T. Douglas Lawson, Ph.D., FACHE
President, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
President, Central Division, Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas
T. Douglas Lawson serves as president of the Central Region of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas, where he is responsible for the leadership and management of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie and Baylor Jack & Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. The central region represents more than 42,000 annual hospital admissions, 227,000 outpatient visits and more than 156,000 emergency room visits.
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas) is a 952-bed not-for-profit academic medical center and is the flagship hospital of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas. Baylor Dallas is a nationally recognized leader in oncology; transplantation; digestive and hepatobiliary disease; cardiovascular and thoracic care; orthopedics; neuroscience; and women's and children's services.
Prior to becoming president, Lawson served Baylor University Medical Center for three years as chief operating officer where he facilitated the redesign of surgical registration and admissions processes, and improved key organizational metrics, including patient satisfaction and hospital acquired conditions. In addition, Lawson worked with the senior leadership team to develop a long-term plan to modernize the campus and transition more than 1,300 medical staff members and students, and 3,000 clinical staff, to a comprehensive electronic medical order entry system and clinical documentation system.
Lawson began his health care career as an administrative resident and later administrative coordinator for cancer and prevention care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic. His knowledge and experience in running a comprehensive oncology program led to many accomplishments when managing other cancer programs, first at Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute, and subsequently with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Network. Lawson later served as the president and chief executive officer of The Cancer Institute, LLC, a non-profit joint venture of Saint Luke’s Health System and Health Midwest in Kansas City, Missouri.
Successive accomplishments allowed Lawson to rise to a senior vice president and chief operating officer position at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a not-for-profit teaching hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, where he managed all ancillary, clinical and core hospital operations and infrastructure for three years. In 2007, Lawson returned to Texas and became president of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, now Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine. During a five-year tenure in Grapevine, his leadership facilitated a Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Foundation of Texas; a VHA Leadership award for patient care of MI and CHF; and significant gains in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, risk-adjusted mortality and operating income.
Lawson is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a doctorate in philosophy from Dallas Baptist University. Lawson is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.