Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor Emerita, a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Health Care Management in The Wharton School, and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lavizzo-Mourey is a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine. She joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and served as the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems.
She also directed Penn’s Institute on Aging and was chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. She then became president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the first woman and the first African American to head the foundation.
She has been featured in a “25 Medical Pioneers” list for Black History Month. Lavizzo-Mourey retired in 2021, but continues her work in retirement by joining the External Advisory Board for Penn’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).