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Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD


Dr. Jaewon Ryu is Geisinger’s president and chief executive officer. He came to Geisinger as the executive vice president and chief medical officer in 2016. In that capacity, he has overseen all aspects of patient care at Geisinger, working to improve the quality, affordability and experience of care delivered across the enterprise.

During his tenure at Geisinger, Dr. Ryu has cultivated a spirit of innovation and transformation across the organization, driving new approaches to some of healthcare’s most complex problems. These include initiatives like primary care redesign; Geisinger at Home, which brings healthcare services to patients in their home; and Geisinger 65 Forward, our senior-focused, concierge healthcare centers. All of these are examples of Dr. Ryu’s commitment to making health easier by improving outcomes, engagement and affordability. This dedication to innovation for the health of our communities earned Dr. Ryu spots on Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential Clinical Executives list and Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Previously at Humana, Dr. Ryu was president of integrated care delivery and responsible for Humana’s owned and joint ventured care delivery assets, including a management services organization assisting affiliated practices to adopt population health under value-based reimbursement methodologies.

Dr. Ryu has held various leadership roles at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System; Kaiser Permanente as an emergency medicine physician; and in government, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was also a practicing corporate healthcare attorney with the international firm McDermott, Will & Emery.

His impact and influence goes beyond Geisinger and Pennsylvania. Dr. Ryu was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent body legislatively tasked with advising Congress on payment and other policies governing health plans and providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. He also volunteers his time as a leader and mentor for the Carol Emmott Foundation, an organization focused on the development and advancement of women leaders in healthcare.

Dr. Ryu has also been a featured speaker at many national events, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and HLTH, and has invited to speak at many organizations hoping to learn more about the Geisinger model and how it could be applied.

Earning his BA degree from Yale University and his MD and JD from The University of Chicago, Dr. Ryu completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

A snapshot of Dr. Ryu's major accomplishments for the health care system

  • Making it easier for patients to access and use the services they need by expanding clinics, urgent care and other locations across the footprint
  • Expanding access to Geisinger’s Medicaid plans statewide
  • Redesigning our primary care model, leveraging a team-based approach to better manage the health of a panel of patients
  • Launched the Geisinger at Home program, which takes team-based care into the homes of the sickest members of our community, making it easier to improve health by meeting patients and members where they are
  • Opening our senior-focused primary care health centers, called 65 Forward, dedicated to supporting the special healthcare needs of Medicare patients
  • Promoted the growth of Geisinger's retail and mail-order pharmacy, which saves patients money and promotes better medication adherence
  • Oversaw the launch of Geisinger College of Health Sciences launch, which unites Geisinger’s renowned research institute with our education function
  • Strengthening relationships between Geisinger healthcare providers and patients/members, families and communities
Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, president and CEO of Geisinger.
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