Dr. Stephen Klasko has dedicated his life to bridging the art, science, and business of medicine. Currently, the CEO of USF Health and Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Dr. Klasko is working to build partnerships between various colleges at the university. By forging partnerships between the colleges of medicine, nursing, public health, physical therapy, and biomedical science, Klasko hopes to transform healthcare and the concept of health. Dr. Klasko is dedicated to applying an entrepreneurial-academic model to traditional medical school curricula and creating a clinical, educational, and research-based program.
Dr. Klasko’s well-rounded background provides him a unique perspective to the medical profession. He received his MD from Hahnemann University and completed his OB-GYN residency at Health East Teaching Hospital in 1984. In 1996, he obtained his Executive MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Following this achievement, he went on to serve as the Dean of the College of Medicine at Drexel University and CEO of Drexel University Physicians. Most recently, he has written a book about transforming American healthcare titled, We CAN Fix Healthcare, The Future is NOW.
Klasko’s Theory in the Field of Healthcare
The Epocrates Future Physicians of America Survey asked 1462 medical students to share their opinions on topics impacting the medical profession. Of all the results, one statistic stood out among the rest: “Nearly 60% of students consider lack of communication between care teams the biggest obstacle to effective care coordination. In fact, concerns about inadequate cross-team communication was acknowledged by 75% of students surveyed.” Simply put, students, residents, and graduating physicians felt unprepared in the important people skills of building a business, running a practice, and communicating with colleagues.
Realizing the importance of emotional intelligence in medicine, Dr. Klasko works towards the development of empathetic, caring, and compassionate physicians who have the ‘head and the heart’ to provide health care services to the global community. Klasko created the SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Education, Collaborative Training) program at the USF Medical School which aims to recruit medical students to an emotional intelligence leadership program. The program is intended to develop emotionally intelligent physicians who are caring, compassionate, empathetic, and culturally sensitive.
Klasko’s Work with Frameworks
Dr. Klasko is an advocate for emotional intelligence within the healthcare profession, especially in a culturally diverse world. When he first learned of Framework’s mission, he said “Could you imagine what would happen if all youth had the opportunity to develop their EI at younger ages – there would be no more school violence, bullying, risky behaviors, or other problems that healthcare professionals have to treat. All kids would thrive and not just survive.” Needless to say, Klasko supports the idea that emotional intelligence is crucial to success.