Robert Pearl, MD

Former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, Stanford Professor and Author of Mistreated


Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the
nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente
Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles, he led 9,000 physicians, 35,000 staff, and was
responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente
members on the west and east coasts.

Named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an
advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led
healthcare delivery.

He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine
and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches
courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and healthcare

In 2017 he authored “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why
We’re Usually Wrong” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a road map for transforming
American healthcare. All proceeds from the book benefit Doctors Without Borders.
He hosts the popular podcast Fixing Healthcare, publishes a newsletter with 10,000+
subscribers called “Monthly Musings on American Healthcare” and is a regular contributor to
Forbes. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA
Today and Bloomberg News. He has published more than 100 articles in medical journals
and contributed to numerous books. A frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical
technology conferences, Pearl has address the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare
Congress, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum.
Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by
a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University, and is currently
board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery.