Oct 04, 2021
Robert Pearl, MD
Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients

Robert Pearl, MD, Stanford University Medical and Business School Professor, former CEO of Kaiser Permanente


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 over 10,000 physicians, 38,000 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
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 health care policy.
He is the author of “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why
We’re Usually Wrong,” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a roadmap for transforming
American healthcare. All proceeds from the book go to Doctors Without Borders. His most
recent book, Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients was published
May 2021.

Dr. Pearl hosts the popular podcasts Fixing Healthcare and Coronavirus: The Truth. He publishes
a newsletter with over 12,000 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 addressed the Commonwealth Club, the World
Healthcare Congress, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum and the
National Committee for Quality Improvement (NCQA).

Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pearl received his medical degree from the
Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive
surgery at Stanford University.

From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices
(CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and
participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health
IT in Washington, D.C.

Connect with Dr. Robert Pearl on Twitter @RobertPearlMD, LinkedIn and at his
website robertpearlmd.com.