Bernard J. Tyson (January 20, 1959 – November 10, 2019)[1] was an American health executive. He was the CEO of integrated managed care consortium Kaiser Permanente, the largest such organization in the United States, which provides health care to 12 million people.

Bernard Tyson
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Tyson speaking at the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018
Born(1959-01-20)January 20, 1959
DiedNovember 10, 2019(2019-11-10) (aged 60)
Alma materGolden Gate University
OccupationHealthcare executive
EmployerKaiser Permanente
TitleChief executive officer

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Vallejo, California[2] and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Tyson received a Bachelor's degree in health service management and an MBA degree in health service administration from Golden Gate University.[1][3]


Tyson was previously president and chief operating officer of the company for two years. His promotion was announced November 5, 2012,[4] and he was the first African American to hold the position.[5] Tyson worked at Kaiser for over 34 years.[6]

Board memberships and awardsEdit

He was named the third most influential person in health care by Modern Healthcare in 2015,[7] and the second-most influential person in health care in 2014.[8]

Tyson was included on the 2017 Time 100 Most Influential People list as a leading authority on public health in America.[9] Tyson was also selected among Time magazine's 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018.

He served on the board of the American Heart Association.[1]


Tyson died in Oakland, California on November 10, 2019 at the age of 60.[10]


At Bernard Tyson's memorial service in San Francisco on November 18 at the Chase Center, it was announced that Kaiser's new medical school in Pasadena will be named the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. The school is scheduled to receive its first class in the summer of 2020.[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Bernard J. Tyson: Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals". Kaiser Permanente. December 10, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Moleski, Vincent (November 20, 2019). "Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson, 60, dies unexpectedly". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Narayan, Shwankia. "Bernard Tyson, Kaiser Permanente CEO, dies at 60". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Terhune, Chad (November 6, 2012). "Kaiser promotes Tyson to be CEO, chairman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 9, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "How Did I Get Here? Bernard Tyson". Bloomberg L.P. January 2015.
  7. ^ "Modern Healthcare".
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  9. ^ "Bernard J. Tyson: The World's 100 Most Influential People". Time. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Cranley, Ellen (November 10, 2019). "Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson has died unexpectedly at the age of 60". Business Insider. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "School of medicine announces name change to honor Tyson's support for creating a new, diverse generation of physicians poised to be advocates for patients and communities". Kaiser Permanente. Retrieved November 23, 2019.