R. Lawrence Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP is president and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. With more than 25 years as an academic surgeon and physician executive, Dr. Moss became increasingly concerned by how America’s health care system narrowly defines health and consistently incentivizes complexity and volume of medical services over outcomes. He decided to focus the next phase of his career on transforming the definition of health in children and fundamentally changing the financial incentives determining children’s care.
With more than 1.9 million patient encounters annually, Nemours Children’s provides medical care in five states through two freestanding state-of-the-art children’s hospitals — Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware and Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida. Nemours Children’s pediatric network includes 75 primary- specialty- and urgent care practices, and more than 40 hospitalists serving 23 affiliated hospitals. The Nemours App offers on-demand, online video patient visits providing parents peace of mind 24/7 with telehealth services delivered by board-certified pediatricians.
Nemours Children’s also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens at KidsHealth.org. Nemours Children’s ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to ensuring reading success in young children, as child health and learning are inextricably linked, and reading level is a strong predictor of adult health. Nemours Children’s provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy, and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.
Dr. Moss is a renowned pediatric surgeon, biomedical researcher, educator, author, and health system executive. He has been recognized among Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He has served as Director of Quality Improvement programs in both pediatric and adult academic medical centers and is internationally recognized for leadership in health care quality and safety. He is a founding member of two American College of Surgeons programs for developing quality standards for children’s surgery nationally. He has represented the interests of children in roles with the FDA, NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Quality Forum among others.
Dr. Moss is an accomplished research scientist with a track record of federal funding, high-impact peer reviewed publications, and creating and leading successful research centers of excellence. He led a research program continually funded by the NIH for over 15 years.
He joined Nemours Children’s after serving as Surgeon-in-Chief at Nationwide Children’s and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospitals. Dr. Moss has held endowed professorships at Yale and The Ohio State Universities and served on the faculty at Stanford University.