As the President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, is bridging the art and science of medicine and healthcare information technology with twenty-first century business and administrative changes, through a unique background of academic and administrative medicine, entrepreneurial clinical practice and business and leadership training.
Previously, as CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Dr. Klasko led, designed and built the largest “assessment of technical and teamwork competence” center known as CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation) – a marriage between health care and aviation simulation, to create benchmarks for proficiency among physicians and other healthcare providers. This privately-funded project is now being expanded internationally to South America and China.
Dr. Klasko 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 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 is married to Colleen Wyse, a Vice President for Visit Philadelphia, and has three children: Lynne, David and Jill.