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Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger

Dr. Jaewon Ryu is Geisinger's president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2019. A Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Ryu has served as Geisinger's executive vice president and chief medical officer since 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 Geisinger system, driving non-traditional approaches to some of healthcare’s most complex problems. Initiatives like primary care redesign which expanded appointment times for patients 65 and older from 20 to 40 minutes, Geisinger At Home, which brings healthcare services to patients in their home, and 65 forward, our senior-focused health care centers, are all examples of Dr. Ryu’s commitment to improving patient outcomes, engagement and costs. This dedication to innovation for the health of our communities earned Dr. Ryu a top 20 spot on Modern Healthcare’s The 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives list for 2019.

Dr. Ryu came to Geisinger from Humana, where he was president of integrated care delivery and was responsible for Humana's owned and joint-ventured care delivery assets, including a management services organization (MSO) assisting affiliated practices to adopt population health under value-based reimbursement methodologies.

Prior to Humana, Dr. Ryu held various leadership roles at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago, Kaiser Permanente and in government, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and serving as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was also a practicing corporate healthcare attorney in the Los Angeles office of the firm McDermott, Will & Emery.

Dr. Ryu was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent body legislatively tasked with advising Congress on payment and other policies governing health plans and providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. He also currently sits on the Board of Directors of My Health Direct, Inc., a provider of digital care coordination solutions. He has previously served in various other advisory roles including board positions with MCCI and JenCare, both being clinic/MSO organizations managing the financing and delivery of care for Medicare Advantage members under full-risk payment models. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.

Dr. Ryu earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and his medical degree and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.

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

  • Improving patient access and value-based care by 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 segment of our population, 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 health care needs of Medicare patients
  • Promoted the growth of Geisinger's retail and mail-order pharmacy which saves patients money and promotes better medication adherence
  • Implementing measures to continually improve patient outcomes
  • Strengthening relationships between Geisinger health care providers, and patients/members, families and communities
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