Chief Executive Officer, Doctors Hospital
Nelson Lazo is the chief executive officer of Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, both part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare organization in the region. Doctors Hospital has been providing high-quality care for the community since its inception in 1949. As CEO, Mr. Lazo is responsible for overall administrative and operational management of the 281-bed, acute-care hospital and its more than 900 employees and the Institute — a Baptist Health Center of Excellence that provides world-class orthopedics and sports medicine care at eight locations.
Mr. Lazo was named to his current position in January 2010 after serving as CEO of Baptist Health’s Mariners Hospital in Tavernier for three years. Prior to joining Baptist Health, he served as chief operating officer for Parkway Regional Medical Center in North Miami Beach; senior vice president and CEO of McNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill.; CEO and regional director of operations for HealthSouth Corporation; director of regional operations for Phymatrix in Atlanta; vice president of healthcare services for the Coker Group in Atlanta; vice president of operations for United Medical Corporation in Orlando; and vice president of support services as well as associate administrator for Miami’s Mercy Hospital.
Mr. Lazo received his Bachelor of Science degree from Barry University in 1984. He went on to get his master’s degree in business administration in 1990 from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. In 2015, Barry University honored Mr. Lazo with a Distinguished Alumni Award for his achievements, contributions to the community and support of the university. He also was inducted into the 2010 Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame in the field of healthcare.
He is active in many community organizations including serving on the Coral Gables Community Foundation Board and the Coral Gables Chamber Board as chair-elect. Mr. Lazo also served as chairman for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Foundation and co-chairman of the Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal initiative. He is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee as well as the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served as chairman of the board for the Health Council of South Florida, Inc., and also served as chairman of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Board.
Mr. Lazo and his wife, Olga, reside in Coral Gables. They are the parents of two grown children. He is an avid sportsman, enjoying activities such as fishing, boating and tennis.