Stephen Klasko is President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health and author of 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare in America: The Future Is Now.” He previously served as CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani college of medicine at University of South Florida.
At Jefferson he leads an academic medical center that consistently ranks among the top academic health systems in the country and has grown over the last two year to include 29,000 employees, twelve hospitals and over 2,000,000 patient visits. In 2015, he led the merger of Thomas Jefferson University and Health System and Abington Health Network in one of the nation’s first shared governance, “hub and hub” academic medical center mergers. He has also attracted Aria Health System and Kennedy Health System, two premier community academic medical centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to join this unique system. Within the last year, Jefferson has also announced the plan to acquire Philadelphia University, a top ten design university in suburban Philadelphia.
He is a professor of OB-GYN at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the founder of Spirit of Women, a grass roots womens health empowerment organization now utilized at over 150 hospitals and health systems. 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. After the conclusion of his MBA, 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 is married to Colleen Wyse, a Conde Nast fashion publishing executive and has three children and one grandchild