Risa Lavizzo-Mourey


  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (PARC Research Associate) is cited as the First Black female president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Becker's Hospital Review's "31 Black Medical Pioneers to Know."

  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (PARC Research Associate) participated on a panel of Penn experts discussing systemic racism and its impact on health and wellness. Panelists included Benoit Dubé, Ezekiel Emanuel, Jennifer Prah Ruger, and Eugenia South. Watch the preceptorial panel discussion on “Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America" and read more in Penn Today.

  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (PARC Research Associate) was elected as Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Trustee. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor of Population Health and Health Equity and former president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will begin her appointment on January 1, 2021. Read the full announcement.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor, School of Nursing
Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
Professor, Healthcare Management, Wharton School

M.D., Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1979
M.B.A., Health Care Administration, University of Pennsylvania, 1986

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine. She  served as president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2003-2017 and, for 15 years before that, as a distinguished professor and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania. She has returned to Penn as  the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor with joint faculty appointments in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing.


  • Penn Medical Ethics & Health Policy Online: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on Health Disparities and Health Equity
  • University of Iowa College of Public Health Hansen Lecture: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on Lessons Learned While Building a Culture of Health
  • Association of American Medical Colleges: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on a Culture of Health