Ralph Muller to Give Ferguson Lecture

Thomas B. Ferguson Lecture


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Grand Ballroom

Ralph W. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is the 2017 Thomas B. Ferguson lecturer. His talk is titled “Specialty Care in an Age of Population Health.”

Ralph W. Muller

Ralph W. Muller

Muller has had a distinguished career in health care. From 1985 to 2001, he was President and CEO of The University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System. He also has held senior positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, where he was the chief operating officer responsible for the state’s major welfare programs, including Medicaid. Muller also currently serves as a Director of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and a Commissioner of The Joint Commission.

In his lecture, Muller will examine how to manage complex, chronic patients and will emphasize how specialists, such as cardiothoracic surgeons, can take a broader role in patient care through service lines and disease team approaches to promote care standardization by developing disease protocols and pathways.

The Ferguson lecture was established in 2002 and recognizes Thomas B. Ferguson, MD, one of the few individuals to serve as President of both STS and AATS.

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