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Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA  17822
E-mail: gsteele@geisinger.edu

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 476 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 degree in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served 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 Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, and served as a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement.  Dr. Steele serves on several boards including Bucknell University’s Board of Trustees, Temple University School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors, Premier, Inc (Vice Chair), Weis Markets, Inc., and Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. Dr. Steele was recently appointed to serve on The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Board of Directors, the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Cepheid’s Board of Directors. Dr. Steele previously served on the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, the AHA Systems Governing Council (Chair), and the AHA Long-Range Policy Committee. He will serve as a member on the AHA Committee on Research. Dr. Steele is currently Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, served 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. He was recognized by "Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr. Steele received the 8th Annual 2010 AHA Health Research & Education Trust Award. The HRET award honors individuals who exhibit visionary leadership in healthcare and who symbolize HRET's mission of leveraging research and education to make a dramatic impact in policy and practice. Dr. Steele was awarded the HFMA Board of Directors’ Award in 2011.