In the News: The Future of Academic Medical Centers

Dr. Stephen Klasko, President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, was recently interviewed by Paul Voosen of The Chronicle of Higher Education about the relationship between universities and university hospitals. While other institutions, like Vanderbilt University and Hospital are decoupling for financial reasons, Dr. Klasko spoke to Jefferson’s recent mergers. “The mergers …


In the News: A Q & A about Health Care in America

Dr. Stephen Klasko sat down with Jared Shelly of BizPhilly to answer some questions about health care in America and Jefferson’s recent growth.


What’s Missing from Innovation?

In the first six months of 2015, startup companies developing digital solutions for healthcare delivery raised $3.8 billion in the United States in venture capital. And that venture capital funding is a fraction of the research funds being spent by big firms on e-health (more than $12 billion). That kind of money raises interesting questions …


Time to Break the Mold: New Models for University-Biotech Partnerships

It’s time to take down the walls between entrepreneurial biotech firms and university science.


The Generation of Transformation

It used to be easy to give a commencement speech. You could tell a few jokes, praise the graduates, and exhort them to keep learning. Not today. The 2015 graduates go into a health care world crying out for fundamental transformation.


Suppose Malcolm Gladwell Was on the Admissions Committee: Are We Ready to Be Bold?

Suppose Malcolm Gladwell was on the admissions committee of our medical college? I asked the author that question on stage at a recent event by the Philadelphia Arts and Business Council, while talking about Gladwell’s book, “David and Goliath.”


The Leading Role of Academic Health Centers

Extinct? Academic Health Centers may become “extinct” we heard repeatedly in 2013. Both the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association featured those fears in October issues. Throughout this blog, I challenge that idea. Extinction, if it comes, is a decision, not fate. The future of healthcare in America …


What’s Your Vision?

In the coming months, all of us in academic healthcare should be able to articulate a clear vision for our continuing leadership role. At Thomas Jefferson University and the TJUH System we’re beginning to map out a new blueprint for strategic action – starting with our vision. The question I’ve asked at Jefferson, all of …