Klasko to Lead Prominent Philadelphia University and Hospital System

Dr. Stephen Klasko is leaving USF Health to lead Thomas Jefferson University and its hospital system in Philadelphia.


By Lisa Greene

USF Health Communications


TAMPA, Fla. (June 20, 2013) – Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health, has been named as the new president of Thomas Jefferson University and president and CEO of TJUH System.


Dr. Klasko, who presided over the creation of USF Health and is the longest-serving dean in the College of Medicine’s history, is known as a healthcare innovator.  Under his tenure, USF Health has opened the world’s largest simulation center, aimed at improving patient safety; opened new healthcare centers designed with patients at the center; and started a new physician leadership program with a new vision for teaching future doctors.


“We will miss Steve and his innovative and energetic presence at USF and we are grateful for the work and vision he brought to us over the past nine years,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “Steve did not just bring a transformative philosophy about what health care should and could be to the Tampa Bay Region, but put his ideas into action.”



A message from President Genshaft.



Thomas Jefferson University announced Dr. Klasko’s appointment Thursday in Philadelphia. Dr. Klasko is taking on a new role as the first person to lead both Thomas Jefferson University and the TJUH System.


“It has been 15 years since the University and the Hospital have shared a common leader, but, in a quickly changing healthcare environment, there is a real advantage to having the academic and clinical missions of a major medical center like Jefferson truly intertwined,” said David Binswanger, chair of Thomas Jefferson University’s Board of Trustees.  “Steve Klasko brings dynamic and innovative leadership to take advantage of Jefferson’s rich history, vast expertise and extraordinary patient care and drive it in amazing new directions.  Steve’s experience as a physician and business leader who transformed USF Health makes him uniquely qualified for this exciting opportunity.”


“I am truly honored to be leading one of the finest academic health centers in the nation,” said Dr. Klasko, “with a rich medical history and stellar reputation for academic excellence, innovative research and compassionate patient care.  This is by far one of the greatest opportunities to come along in a decade, to forge Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System and Jefferson University Physicians into the model for healthcare revolution.”


At the same time, Dr. Klasko said, he is proud of the work that his USF Health colleagues have accomplished, and believes that USF Health will continue to act as a leader in transforming health.


“At USF Health, we believe that we can – and must – shape a vision of the future that promotes better health,” Dr. Klasko said.


Dr. Klasko also praised President Genshaft’s leadership.


“None of what we have done at USF Health would be possible without President Genshaft’s energy, drive and vision of what USF can become,” he said.


A national search to replace Dr. Klasko will begin shortly, President Genshaft said.


Lisa Greene can be reached at 813-974-4312.