The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Board of Directors for FY20 is comprised of distinguished individuals dedicated to LLS's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Board membership is a voluntary position and LLS does not compensate members for their service to the organization nor do we reimburse them for travel to quarterly Board meetings.
Ralph E. Lawson is a widely acclaimed expert in United States Healthcare. He has testified before Congress and has spoken at hundreds of healthcare meetings and conferences nationally and internationally. During his 30-year tenure as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Baptist Health South Florida, Inc., he was instrumental in expanding Baptist from a single hospital in Miami to the largest provider of healthcare services in South Florida. Baptist now operates eleven hospitals and more than 100 outpatient facilities and physician practices in four counties with more than 23,000 employees. Before joining Baptist Health in 1989, Lawson was a general partner with Deloitte responsible for the Florida healthcare practice. He meets the Sarbanes Oxley and SEC definition of an Audit Committee Financial Expert. Presently, Lawson serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, and is the Chairman of the Board of Catholic Health Services, the largest provider of post-acute healthcare services in Florida. He is the past national chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, with more than 40,000 members and 68 chapters. Lawson is retained by Navigant, Inc., as a National Advisor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Colorado, and a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As a 25-year cancer survivor, he is deeply sensitive to the ravages of the various cancer diseases. He has long been an LLS champion and philanthropist, including serving three times as the chair or co-chair of the Light The Night Walk in Miami.