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Robert Pearl, M.D.

CEO, The Permanente Medical Group

Dr. Pearl served as the CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente) for the past 18 years and President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group for the past seven. In these roles, he was responsible for the medical care provided by more than 10,000 physicians and 35,000 staff members to five million Kaiser Permanente members in the states of California, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Pearl is a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Stanford University. He is board certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is also on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, as well as lecturing on health care technology.

Professional highlights include:

  • Author of Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care And Why We’re Usually Wrong
  • Selected as one of the most powerful physician leaders in the nation by Modern Healthcare
  • Publisher of a biweekly column on and publisher of more than 100 articles in various medical journals
  • Medical Degree from Yale University School of Medicine

2017 Sessions

Thursday, September 28

Session 2: Overcoming Inertia

8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Mayo Civic Center, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom
How do we identify, understand, and address the gaps between people and health care? How do we avoid the barriers we have created?

Thursday, September 28

Meet the Speakers & Break

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Mayo Civic Center, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Lobby South
Each main stage session is followed by an opportunity to meet the session speakers in a relaxed setting. Bring your ideas and questions for a lively conversation.

Thursday, September 28

Session 6: A Health Care Debate Moderated by Intelligence Squared

4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mayo Civic Center, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom
America's premier debate series, Intelligence Squared U.S., will take the main stage at Transform to debate the motion "The U.S. Health Care System is Terminally Broken." The Transform audience will vote to declare a winner of the debate, which will be streamed online and recorded live for national television and radio broadcast. Intelligence Squared U.S. is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse.