Dr. Stephen K. Klasko '74 is president of Thomas Jefferson University and President and Chief Executive Officer of TJUH System.
Dr. Klasko joined the University of South Florida as Dean of the College of Medicine and Vice President of the USF Health Sciences Center (HSC) in 2004. He reorganized the HSC as USF Health, including the colleges and the USF Physicians Group and was named its CEO. While at USF Health, Dr. Klasko was responsible for a series of program changes in medical education. He created the SELECT (scholarly excellence, leadership education, collaborative training) Program, by which students are chosen on quantitative emotional intelligence parameters, and reformed the medical education curriculum, which is now based on the science, business, teamwork and communication skills needed for the physicians of tomorrow. Dr. Klasko also created the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), the world’s largest center for the assessment of technical and teamwork competencies.
Prior to his position at USF, he was dean and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Drexel University College of Medicine. From 2000 to 2003, he was Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs,and dean of graduate medical education for the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. From 1996 to 2000, he was Chairman, obstetrics and gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health network and president of the Lehigh Valley Physician Group. From 1982 through 1991, he was a partner in Valley OB/Gyn Associates of Allentown, delivering over 2,000 babies in the Lehigh Valley area.
Klasko joined the Board of Directors at Teleflex Incorporated in May 2008. In August of the same year, the Board of Directors at the Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute unanimously appointed Klasko as its CEO.
He has authored The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual For Creating an Optimistic Future in Health Care along with Gregory Shea, PhD, a Wharton economics professor. The book is described as an ingenious use of science fiction combined with industry expertise and has been reviewed by the Journal of the American Medical Association as a "must read for anyone interested in the future of health care." The book details the adventures of Mila, a woman medical student who is abducted by aliens in 1985 and comes back in 2000 to start her surgical residency. While the technical knowledge that she needs has been reimplanted, she is fifteen years behind in the business, legal, ethical and social aspects of medicine. The aliens teach her the real world medicine lessons she "would have learned in medical school."
In his spare time, Klasko trains for marathons and tries to complete one each year. He is also a past member of the Engineering Advisory Board at Lehigh.
Klasko earned the bachelor of science in chemistry and biology from Lehigh University and his M.D. from Hahnemann University. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency from Lehigh Valley Hospital. He completed his M.B.A, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Degree: BS chemistry and biology
Notable Achievement: Dean of the College of Medicines at Univ. South Florida