Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, University of Pennsylvania professor, and former president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has been elected a Trustee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the largest private biomedical research institution in the United States. Her appointment will begin on January 1, 2021.
Lavizzo-Mourey became the RWJF Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor of Population Health and Health Equity at Penn in 2018, where she also has appointments in the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Wharton School. Prior to 2018, Lavizzo-Mourey spent nearly 15 years at RWJF, where she spearheaded efforts to create healthier, more equitable communities and strengthen the integration of health services and systems, among other initiatives. She came to RWJF in 2003 from University of Pennsylvania, where she directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the School of Medicine.
Lavizzo-Mourey has served in the administrations of three US presidents – as deputy administrator for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research under President George H.W. Bush, as Quality of Care chair for President Bill Clinton’s panels on health care, and on President Barack Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School and her MBA from University of Pennsylvania.
A member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, Lavizzo-Mourey also serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution, the Bipartisan Policy Center, General Electric Company, Merck & Co., and Intel Corporation.
HHMI is the largest private biomedical research institution in the United States. Our scientists make discoveries that advance human health and our fundamental understanding of biology. We also invest in transforming science education into a creative, inclusive endeavor that reflects the excitement of research. HHMI’s headquarters are located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC.