Raymond J. Baxter, PhD


Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, currently leads the Blue Shield of California Foundation. Its mission is to make California the healthiest state and to end domestic violence. For the prior 15 years, Baxter was Kaiser Permanente's senior vice president for community benefit, research and health policy. There he built the largest community benefit program in the United States, investing over $2 billion annually in community health. He led Kaiser Permanente’s signature national health improvement partnerships, including the Weight of the Nation, the Convergence Partnership and the Partnership for a Healthier America. He established Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research, its national genomics research bank and was an early sponsor of its new medical school. He also served as president of KP International and chaired Kaiser Permanente’s field-leading environmental stewardship work.

Previously he headed the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and The Lewin Group. Dr. Baxter holds a doctorate from Princeton University. 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 2006, he received the CDC Foundation Hero Award for addressing the health consequences of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.

He currently serves on the advisory board of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and is a trustee of the Blue Shield of California Foundation.