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Ronald L. Copeland
Senior Vice President, National Diversity and Inclusion/Kaiser Permanente

Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, is senior vice president of National Diversity and Inclusion strategy and policy and chief Diversity and Inclusion officer for Kaiser Permanente. He leads Kaiser Permanente's Programwide efforts to ensure our strategic vision for diversity and inclusion is successfully implemented to drive strategic business and mission outcomes.

A board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Copeland joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 after a six-year honorable tour of duty in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. Prior to his current role, Dr. Copeland served as president and executive medical director of the Ohio Permanente Medical Group. The Rochester, N.Y., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from University of Cincinnati Medical College. He completed his residency in general surgery at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Copeland is a member of the Council of U.S. Diversity and Inclusion Executives of The Conference Board; a fellow of The American College of Surgeons; a member of the advisory panel for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; a member of Advancing Women Executives; a board member of the National Organization on Disability; a committee member of the National Quality Forum Disparities Standing Committee; and a member of True Blue Inclusion.