David Lawrence served as CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals until his retirement in 2002. He was appointed CEO in 1991 and chairman the next year. He currently pursues interests in new business development, teaching, public policy, and writing. He is an advisor to Artiman Ventures and Gryphon Investors, and a member of the boards of McKesson Corporation, Proteus Biomed, Aditazz Corp. (Chairman), and CellWorks. He is a member of the Health Advisory Board of the RAND Corporation; an advisor to the CEOs of SomaLogic, Inc., and MedExpert, Inc.; and a guest faculty member with the Estes Park Institute. He consults with selected health care systems that pursue advanced integration strategies.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1981, Lawrence worked in Public Health and Human Services in Multnomah County, OR, and was on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the School of Medicine. He also was an advisor to the Ministry of Health of Chile and a Peace Corps physician. Lawrence is the author of From Chaos to Care: The Promise of Team-Based Medicine and Best Care, Best Future: A Guide for Healthcare Leaders.
Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, an M.D. from the University of Kentucky, and a master’s 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.