Robert Pearl, MD, is executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. As CEO of the largest medical group in the nation, Dr. Pearl is responsible for the health care of 3.4 million Kaiser Permanente members. The Permanente Medical Group comprises approximately 8,000 physicians and 33,000 staff members and operates 21 medical centers in Northern California. He was selected as executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group in 1998. In addition, he is the president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, which serves 500,000 members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Pearl received his MD from the 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.
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 more than 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 Duke University School of Medicine, Haas School of Business and Harvard School of Public Health.
As a frequent lecturer on health care, Dr. Pearl is an advocate for the power of physician-led, integrated 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.
Over the past decade, he has been a leader in implementing advanced information technology systems across Kaiser Permanente. By combining an integrated delivery system with Internet technology, he believes that Kaiser Permanente is uniquely positioned to redefine the practice of medicine as we know it today and develop the health care solutions for the 21st century.