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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, senior vice president for health care at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and an expert on aging, has been named president and CEO of the foundation, the largest health philanthropy in the U.S.

Lavizzo-Mourey, who joined the foundation in 2001 after serving as a professor of medicine and health care systems at the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will succeed Steven A. Schroeder when he retires this December.

Lavizzo-Mourey also directed the university’s Institute on Aging and was chief of its medical school’s division of geriatric medicine.

From 1992 to 1994, she was deputy administrator of the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, while on leave from Penn. She also held faculty appointments at the university’s Wharton School of Finance and its School of Nursing.

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