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k o r u d i o g is n c a l o r r cn oe m m u n i c a t i o n Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA The Editorial Board of the Journal of the National Medical Association has dedicated this column in recognition of the outstanding aca- demic, scientific, social and cultural accomplishments of NMA members in all aspects of the medical profession. It is anticipated that these members will serve as both an inspiration to our young members and as a “road map” to assist them in planning for a successful career. Interested members are encouraged to contact the honorees directly. Submissions for this column are encouraged and should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keyword: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101:382 Corresponding Author: http://www.rwjf.org D r Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), is a national leader in transforming America’s health systems so people live healthier lives and receive the health care they need. A practicing physician with business credentials and hands-on experience develop- ing national health policy, she was drawn to the RWJF by the opportunity—as she puts it—to “alter the trajec- tory and to push society to change for the better.” Driven by the belief that the RWJF is a steward of pri- vate resources that must be used in the public’s interest, particularly to help the most vulnerable, Lavizzo-Mourey combines the values she learned as a doctor—commit- ment to others, a sense of altruism—with the skills and Lavizzo-Mourey was a leader in academic medicine, knowledge from her business training—the importance government service and her medical specialty of geriat- of measuring results and outcomes, of clear accountabil- rics before joining RWJF in 2001 as senior vice president ity, of taking a disciplined approach to managing and director of the health care group. Previously, at the resources and motivating people. Through it all, she is
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