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ExamiNATION: Episode 5

St. Luke's Health presents ExamiNATION, a video series focusing on Houston's ongoing efforts to achieve health equity. Episode 5 explores the issue of human trafficking in our region, the ways that healthcare providers are helping survivors recover from this traumatic situation, and the critical role that the Mayor’s Office of Human Trafficking is playing in addressing the problem in Houston. 

From the desk of Doug Lawson, PhD

At St. Luke's Health, we are committed to creating an environment for our health system to do good in the community and ensure equitable access to care for all who need it. Building and maintaining a culture of empathetic communication—and putting people first—is the best way to deliver high-value, high-quality care to every person we serve. 

I am honored to have this forum to communicate with you, the people we serve as well as all of our staff and volunteers, about the ways in which our shared goal of  humankindness unites us as one health system, serving all communities, in which each of us plays a vital role. 

I hope you will spend a few moments to watch a video, listen to a podcast, and learn more about our latest news and developments on the front lines of healthcare and how we at St. Luke’s Health are building a more just, equitable healthcare system for all. 

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.

About Dr. Lawson

Biography of T. Douglas Lawson, PhD

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
St. Luke's Health 

Doug Lawson, PhD has built a nearly 20-year career in healthcare administration in several executive leadership roles. Recognized for his patient-centric focus, Dr. Lawson has established a solid track record of leading hospitals and health systems, and vastly improving the patient experience.  

Dr. Lawson's Pillars

  • Ensure Equitable Access to Care

  • Build and Maintain a Culture of Empathetic Communications 

  • Deliver High-Value, High-Quality Care

U.S. News & World Report

U.S News & World Report has recognized Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for several specialties.