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Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD

Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System.  Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and as 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, MA, and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA).  Widely recognized for his investigations into the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancer and colorectal cancer surgery, Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery.  He serves on the editorial board of numerous prominent medical journals.  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 460 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 PhD in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on their Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services (HECS), the New England Surgical Society, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health, the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium and is presently a member of the Healthcare Executives Network, the Alliance for Advancing Non-profit Health Care, the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, and he serves as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement.  In addition, Dr. Steele was Chair for the American Hospital Association Systems Governing Council and now serves on the AHA Long-Range Policy Committee. He is currently Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. Dr. Steele serves on several boards including Bucknell University's Board of Trustees, Temple University School of Medicine's Board of Visitors, the American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Premier, Inc (Vice Chair), Weis Markets, Inc., and Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.  Additionally, he serves on the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Healthcare Leadership Council, the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, the Global Conference Institute, and previously served on the Simon School of Business Advisory Board (University of Rochester) 2002 - 2007.

In 2006 Dr. Steele received the CEO IT Achievement Award, given by Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for promoting health information technology.  In 2007, Dr. Steele received AHA's Grassroots Champion Award and was named to Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.  Recently, he was named to "Modern Healthcare's 2009 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare".

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