1000 physicians, and is responsible for the health care of 500,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Pearl received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University and currently serves on the faculty as a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery. In addition, he is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches courses on strategic thinking and strategic change and health care technology.

Selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the most powerful physician leaders in the nation, Dr. Pearl has published more than 100 articles in various medical journals and has been a contributor to many books. He has made over 100 presentations at national meetings in the areas of both clinical medicine and medical economics. In the past several years, he served as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Haas School of Business and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Pearl was a keynote speaker this spring at the annual meeting of the Institute for Health Improvement and a featured speaker at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco this fall.

As a frequent lecturer on health care reform, Dr. Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid and technologically enabled medical delivery systems. He believes that organizations like Kaiser Permanente in which physicians collaborate rather than compete, and in which a multi-specialty medical group works in partnership with a not-for-profit health plan and hospital system, are able to provide superior quality of care over fragmented insurance-based systems.

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