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Stephen Klasko, MD, Disrupts the Norm


Dr. Klasko

Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, speaks and acts boldly, and encourages disruption on all fronts of healthcare.

Klasko is calling for shaking up the industry by using creativity and innovation to bring about the next phase of America’s healthcare system.

Since he arrived in 2014, Jefferson has grown from a three-hospital medical center to what is now a 13-hospital system, and recently merged with Philadelphia University. Now Jefferson’s annual revenues exceed $4.8 billion, and they have more than 28,000 employees, 7,800 students, 6,000 physicians and practitioners, and 4,000 faculty members. Jefferson serves 100,000 inpatients, 373,000 emergency room patients, and 2.2 million outpatients annually.

In the latest podcast episode of RED HOT HEALTHCARE, host Steve Ambrose, MD, and Klasko discuss topics that include transforming a hospital company to a consumer health entity, solutions for fixing health care (12 “Disruptors”), moving away from incremental thought in medicine and academics, and virtual rounds and future hologram visits—just to name a few.