President, Thomas Jefferson University & CEO, Jefferson Health
As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, Dr. Stephen Klasko has led one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. He is an advocate for a transformation of current systems and has been a pioneer in using technology to build health assurance - new technology to keep people well, instead of waiting to provide sick care. Under his leadership, Jefferson Health expanded from three hospitals to 14. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes fashion, design, architecture and health. His work on healthcare in a digital economy includes his 2009 colloboration with Apple Inc on digital media in healthcare, the 2012 building of one of the nation's largest medical simulation centers (CAMLS), and the development at Jefferson of his vision of "healthcare with no address." In 2020, he was named the first Distinguished Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and will co-chair the WEF Board of Stewards for The Future of the Digital Economy and New Value Creation. For three years he has been listed among the Top 100 most influential people by Modern Healthcare - in 2018 he tied for #2. His best-selling book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America.