Thought Leader, Care Redesign

Robert M. Pearl, MD

Executive Director and CEO
The Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Robert Pearl is Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group. Together these organizations are comprised of over 9,000 physicians and 34,000 staff members.  Dr. Pearl is responsible for the health care that is delivered to approximately 4 million Kaiser Permanente members in the states of California, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also co-CEO of the National Permanente Executive Committee for The Permanente Foundation.

Board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Pearl received his Medical Degree 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.   He is also on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on strategy, leadership 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.  Recently, Dr. Pearl was a featured speaker at both the Commonwealth Club and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum event.  In addition, he participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT.  Most recently, he became the Chairman of the National Council of Accountable Physician Practices.

Dr. Pearl is a frequent lecturer on the opportunities to use 21st Century tools and technology to improve both the quality and cost of health care, while simultaneously making care more convenient and personalized.  As a regular contributor to, Dr. Pearl publishes a weekly blog on the nexus of health care and business and provides frequent updates through Twitter.  He is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid and technologically enabled health care delivery systems.

New Marketplace
New Risk, New Business Models

How Multi-Specialty Hubs Fill a Major Gap in the Care Continuum

Kaiser Permanente, Mid-Atlantic States identified a niche for patients seeking immediate care and found a way to reduce emergency department visits while improving patient satisfaction and quality.


New Physicians Will Need Business School Skills

Medical and business schools should jointly create a fourth-year rotation.

Robert Pearl Video Clip Still: Four Steps to Eliminating Physician Burnout

Care Redesign 2016

Four Steps to Eliminating Physician Burnout

Addressing day-to-day job frustration among physicians starts with integration into a team.

Care Redesign 2016

Engaging Physicians in Telehealth

The what, the why, and the how.

Robert Pearl Video Still: Call to Action: Address True Patient Needs

Care Redesign 2016

Call to Action: Address True Patient Needs

We may tell ourselves that the U.S. provides the best health care in the world, but it’s not true.

Care Redesign 2016

What We’re Reading: Consumer Tech Survey

Most people are using online tools for nearly every facet of life — but not in health care.

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