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Traveling the World and Sharing a Passion for Helping Others

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About the David Lawrence Community Service Award

For more than a decade, the David Lawrence Community Service Award has recognized Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians throughout our regions who champion outstanding volunteer activities and initiatives to improve the health of our communities. The annual award is named in honor of David M. Lawrence, MD, former chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, and a lifelong advocate for improving community health.

Two awardees are selected annually in each region for their significant contributions to improving the overall health of a community or population. Their commitments are focused on health and social issues, including increasing access to health care for the underserved, eliminating disparities in health outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities, and addressing the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age that can impact their health.  

This year’s Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region winners are Tony B. Lee, MD and the Alliance of Jamaican and American Humanitarians. They will each receive a $10,000 charitable contribution from Kaiser Permanente to the nonprofit organizations of their choice.

Tony B. Lee, MD, Family Medicine - Fontana Medical Center

Tony B. Lee, MD, is the co-founder and medical director of the Medical Task Force (MTF) International. He has led medical missions for more than 15 years to Bolivia, Columbia, Guatemala, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. Dr. Lee’s passion for helping others continues to motivate health care providers throughout the region to join him in his travels to provide health care in areas of the world that are underserved. By providing health and dental care, glasses, food and immunizations, MTF has helped over 20,000 people living in poverty improve their health and quality of life. In addition, through his organization’s educational seminars, he is growing capacity in the countries he visits and developing local medical students to continue his work well into the future. 

Dr. Lee exemplifies the passion and values of Kaiser Permanente’s mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.