About Dr. Klasko

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

President, Thomas Jefferson University | CEO, Jefferson Health

Dr. Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in higher education and health care. As President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic institutions based on his vision of re-imagining higher education and health care. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-10 programs in fashion, design and occupational therapy, coupled with the distinctive Nexus Learning approach to teaching and learning (active, collaborative, real-world learning infused with the liberal arts) and the first design-thinking curriculum in a medical school, as well as the nation's leading research on the role of empathy.

A Track Record of Success

 
  • #21 in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business 2018”
  • “Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year 2018”
  • Ernst & Young’s “Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year 2018”
  • #2 on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Individuals 2018
  • Becker's Hospital Review's “100 Great Leaders in Healthcare" 

A Track Record of Success

  • #2 on Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential Individuals 2018”
  • #21 in Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business 2018”
  • “Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year 2018”
  • Ernst & Young’s “Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year 2018”
  • Becker's Hospital Review's “100 Great Leaders in Healthcare" 

Growth Under His Leadership

Under his leadership, Jefferson has expanded from three hospitals to 14 and from a health sciences university to a professional university with multiple campuses. Revenues have grown from $1.8 billion to more than $5 billion, annualized. Thomas Jefferson University focuses on providing high-value education that is transdisciplinary, interprofessional and experiential. Jefferson Health is focused on managing the health of populations in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Jefferson Health has the largest faculty based tele-health network in the country, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region.

Through a unique four-pillar model—academic-clinical-innovation-philanthropy—Jefferson has attracted venture capital and transformational gifts. Sidney and Caroline Kimmel donated $110 million to Jefferson on June 18, 2014, the largest gift in the University’s history. Philanthropy and innovation have also resulted in the addition of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, nationally recognized for its modern medical and integrated therapies, and the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute, a partnership between Jefferson Health and National Jewish Health. 

$5.1 billion

up from 1.8 billion in annualized revenue

14

hospitals up from 3

8.4k

students up from 3,169

Books By Dr. Klasko

Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America

In 2035 an amazing thing happens – the USA is elected to the Intergalactic Council, the collection of cool healthcare systems from across the universe. How did that happen, when in 2018 the healthcare delivery system of the United States was the opposite of cool – inefficient, fragmented, unfriendly and inequitable?

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We Can Fix Healthcare: The 12 Disruptors that will Create Transformation

Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, along with co-authors Gregory Shea, and Michael Hoad, proposes an extraordinary, even science fiction, event where a no-blaming conversation about the healthcare system leads to provocative ideas for disruption that allow even Democrats and Republicans to see that they can collaborate. 

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Publications: Healthcare Transformation

Stephen K. Klasko led as Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Transformation from 2015 through 2018. The peer-reviewed, open access journalzine delivers foremost research in re-imagining healthcare delivery, education, technology, innovation, and discovery. 

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The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for Finding an Optimistic Future in Medicine

Through the ingenious use of combining science fiction with industry expertise, Stephen K. Klasko, a practicing physician, and Gregory P. Shea, Wharton faculty member and health-care consultant, pose this provocative question: What if a medical resident was abducted by aliens in 1985, and through advanced technology was imparted a full understanding of the health-care system of the future?

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About Steve

Born and raised in Philadelphia, President Klasko is a fan of Philly Soul, of vinyl records, and of the creative and optimistic spirit that will make the city even greater.

He attended medical school in Philadelphia at Hahnemann University (1978), built his practice as an obstetrician in Allentown, and served as dean of Drexel University's College of Medicine (2000-2004). He moved to Tampa, Florida, where he was dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health at the University of South Florida (2004-2013). He then returned to Philadelphia in 2013 to be the first single leader in 20 years of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

To President Klasko, Jefferson's mission to improve lives means harnessing the creativity of many fields and disciplines to design the human experience. He argues that we must focus on "the human in the middle" of the revolution in artificial intelligence. That means helping students become the professionals of the future. It means that ethics matters in product creation, design, and marketing. And it means that we understand and design the future of well-being.

President Klasko cares deeply about health disparities in Philadelphia, and has launched the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity to lead creative collaborations intended to reduce the city's longevity gap of 20 years between zip codes.

He has articulated his vision of the future at numerous national and international venues, including the World Economic Forum in Davos.

He is married to Colleen Wyse, a fashion leader and founder of The Philadelphia Trunk Show, and has three children: Lynne, David and Jill.

About Steve

Previously, as CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Dr. Klasko built the nation’s largest “assessment of technical and teamwork competence” center known as CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation). He also led a partnership with the country’s largest retirement community, The Villages, to create “America’s healthiest hometown,” an innovative primary-care-driven, patient-centric, Medicare-based accountable care model.

Dr. Klasko is ideally suited to lead such initiatives, having completed a grant after receiving his MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania on selecting and educating physicians to be leaders of change. His unique medical education program at USF, called SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Education, Collaborative Training), is recognized for its focus on choosing medical students based on emotional intelligence and leadership potential.

Dr. Klasko also serves on the board of Teleflex (TFX), a NYSE global medical device company with a market cap of $12 billion. He has served on both the audit committee and governance committee and has been a director since 2008. He also is a trustee of Lehigh University, one of the nation’s leading engineering and business schools.

He is married to Colleen Wyse, a fashion leader and founder of The Philadelphia Trunk Show, and has three children: Lynne, David and Jill.

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