Lawrence Schecter, MD

career background

EXECUTIVE COACH/CONSULTANT -- Dr. Schecter hails from Philadelphia, the land of cheese steaks and hoagies. He developed his love of surgery soon after graduating from Dickinson College and entering Hahnemann Medical School. After serving as an Air Force Flight Surgeon, he trained in General Surgery in the Veterans’ Administration and UCLA systems. His affiliation with UCLA lasted throughout his medical career as both a teacher and administrator in the UCLA health system. Larry received numerous teaching awards, and his experience teaching has proven to be the perfect foundation for his most recent career transition to professional coach.

Larry practiced General Surgery in Santa Monica, California, for 30 years. During that time, he took on multiple leadership positions, including Chairman of Surgery at both St. John’s Hospital and Santa Monica Hospital. Although he was a widely recognized and respected surgeon, Larry’s love of teaching and his leadership skills led him towards larger administrative responsibilities, culminating in an appointment as Chief Medical Officer of Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine.

With the completion of his illustrious career as surgeon, administrator and leader in the medical community, Larry and his family moved to the Northwest in 2003 when he became Chief Medical Officer of Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA, a large tertiary regional referral center. In Everett, he created a highly successful Physician Leadership Development program that was later incorporated throughout the greater Providence Health and Services System. He was the architect and leader in the development of a unique and innovative re-structuring of the medical staff at Providence Everett which has become a model for many other institutions.

The affiliation of Providence Health and Services with Swedish Health System led Larry to become the Chief Medical Officer of the newly formed Western Washington Region of Providence. His experience, knowledge and people skills were well suited for the clinical integration efforts required of such a large affiliation.

The combination of teacher, mentor, innovator and humanist made Larry’s transition into coaching and consulting a natural evolution. He completed an intensive year long training and certification program at The Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, California, and quickly thereafter earned his certification in the International Coach Federation.

Larry now dedicates himself to the development of physician leaders through direct coaching and is a consultant for both public and private sectors of the healthcare industry. A particular “sweet spot” is Larry’s ability to manage and resolve conflicts between individuals and organizations.


Healthcare Management, Consulting, and Coaching; Physician Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Physician Relations, Process Improvement, Change Management, Quality and Process Improvement, Team Building, Informatics.American Board of Surgery Certification, May 1974; The Hudson Institute of Coaching, June 2014; International Coach Federation Certification, August 2014

industry background & education

Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science; Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Doctor of Medicine; U.S.A.F. Hospital, Wright-Patterson, Fairborn, OH, Internship; Wadsworth Veterans Hospital, Los Angeles, California, General Surgery Residency.

noted accomplishments

  • The Western Washington Region of Providence Health & Services was formed to foster the integrative efforts of the Affiliation between Swedish Health System and Providence. As Chief Medical Officer, Lawrence had primary responsibility for the integration of clinical programs within a region consisting of 8 hospitals,40 clinics and approximately 1200 employed physicians.
  • As Chief Medical Officer of the Northwest Washington Region of Providence Health & Services, Lawrence had primary responsibility for Quality, Patient Safety, Medical Staff Affairs and Clinical Performance for a 491 bed hospital. As a member of the senior leadership team, other responsibilities included alignment strategy, physician contracting, clinical resource utilization and clinical informatics. The position involved a major focus on conflict resolution, coaching, mentoring and physician leadership development.