GW MFA Names Ronald Laxton, DNP, MSN, RN, as the Chief Nursing and Allied Health Executive

August 5, 2020

The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates (GW MFA) is pleased to announce that Ronald Laxton, DNP, MSN, RN, a regional leader in health care nursing operations, will serve as its first chief nursing and allied health services executive.

In this new role, Dr. Laxton will be responsible for establishing and maintaining excellent clinical quality in nursing and allied health practice and working collaboratively across organizational lines to facilitate operations and ensure patient needs are met. He also is tasked with designing and implementing systems to ensure accreditation standards are met. Laxton will provide leadership for advancing, developing, refining, and innovating nursing clinical delivery operations throughout the GW academic clinical enterprise.

Laxton Ron smiling, wearing a suit

Dr. Laxton comes to the GW MFA from the University of Maryland Medical System where he served as senior vice president and chief nurse executive. He recently provided his expertise as a quality, safety, and operational consultant to health systems, navigating accreditation standards and federal guidelines, and developing quality and sustainable operational plans.

“Ron brings a wealth of experience to the MFA, having served in leadership roles with various health systems across the U.S.,” said GW MFA Chief Operating Officer Ben Riestra. “His leadership will bridge exceptional patient care delivery with operational excellence – which will result in a top-notch working environment and patient experience.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Laxton has served across the health care c-suite, developing organizational change plans, leading accreditation standards, and finding collaborative approaches across service lines, all with a focus on delivering quality patient centered care. Laxton’s experience in complex hospital, academic, and health care system settings, as well as his ability to develop collaborative approaches in health care delivery, will enable him to seamlessly integrate into the GW MFA systems.

“I am excited to be a part of the dynamic team at the MFA and contribute my expertise to provide the best possible patient and family experience,” said Laxton. “The GW MFA is positioned to be the regional leader in outpatient medical care. We can accomplish this by exceeding clinical standards, developing a positive employee culture, and by implementing clinical processes that lead to operational excellence. I look forward to working in partnership with the talented clinicians and staff at the GW MFA to make this happen.”


About the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates—The GW MFA was incorporated in July 2000 as a non-profit, physician-led practice group. The GW MFA is now the largest independent physician practice group in the Washington, D.C., metro region with more than 750 providers, 52 specialties, and more than 30

locations. Our physicians provide comprehensive patient care, offering one practice for the whole person with 52 medical and surgical specialties. As members of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences faculty, our providers are teachers and mentors for medical students, residents, and researchers preserving our rich tradition of academics, research, and healing. In addition to maintaining a close alliance with the George Washington University and the GW Hospital, the GW MFA has active referring relationships with 12 area hospitals. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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