by Stephani Simmons
July 28, 2017
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Stephen Klasko is President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the nation.
An advocate for transformational change in health care, he is author of 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare in America: The Future Is Now,” and editor in chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation. 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 which has grown over the last two years to include 29,000 employees, twelve hospitals and over 2-million patient visits. In 2015, he led the merger of Jefferson with Abington Health 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. Jefferson further announced plans to merge with 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 MD, and completing his obstetrics and gynecology residency, he completed his MBA 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 fashion publishing executive and founder of Philadelphia Trunk Show, and has three children and one grandchild.