PIK University Professor of Population Health and Health Equity, University of Pennsylvania
President Emerita and Former CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is the President Emerita and Former CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position she held for nearly 15 years. She was named the RWJF University Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor of Population Health and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and the Wharton School, effective January 1, 2018.

A specialist in geriatrics, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey went to the RWJF from the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems. She also directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

“My goal is to help Penn Nursing students acquire the knowledge and tools necessary to make health a shared value–creating healthier, more equitable communities through care, research, collaboration, and policy.”


  • MBA, The Wharton School of Business University of Pennsylvania, 1986
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School , 1979