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Edward M. Ellison, MD

Executive medical director/chairman of the Board, Southern California Permanente Medical Group; chairman of the Board and CEO, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group; co-CEO, National Permanente Executive Committee, The Permanente Federation, LLC

Last update: April 11, 2016



Ed 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 6,500 physicians caring for more than 4.2 million Kaiser Permanente members in 214 medical offices and 14 hospitals across Southern California.

In this role since January 2012, Dr. Ellison sets the strategic direction and has accountability for all aspects of care which impact quality, the patient experience and financial performance at SCPMG. Under his leadership, SCPMG has navigated successfully through the Affordable Care Act and 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, Dr. Ellison was named chairman of the board and CEO of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group of Georgia (TSPMG), with responsibility for TSPMG’s overall performance. One of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in Georgia, TSPMG has more than 475 physicians caring for nearly 280,000 members at more than 25 metro Atlanta facilities and partner hospitals.

Dr. Ellison is also co-CEO of the National Permanente Executive Committee of the Permanente Federation, a consortium of all the Permanente Medical Groups in the nation, supporting the work of more than 18,600 Kaiser Permanente physicians and 80,000 employees. In this role, Dr. Ellison and co-CEO Robert Pearl, MD, provide leadership and strategic direction to all the Permanente Medical Groups, and to the national Kaiser Permanente Program.

A recent addition to his responsibilities is serving as an executive sponsor of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, scheduled to open in 2019. Leveraging Kaiser Permanente’s innovative and integrated approach to patient health and care, the school will redesign physician education around strategic pillars that include providing high-quality care beyond traditional medical settings, acknowledging the central importance of collaboration and teamwork to inform treatment decisions, and addressing disparities in health.

In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Ellison was privileged to serve on the board of directors of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, working with more than 650 SCPMG physicians and thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees who volunteered to provide care and support to more than 6,300 athletes, thus furthering the Special Olympics mission of inclusion and support for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and contributing to one of the most successful World Games in Special Olympics history.

Dr. Ellison joined SCPMG in 1984 as a family medicine physician. He served in multiple roles, including president of the Professional Staff, chief of staff, physician director of the Performance Improvement Committee, physician director Primary Care Services, founding faculty of Orange County’s Family Medicine Residency Program and assistant area medical director. In 2002, Dr. Ellison was appointed area medical director for Orange County and joined SCPMG’s Board of Directors. He is a past recipient of Orange County’s Family Medicine Physician of the Year.

After completing his undergraduate degree at Duke University, Dr. Ellison 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.

Dr. Ellison is board certified in Family Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has attended the Advanced Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

Recognized for its high-quality outcomes, an emphasis on disease prevention, and affordable health care, Dr. Ellison believes Permanente Medicine and Kaiser Permanente’s coordinated, integrated model provides an answer to health care in America and that the people of Kaiser Permanente are its peerless advantage.

In his spare time, Dr. Ellison is an avid skier and traveler, enjoys time with family, favors a plant-based diet, tries to get enough sleep and always takes the stairs.