Ronald A. Paulus, MD

President and CEO, RAPMD Strategic Advisors

Ronald A. Paulus, MD, is President and CEO of RAPMD Strategic Advisors, Executive In Residence with General Catalyst and immediate past President and CEO of Mission Health, a $2 billion integrated health system serving all of western North Carolina. During his tenure, Mission Health doubled employee engagement scores to more than twice the national average and became the only health system ever designated as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in six of seven six years (IBM Watson Health, 2012-2018). Mission closed a transformative transaction with HCA Healthcare in February 2019 creating the Dogwood Health Trust, America’s largest per capita Foundation. Dogwood is dedicated to impacting the social determinants of health to dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of western North Carolina.

Before joining Mission Health, Dr. Paulus was EVP, Clinical Operations and Chief Innovation Officer for Geisinger Health System. Prior to Geisinger, Dr. Paulus was co-founder, President and CEO of CareScience, Inc. (a NASDAQ company), later acquired by Premier, Inc.

Dr. Paulus received his MD degree from The School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA, concentration in healthcare management, and BS in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous boards and speaks regularly on health care quality and efficiency, innovation, physician and health system leadership and new models of care. Dr. Paulus has been named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders several times, and was recently among the Top 15 on that list.

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