Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor of Health Policy and Health Equity, School of Nursing
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
Professor of Healthcare Management, Wharton School
Professor of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing
Member of CHIBE's Internal Advisory Board


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation PIK Professor of Health Policy and Health Equity at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the President Emerita and Former CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position she held for nearly 15 years. During her tenure at RWJF, she spearheaded both 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. A specialist in geriatrics, Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey came to the Foundation 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. In previous years, she worked on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force and served on numerous federal advisory committees. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey teaches From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Policy Implications, an online course scheduled to run from June 16 to July 6, 2020. The course teaches students how to identify health disparities and social determinants of health that adversely affect populations’ health due to their social, economic and environmental conditions, as well as how to apply strategies for improving health equity and creating opportunities for all populations to live up to their full health potential. Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The American Philosophical Society, and a former member the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. She currently serves on the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents as well as several other boards.