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Bernard J. Tyson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kaiser Permanente

Last update: August 15, 2014



Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of more than $55 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves 9.5 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Tyson assumed the role of chairman in January 2014 and has served as CEO since July 1, 2013. His career at Kaiser Permanente has spanned nearly 30 years, and he has successfully managed all major aspects of the organization. He had previously served as president and chief operating officer of the Oakland, Calif.-based health care organization since 2010.

Under Tyson’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente has delivered on its “Thrive” promise by bringing an innovative and fully integrated approach to health care and health care coverage that is helping members achieve their aspirations of total health. Tyson believes Kaiser Permanente’s demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality and affordable health care through a combination of prevention, innovation and integration can serve as the model for the future of health care in America. In fact, the strength of Kaiser Permanente’s approach is evident today in the significant increase in partnerships between health plans, hospitals and medical practices across the health care industry.

As chairman and CEO, Tyson is dedicated to highlighting Kaiser Permanente’s role as an industry leader in preventive care and in treating serious health conditions. For example, Kaiser Permanente’s 175,000 employees and 18,000 physicians consistently deliver some of the best cancer care, cardiovascular care and neuroscience outcomes in the nation, while also leading the country in infection prevention, cancer screenings, patient safety and quality.

Tyson has been a strong advocate for the elimination of health care disparities among individuals by promoting the use of aggregated data from members’ electronic health records to determine the most effective treatments for optimal clinical outcomes. He is also dedicated to upholding Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services for the organization’s members and to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves.

Tyson has served in roles from hospital administrator to division president, leading Kaiser Permanente’s business in California and in its other regions. During his tenure as executive vice president for Health Plan and Hospital Operations, Tyson was responsible for both the care and health care coverage for members within one of the nation’s largest health plans and hospital systems — now 38 Kaiser Permanente-owned hospitals and more than 600 medical offices across America.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tyson earned a bachelor of science in health service management and a master of business in health service administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University. He serves on the board of directors of the American Heart Association. He recently completed service as chair of the Executive Leadership Council in 2012-2014.