Bon Ku, MD, MPP

by Jasmine Phiri

March 18, 2020

Director, Health Design Lab,
Thomas Jefferson University

Bon Ku is the Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University where he created the first design thinking program at a medical school. He is the Assistant Dean for Health & Design, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and a practicing clinician. Bon’s Lab teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges and tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice. Their work toward building healthier cities and redesigning medical education has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Architectural Digest, Fortune and Wired Magazine. Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and healthcare innovation awards from The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has spoken about the intersection of health and design at conferences, academic medical centers and universities around the world. Recent venues include SXSW, TEDx, Mayo Clinic Transform, Yale School of Management, American Institute of Architects and Singapore Design Week. Dr. Ku is a regular panelist on the primetime television show Chasing the Cure Live with Ann Curry and co-wrote the book, Health Design Thinking, with Ellen Lupton.

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