Paul S. Viviano joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as a member of the Board of Trustees in 2015. Viviano has enjoyed three decades of success leading academic medical centers, for-profit health care organizations and nonprofit community hospitals.
Prior to joining CHLA, Viviano served as the chief executive officer of UC San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor of UC San Diego Health Sciences. There he oversaw the entire $1.7 billion UC San Diego health care enterprise, which included leading-edge medical care; training of medical students, residents and fellows; responsibility for the faculty practice plan and patient care delivery for two teaching hospitals—UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest and UC San Diego Thornton Hospital—with a combined licensed capacity of 563 beds and staffed by more than 9,000 employees and 1,300 faculty members.
Prior to his work at UCSD, Viviano served as board chairman and CEO of Alliance HealthCare Services—a for-profit, publicly traded organization that serves as the nation’s largest provider of advanced outpatient diagnostic imaging services and a national leader in delivery of radiation oncology services. During his time at Alliance, Viviano developed the strategic vision for the organization, expanded its use of technology and enhanced overall value for investors.
Preceding his role at Alliance, Viviano served as president and chief executive officer of USC University Hospital and USC/Norris Cancer Hospital, a private research and teaching hospital that is a designated comprehensive cancer center with more than 200 basic scientists, physicians and faculty members. Additionally, Viviano held various hospital and regional chief executive positions within the St. Joseph Health System in Orange, California, including Health System president and chief operating officer. He’s also served as president and CEO of Long Beach Community Hospital and CEO of Los Alamitos Medical Center.
Viviano serves in leadership capacities on various community and health care organizations. He is chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Children’s Hospital Association (CCHA) and a member of the California Hospital Association (CHA), where he serves on the Public Policy Committee and as co-chair of Medicaid CEO National Advisory Committee. Paul also serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees at Loyola Marymount University. Previously, he served as Los Angeles Central Area chair and board member of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), as well as chair of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. He was named a 2016 Leader of Today Honoree by the Health Policy and Management Alumni Association of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; and one of the LA500, LA's Most-Influential, in 2018 and 2017 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Viviano is a California native and earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree in public administration-public health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his wife, Carole, look forward to living in the greater Los Angeles area in the near future. Viviano has two daughters and three grandchildren.