Diversity Leadership: Dr. Ronald Copeland, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Ronald Copeland

Senior Vice President, National Diversity Strategy and Policy and Chief Diversity Officer
Kaiser Permanente


Dr. Ronald Copeland has led Kaiser Permanente‘s efforts to use electronic health records to improve the quality of care for patients from traditionally underserved groups. “His vision and dedication to this work has enabled the organization to track, research and improve health outcomes for diverse members and has made Kaiser a recognized leader in the efforts to eliminate health disparities,” retiring Kaiser CEO George Halvorson said in a press release.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Copeland works with the Permanente Federation, leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Culturally Competent Care, chairs the Kaiser Permanente National Diversity Council and is a member of the Kaiser Permanente Office of Diversity Oversight.

He previously served as President and Executive Medical Director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group, which he joined in 1988 after completing a six-year tour in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. Copeland is a board-certified general surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Copeland earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has completed the Kaiser Permanente Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and the Executive Management Series in Health at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He is also a graduate of Leadership Cleveland.

Copeland is a member of the board of trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine.

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