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Mark Laret    

Healthcare Industry Board Member & Advisor; President & CEO Emeritus UCSF Health

Mark Laret is a nationally known healthcare industry board member and advisor with four decades of executive experience leading, building, and expanding premier hospitals and healthcare systems. He serves on the boards of several healthcare companies, including, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Collective Health, Regard, and the California Health Care Foundation. He is also an advisor to SEMCAP health fund and InStride, a public benefit corporation providing workforce education and training. He previously served on two public company boards: Nuance Communications (acquired by Microsoft) and Varian Medical Systems (acquired by Siemens).

Throughout his career at three academic medical centers, Laret has driven advancements in healthcare quality, safety, equity, affordability, and patient experience across the continuum of care. Appointed CEO of UCSF Medical Center in April 2000, Laret engineered a financial and operational turnaround and, over 21 years, grew annual revenues tenfold to $6 billion, expanded outpatient care fivefold, doubled inpatient care, and tripled the workforce to 15,000, while achieving Top 10 U.S. Hospital recognition for two decades. He led the expansion of UCSF Health from a single hospital to a regional network of hospitals, physician groups, and outpatient clinics and founded Canopy Health, a Bay Area health insurance company. Mark retired as President & CEO of UCSF Health in December 2021.

Prior to UCSF, Laret led UC Irvine Medical Center and health system as CEO for five years. He began his career at UCLA Medical Center and spent 15 years in various leadership positions building UCLA's healthcare network.

A respected voice nationwide, Laret chaired the Council of Teaching Hospitals, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the California Hospital Association.

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