Margaret Ferguson, MD, MBA, MPH, is interim president and executive medical director of the Washington Permanente Medical Group. As part of one of the state’s largest multispecialty medical group practices, WPMG’s more than clinicians include physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, midwives, and psychologists who care for more than Washingtonians.
In her interim role, Dr. Ferguson leads the implementation of certain elements of the region’s transformation and will provide a smooth transition to WPMG’s permanent executive medical director.
Dr. Ferguson retired from Colorado Permanente Medical Group in 2021 after leading the organization through a transformation that included operational changes and rapid adaptation in a competitive industry. Dr. Ferguson joined Colorado Permanente Medical Group in 2004 and held various positions including pediatric hospitalist physician lead, physician director of resource stewardship, and vice president of affordability and, in her final role, was the first woman to lead CPMG as executive medical director.
While at CPMG, she served as a national sponsor for Kaiser Permanente’s Digital Action Team. She has a deep interest in building health care systems that integrate digital and virtual care. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of such systems, and her support and encouragement of digital and virtual work continues to accelerate.
A pediatric intensive care and flight nurse for almost 8 years, Dr. Ferguson earned her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She then trained in pediatrics and pediatric critical care and served as the medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Dr. Ferguson completed her MBA in 2016 from the University of Colorado Denver and her Master of Public Health from George Washington University in 2022.