Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Appoints Lara Khouri as Chief Operating Officer

LOS ANGELES (DATE TBD) — Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has appointed Lara Khouri, MBA, MPH, to be Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role, Khouri is responsible for overseeing operational performance across the CHLA enterprise, working closely with clinical and administrative leaders to develop and improve processes, procedures and systems while addressing patient care needs, patient and team member experience, and CHLA’s impact in the broader community.

“Since joining our leadership team in 2015, CHLA has benefited immeasurably from Lara’s dynamic leadership,” says Paul S. Viviano, President and Chief Executive Officer at CHLA. “Her unwavering compassion and commitment to creating hope and building a healthier future for every child, combined with her vast expertise in strategic organizational development, will lead CHLA into the next stage of its growth and expansion.”

Khouri most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer since December 2020, and has held several other leadership roles during her CHLA tenure. She brings more than 20 years of experience in health care administration, performance management, quality, cost-performance measurement and improvement, integrated care models and value-based payment models. 

Since coming to CHLA, Khouri has led the development of dozens of pediatric programs that bring together world-class, multidisciplinary experts to care for the most complex patients. Her financial and operational expertise has paved the way for the hospital to advance critical research and patient care efforts, including an $8.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term effects of COVID-19. Under her leadership, CHLA has become the leading pediatrics facility in Los Angeles County, marked by a 66% growth in market share and market leadership in Cancer, Heart, Neurosciences and Orthopedics.

“We have a unique opportunity to reimagine the way we deliver family-centered care to the Los Angeles community and beyond by developing the best practices of today and setting the gold standards of tomorrow,” says Khouri. “I am honored to collaborate with industry-leading doctors, nurses, researchers and partners to ensure we are providing access to high-quality, specialized and personalized care for every child, regardless of their background or circumstances. Our belief that every child deserves a healthier future is the driving force that will continue to accelerate CHLA’s quality of care, research and innovation well into the future.”

Khouri’s commitment to outstanding clinical care for patients and families from every walk of life is reflected in CHLA’s recognition by several distinguished medical and management surveys, including multiple successive top-10 national rankings in the U.S. News’ Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals.

Khouri serves as a trusted board member and advisor for several organizations, including the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, Women in Health Administration of Southern California, The American Hospital Association Maternal Child Health Council, the American Hospital Association Population and Community Health Advisory Committee, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management Alumni Advisory Board, and the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) Children’s Services Advisory Group.

Khouri earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University; she has undergraduate degrees in geography and economics from George Washington University.

About Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the forefront of pediatric medicine, offering acclaimed care to children from across the world, the country and the greater Southern California region. Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest provider of care for children in Los Angeles County, the No. 1 pediatric hospital in California and the Pacific region, and is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals. Clinical expertise spans the pediatric care continuum for newborns to young adults, from everyday preventive medicine to the most medically complex cases. Inclusive, compassionate, child- and family-friendly clinical care is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Physicians translate the new discoveries, treatments and cures proven through the work of scientists in The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles—among the top 10 children’s hospitals for National Institutes of Health funding—to bring answers to families faster. The hospital also is home to one of the largest training programs for pediatricians in the United States. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter, and visit our blog at CHLA.org/blog

Contact: Lorenzo Benet, Director of Public Relations, e: lbenet@chla.usc.edu p: 323-361-4823