A Message From President Genshaft

Dear Members of the USF Community:


Stephen Klasko, dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, CEO of USF Health and one of the most dynamic leaders to be a part of the University of South Florida System, has informed me that he is accepting a newly created position of President of Thomas Jefferson University and President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital System. We will miss Dr. Klasko 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.


Dr. Klasko will begin his tenure at Jefferson in September 2013. I will name an interim leader for USF Health at that time.


Dr. Klasko 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. He built research and teaching collaborations across the colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health to create the overarching concept of USF Health. He forged an entrepreneurial academic model between our university, regional hospitals and physicians. Just last month, the first class of the College of Medicine’s SELECT students – a program Dr. Klasko envisioned to train new doctors specifically identified for their top academic potential and high degree of empathy – were on their way to Pennsylvania to begin their clinical rounds as a new generation of health care leaders. The Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare is a national model for outpatient care and has attracted attention in both the public and private sectors. The model has achieved national prominence and has enabled USF Health to be designated by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement as one of the consortium of 20 quality health science centers in the United States.


Through such forward-thinking initiatives as PaperFree Florida; USF’s partnership with The Villages to create “America’s Healthiest Hometown”; the USF Health Heart Institute and the world-class medical training gem that is the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa; Dr. Klasko has challenged all of us to rethink what can be done to improve the health of our community and help everyone live longer, healthier and more productive lives.


Dr. Klasko’s optimism and enthusiasm for healthcare and information technology will be guiding forces at Jefferson to build on the institution’s almost two-century-old reputation for integrated healthcare delivery, interdisciplinary education and investigation from the laboratory to the bedside. Those who know Dr. Klasko well appreciate this move fulfills a lifelong dream to lead a hospital and it is also a return to his hometown of Philadelphia.


A national search for a new leader for USF Health will begin shortly. Dr. Karen Holbrook, Ph.D., who serves as Senior Advisor to the President, will chair the search committee with Dr. John Sinnott, MD, who is Chairman of the College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, serving as vice chair.


The University of South Florida System and USF Health remain fully engaged in bringing the latest research, discoveries and creative solutions to the American health care system with an unwavering commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve. I have no doubt the many talented leaders, health care providers, students, faculty and staff at USF Health will continue to move us forward.


With Warmest Regards,


Judy Genshaft

USF System President

June 20, 2013