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From the desk of Doug Lawson, PhD

Doug Lawson, PhD, serves as CEO of the St. Luke's Health system. Learn more about his leadership experience by viewing his full bio.

As CEO, I am committed to creating an environment for our health system to do good in the community, ensuring equitable access to care for all who need it. I believe that building and maintaining a culture of empathetic communication is the best way to deliver high-value, high-quality care. The road to success is always about putting people first. 

It is my honor to speak directly with our community, both the people we serve and our hard-working caregivers, whenever possible. The resources on this page are here to amplify that communication and bring us all together as one health system, united in our shared goal of humankindness.


Messages from the CEO

View video messages from Doug Lawson to our communities across Texas.

Health Care Career Pathways

Freemon Walker and other leaders at St. Luke's Health discuss CommonSpirit Health's Career Pathways program.

Lunch with Lawson | Podcast

The Smart Health Podcast

The Smart Health Podcast connects legitimate experts in the field with the listener to answer important, topical health and wellness questions in an informative and entertaining platform. Never afraid to ask why or how, your host, Kevin Keys, has a passion for keeping the public properly informed about health and wellness. Join Kevin, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with a MS in Kinesiology and background in Health, Wellness, and Personal Training as he satisfies his curious brain and seeks life-changing information to share with you… the listener. Discover how you can elevate your health and take on your goals with confidence. Don't forget to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode, and as always… Be informed – Stay healthy – Live well.


In the news

Keep up with the latest events and information from St. Luke’s Health and our entire health system. Visit our newsroom, or find the latest articles featuring Doug Lawson.


Looking after Houston hearts

As president of the American Heart Association Houston chapter, St. Luke’s Health CEO Doug Lawson, PhD, has an unwavering commitment and immense passion for heart health awareness. One of Dr. Lawson’s main priorities in his AHA role is increasing access to healthy food and preventive care, which both contribute to a healthier heart and overall lifestyle.

“Education on healthy lifestyles, especially with our youth, and removing the barriers that make healthy living a challenge, have the power to transform our community,” said Doug Lawson.

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  • Ensure Equitable Access to Care

  • Build and Maintain a Culture of Empathetic Communications 

  • Deliver High-Value, High-Quality Care

Lunch with Lawson | Podcast