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Raymond J. Baxter, PhD

Senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy

Last update: June 25, 2014



Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, is Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. As a member of Kaiser Permanente’s National Executive Team, Dr. Baxter leads the organization’s activities to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low-income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship and support for community-based organizations. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s work in research, health policy and diversity, and serves as president of Kaiser Permanente International.

Dr. Baxter has more than 35 years of experience managing public health, hospital, long-term care and mental health programs, including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Dr. Baxter also led The Lewin Group, a noted health policy firm. Dr. Baxter holds a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

He serves on the advisory boards of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and the Duke University Institute for Health Innovation; the boards of the CDC Foundation and the Global Agenda Council on Health of the World Economic Forum; and is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Healthcare.

In 2001 the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health honored him as a Public Health Hero for his service in the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. In September 2006 he received the CDC Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, and for his longstanding commitment to improving the health of communities.