Dr. Stephen Klasko is currently President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the nation. An advocate for transformational change in healthcare, he is the author of 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare in America: The Future Is Now,” and editor in chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation.
A native of Philadelphia, he returned in 2013 to lead an AMC that ranks among the top academic health systems in the country. Under his direction, Jefferson has grown in the last three years to include 29,000 employees, 12 hospitals and over 2-million patient visits, with revenues of $5.1 billion. He has led mergers with Abington Health, Aria Health and Kennedy Health, and then with Philadelphia University creating one of the nation’s first shared-governance, “hub and hub” university and healthcare systems.
Dr. Klasko is a professor of OB-GYN at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the founder of Spirit of Women, a grass roots women’s health empowerment organization now utilized at over 150 hospitals and health systems. After receiving his MD, and completing his obstetrics and gynecology residency, Dr. Klasko completed his MBA at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Based on his Wharton experience, Dr. Klasko received a $1.5 million grant to investigate the selection and education biases that affect a physician’s ability to negotiate and handle change, which resulted in development of the book, “The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine.”
He previously served as CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida.