Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
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
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey is currently working on a MOOC entitled, From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Policy Implications.
Previously, she was the Course Director for Medicine 306, a Geriatric Medicine Elective (1995 - 1997); Fellowship Director of Geriatric Medicine (1995 - 1998); and Co-Course Director of Health Care Management 101 at The Wharton School (1994-1995).
During her tenure at RWJF, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey spearheaded bold health initiatives such as creating healthier, more equitable communities; strengthening the integration of health systems and services; and ensuring every child in the United States has the opportunity to grow up at a healthy weight. This work culminated in the Foundation’s vision of building a Culture of Health, enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. Under her leadership, the Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America and its landmark 2009 report “Beyond Health Care” focused on recommendations to improve health at the local, state and federal levels.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey’s life’s work embodies using innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration to make an equitable impact on the health of communities. As a PIK Professor, she has appointments across three schools: in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine, in the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School and in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. She has started a “Diversity in Leadership” group, which includes underrepresented faculty and fellows from these three schools who are considering pathways into leadership. The interdisciplinary group will connect, bounce ideas off of each other and identify collaborators and mentors.
Upon returning to Penn, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey also joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and the Advisory Board for the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center.
Selected Career Highlights
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey worked as Deputy Administrator for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research under President George H.W. Bush’s administration, and continued to direct policy for the subsequent administration, serving as Quality of Care Chair for President Bill Clinton’s Panels on Health Care. She has served on numerous federal advisory committees and she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (2010- 2016).
She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The American Philosophical Society. She currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, as well as on several other boards.
Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Colby College, Brown University and Tufts University. In 2018 she received the National Network of Public Health Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Public Health Association’s Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health. Forbes included her in their most important women in the world list eight times and Modern Healthcare included her in their 100 most influential people in health list care eleven times.