Wednesday, May 1, 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President Thomas Jefferson University
CEO Jefferson Health
Dr. Stephen Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of health care and higher education. His newest book, “Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America” re-imagines how we can put an end to health disparities.
As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion, design and health professions, coupled with the first design-thinking curriculum in a medical school and the nation's leading research on empathy.
His track record of success at creating and implementing programs that are shaping the future of health care earned him: #2 on Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential Individuals in 2018; #21 among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2018; Ernst & Young’s Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018; and Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare. In 2018, Jefferson was invited to join the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Klasko is a nationally recognized advocate for healthcare transformation, having served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health centers before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. He is author of 1999’s “The Phantom Stethoscope” and 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare –the Future is Now”, and editor-in-chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation.