Stephen K. Klasko

Stephen K. Klasko WG96

President/CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Stephen K. Klasko, M.D., is president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. Previously, he served as CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida.

As a national leader in health care management, Stephen has transformed three major academic practices to paperless environments. He also has been a keynote speaker internationally on the transformation of clinical practice through health care information technology; health care transformation versus health care reform; and new models for changing the DNA of health care through physician leadership. Stephen’s research and experience in culture transformation in health care culminated in a book that he authored titled The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine. Today, it serves as the basis for the first medical school curriculum in the country to include health care leadership and information technology.

Within the past few years, Stephen has been honored by being appointed as a trustee for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and was named by Healthcare IT News as one of the 10 rising stars in health care information technology. He serves on the corporate board and audit committee of Teleflex (TFX:NYSE), a multibillion dollar diversified health care solutions corporation. He has also served on the boards of the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania and Resurrection Health System in Chicago.

Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Lehigh University and earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Health East Teaching Hospitals and became a diplomate of the American Board of OB-GYN in 1984. He completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He is a board certified and actively practicing OB-GYN.

Prior to joining USF, he served as Dean of the College of Medicine at Drexel University and CEO of Drexel University Physicians. During that time, Drexel University was able to attract world-class leaders, grow its research portfolio and
develop innovative partnerships throughout Philadelphia. While at Drexel, Dr. Klasko was also appointed as a member of Governor Rendell’s Pennsylvania Healthcare Transition Team.

He was the founder and principal of the North Group Inc., a consulting team that has engineered collaborations between physicians, administrators and industry. This group is responsible for creating the award-winning “optimistic future” program that ensures that young physicians have the skill sets necessary to lead health care transformation.

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