Christopher G. Dawes
President & CEO
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Christopher G. Dawes is president and chief executive officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health.
He has led the hospital since 1997, following five years of service as chief operating officer. Under his guidance, the 311-bed hospital, research center and leading regional medical network has been continually ranked as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and is an industry leader in patient safety and innovation while providing a full complement of services for children and expectant mothers. Dawes is proud of the tremendous growth and success of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and its clinical, research, education and community benefit programs. He is currently leading a hospital expansion, opening in 2017, that will double the hospital’s size and add 145 patient rooms, space for advanced diagnostic and treatment therapies, expanded support services and the latest in sustainable design practices.
In 2014, Dawes added the responsibility of leading Stanford Children’s Health, the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest and most successful enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. It’s part of a pediatric and obstetric network that provides world-class care and extraordinary outcomes across the Bay Area, Northern California, and the U.S. western region.
Long an advocate for children’s health, Dawes is former chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions and also the National Association of Children’s Hospitals, both now a part of the Children’s Hospital Association. He has also served on the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association.
In addition, Dawes is a board member of the California Hospital Association and their executive committee, the Santa Clara Family Health Plan, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Dawes previously served as chief operating officer for pediatric and obstetric services at UCSF Stanford Health Care. He has also held senior management positions at Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center, San Francisco; and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose. Dawes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from San Diego State University in 1974 and an MBA from McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco in 1984. He resides with his wife and children in Los Altos, California.