David T. Alexander, MD
David’s career as a pediatrician and advocate for children spans more than three decades. He is currently President of Leading for Kids, which was established in 2018 with initial funding from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health with the mission to create a society that puts children first.
From 2007 to 2018, David served as President and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, where his many accomplishments included leading the Foundation’s fundraising efforts, resulting in more than $800 million raised during his tenure. David also worked to actively engage clinical staff and board members in philanthropy and personally led solicitation efforts resulting in several transformational gifts.
David served as President for Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 2002 to 2005, directing all aspects of operations including strategic planning, clinical quality, physician alignment and community relations.
For nine years, David was Medical Director and Administrator at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to Blank Children’s, he served as Medical Director and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1988 to 1993.
From 1984 to 1988, David served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University, where, in 1987, he was named “Pediatric Faculty Member of the Year.”
He has served on numerous boards including The Woodmark Group Board of Directors and Stanford Child Health Research Institute Board of Directors – serving on both from 2010 to 2018. He sits on four editorial boards related to pediatric medicine and is, himself, a published author.
Redwood City, California
- Yale University, B.S.
- Columbia University, M.D.