Ed Ellison, MD, is co-chief executive officer of The Permanente Federation, a consortium of all the Permanente Medical Groups in the nation, supporting the work of Permanente physicians in the 8 Kaiser Permanente regions across the country. In this role, Dr. Ellison and co-CEO, Richard Isaacs, MD, provide leadership and strategic direction to all the Permanente Medical Groups, and to Kaiser Permanente nationally.
Since 2012, Dr. Ellison has also served as executive medical director and chairman of the board for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. SCPMG is one of the largest self-governing medical groups in the country, consisting of physicians caring for Kaiser Permanente members in medical offices and hospitals across Southern California.
Dr. Ellison serves as the chairman of the board and CEO of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Georgia and is a founding board member of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. He is also chairman and CEO of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. Prior to these roles, Dr. Ellison was the area medical director for SCPMG’s Orange County Service Area, leading more than 600 physicians in caring for 430,000 members in 2 hospitals and 19 medical offices.
Dr. Ellison joined SCPMG in 1984. He is board certified in family medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Ellison is an avid skier and traveler, enjoys time with family, favors a plant-based diet, and always takes the stairs.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Duke University, he received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency training in family medicine at Halifax Hospital Medical Center, University of South Florida, where he served as chief resident.