As the president and CEO of Philadelphia based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Dr. Klasko is known internationally as a champion for transformation in healthcare delivery and education.
He has fought for change as university president, as dean of two medical colleges and as CEO of three academic health centers. This year he published his new book, 2016’s “We CAN Fix Healthcare: The Future Is Now.” In 2015, he launched the journal Healthcare Transformation as editor in chief, a breakthrough peer-reviewed journal-zine delivering foremost research in reimagining healthcare delivery, technology, education, innovation and discovery.
A native of Philadelphia, he returned to the city after a decade long stint as CEO of University of South Florida Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine to lead Jefferson and quickly transformed the historic institution from a three-hospital urban system to a twelve-hospital academic health center. He renamed the almost two-hundred year old Jefferson Medical College for donors Sidney and Caroline Kimmel who gave $110 million for disruptive innovation in interdisciplinary education. And he has engineered a merger with Philadelphia University, a top ten design school in the nation, giving Jefferson an undergraduate partner and pipeline for his institute of emerging health professions.
For Dr. Klasko, this means creating the university and health system of the future. When the mergers are complete, Jefferson will have revenues of $4.8 billion, 28,000 employees, 8,000 students, 6,000 physician scientists and clinicians and 4,000 employed `faculty.
He 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. Dr. Klasko received his undergraduate degree from Lehigh University where he now serves as a trustee and his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. After receiving his M.D, and completing his obstetrics and gynecology residency, he completed his M.B.A. at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He received a $1.5 million grant to investigate the selection and education biases that affect physician’s ability to negotiate and handle change which resulted in his previous book, The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine.
He also serves on the board of the non-profit Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance and the corporate board of the NYSE Teleflex (TFX).
At a time when many people have become pessimistic about the future of healthcare, Dr. Stephen Klasko takes the exact opposite position. He is wildly optimistic that the disruptive trends we see in healthcare and education today will actually help us create a rewarding and transformed future.