Visionary Leadership

Joseph S. Gonnella, MD

Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Dean Emeritus,
Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Joseph Gonnella is the father of the Jefferson Italy Center, whose influence, reputation, and commitment have been instrumental in forging powerful partnerships between Jefferson and Italian institutions. He is the recipient of many honors and accolades throughout his distinguished career, including the Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della solidarietà italiana in 1978, the Grande Ufficiale in 1995 by the President of the Italian Republic, the Dongbaeg Medal by the President of Korea, the Presidential Medal by Dartmouth College, and the Presidential Citation by Thomas Jefferson University. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Chieti-Pescara in Italy, Soonchunhyang University in South Korea, Widener University, the University of Minho in Portugal, and the International Medical University in Malaysia.

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA

President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Dr. Stephen Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in healthcare and higher education. As President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered the growth of the nation’s fastest growing academic health system. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University creates a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion and design, coupled with the first design-thinking curriculum in a medical school, and with the nation’s leading research on empathy.

His track record of success at creating and implementing programs that are shaping the future of healthcare earned him a place among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business; and Ernst & Young’s Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year. He also ranked #2 on Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2018. Under his leadership, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. And, in 2018, Jefferson was invited to join the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Klasko is a nationally recognized advocate for healthcare transformation, having served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health centers before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. During his tenure, Jefferson Health has grown from three hospitals to 14 with revenues that grew from $2.2 billion to more than $5.1 billion, annualized. Jefferson has the largest faculty based tele-health network in the country, the NCI designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region.

Mark L. Tykocinski, MD 

Vice Chancellor and Provost, Thomas Jefferson University
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
The Anthony F. and Gertrude M. Depalma Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Tykocinski serves as Vice Chancellor and Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University, and the Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. For over five years, he also served as President of Jefferson University Physicians. Before joining Jefferson in 2008, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for a decade.

Dr. Tykocinski’s research contributions have been in the fields of molecular and cellular immunology, for which he holds a series of research patents. He serves as SAB Chair for KAHR-Medical, the Israeli biotech company he founded in 2007 for fusion protein pharmaceuticals. He is Past President of the American Society for Investigative Pathology/Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the Association of Pathology Chairs. He has been on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Pathology, Molecular Oncology and Genetics Research, and was honored with the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award for Outstanding Research from ASIP/FASEB.

Ignazio R. Marino, MD, ScD

Professor of Surgery, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Senior Vice President for Strategic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University And Jefferson Health

Since graduating summa cum laude in medicine and surgery from the Catholic University of Rome in 1979, Dr. Ignazio Marino has become an internationally recognized trailblazer in the field of transplant medicine. Among his many accomplishments, he was a member of the team that performed the only two baboon-to-human liver transplants in medical history and the first kidney transplant ever done in Italy on an HIV+ patient. He served as Senator of the Republic of Italy from 2006 to 2013 and mayor of Rome from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Marino has played a key role in facilitating and formalizing collaborations between Jefferson and Italy. He is a catalyst for innovation, melding Jefferson’s vision with that of our like-minded Italian partners in a joint effort to reimagine the future of healthcare, education, and research throughout the world.