Kaytura (Kay) Felix, MD, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2016, bringing her technical and lived experience in leadership development, collaboration, and coaching to the Foundation’s mission to advance a Culture of Health through leadership. She heads RWJF’s efforts to develop leaders through its many programs. These programs support leaders in developing the vision as well as the conversational skills and capacities to come together—across health care settings, disciplines, and sectors—to build healthier and more equitable communities where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.
Previously, Felix was an executive coach and speaker for ISL Coaching, a company she founded to help physicians, nurses, and other health professionals cultivate the conversational and coordination skills needed to improve performance and enhance their organizations. She established, within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Community Health Applied Research Network (CHARN), the first patient-centered outcomes research program for underserved communities. She also served, within DHHS, as chief medical officer, director of quality and data, chief of the quality data branch, senior advisor on minority health, and medical officer. In addition she helped launch the National Health Plan Disparities Collaborative, which RWJF and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) co-funded.
From 1997 to 1999, Felix was an RWJF Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Felix earned a BS from the University of South Florida and an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Originally from the small Caribbean island of Dominica, she now resides outside Philadelphia. In her spare time she enjoys hikings, cooking, and Tai Chi yoga.