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Ed Ellison, MD

Executive Medical Director and Chairman of the Board, Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group
Co-Chief Executive Officer, National Permanente Executive Committee, The Permanente Federation

Ed Ellison, MDEd Ellison, MD, serves as executive medical director and chairman of the board for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), one of the largest self-governing medical groups in the country, consisting of more than 8,500 physicians caring for about 4.4 million Kaiser Permanente members in 221 medical offices and 15 hospitals across Southern California.

In this role since January 2012, Ed sets the strategic direction and has accountability for all aspects of care that impact quality, the patient experience, and financial performance at SCPMG. Under his leadership, SCPMG has navigated successfully through historic membership growth while earning numerous awards and recognition for quality, safety, innovation, inclusion, and reducing care disparities among ethnically diverse patient populations. His leadership has led to a strong culture of collaboration, communication, collegiality, interdependence, innovation, and being the best at getting better.

In 2015, in addition to leading SCPMG, Ed was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group of Georgia (TSPMG), with responsibility for TSPMG’s overall performance. One of the largest multispecialty medical groups in Georgia, TSPMG has more than 500 physicians caring for 320,000 members at more than 26 metro Atlanta facilities and partner hospitals. Ed is also co-chief executive officer The Permanente Federation, a consortium of all the Permanente Medical Groups representing 22,000 physicians nationally.

Ed joined SCPMG in 1984 as a family medicine physician. He is board certified in Family Medicine and has served in multiple leadership roles within SCPMG. After completing his undergraduate degree at Duke University, Ed received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Halifax Hospital Medical Center, University of South Florida, where he served as chief resident. While at Kaiser Permanente, he has attended the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

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