Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer Geisinger Health System
GLENN D. STEELE JR., MD, PHD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania nationally recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models. Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, Mass., and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, Mass.). Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. His investigations have focused on the cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancer and most recently on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of more than 483 scientific and professional articles.
Dr. Steele received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.
A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Steele serves as a member on the Roundtable on Value and Science-driven Healthcare, was recently appointed to the Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and previously served on the Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services (HECS). A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Steele is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Steele also serves on the following boards and national committees: Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore, Bucknell University Board of Trustees, Cepheid Board of Directors, Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers, and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Weis Markets Inc., Wellcare Health Plans Inc., xG Health Solutions Board of Directors, Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) External Advisory Board (Emory University), the Peterson Center on Healthcare Advisory Board, Institute for Healthcare Optimization Advisory Board, Third Rock Ventures Business Advisory Board, the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, and Healthcare Executives Network. Dr. Steele most recently served as Board Chairman for Premier Inc., former Trustee on the Temple University School of Medicine Board of Visitors. Dr. Steele currently serves as Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. Former member on the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement, American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, and also served on the Executive Committee, Systems Governing Council, Long-Range Policy, Committee on Research, and the AHA Physician Leadership Forum Advisory Committee.
Dr. Steele is the recipient of several awards, including the CEO IT Achievement Award (2006); AHA’s Grassroots Champion Award (2007); 8th Annual (2010) AHA Health Research & Education Trust Award and HFMA Board of Directors’ Award (2011). He has been named consecutive times to Modern Healthcare’s 50.