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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Former Chief Medical Officer and Geisinger’s interim CEO assumes new role effective July 1

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., as president and chief executive officer. Dr. Ryu, who has served as interim president and CEO since November 2018 and executive vice president and chief medical officer since September 2016, becomes the seventh chief executive officer in Geisinger’s 104-year history. He succeeds David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, who left Geisinger earlier this year to assume a leadership role at Google.

“On behalf of the Geisinger Board of Directors, I am thrilled to appoint Jaewon Ryu as Geisinger’s next president and CEO,” Board Chairman John C. Bravman, Ph.D., said, “We conducted an exhaustive national search that included some of the brightest, most accomplished health care leaders in the country. Dr. Ryu has a strong understanding of the Geisinger organization, in addition to broad clinical and management expertise. In his recent roles as Chief Medical Officer and as interim CEO, Dr. Ryu has fostered a culture at Geisinger that pushes us to bring the most innovative care to our patients and communities. He has driven tremendous progress here, and we are confident he will continue to do an excellent job leading our path forward.”

“I am honored by this appointment and feel blessed to lead an organization that is making better health easier for our patients, members and communities,” Dr. Ryu said. “The country looks to Geisinger as a leader in bringing world-class care and coverage to everyone we serve. I am incredibly proud of the progress we are driving in expanding our value-based care model. Geisinger has a bright future ahead, and I am committed to building upon our legacy working with our dedicated and talented physicians and staff.” 

Prior to joining Geisinger, Dr. Ryu served as President of Integrated Care Delivery for Humana in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was responsible for Humana’s owned and joint ventured care delivery practices, as well as Transcend, a management services organization assisting affiliated practices to adopt population health under value-based reimbursement. Before this, he served as the chief medical officer at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago. He has held various leadership roles at Kaiser-Permanente, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is an emergency medicine physician with a license to practice in Pennsylvania and California, and serves as a diplomate on the American Board of Emergency Medicine. More about Dr. Ryu can be found here.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Geisinger President and CEO Dr. Jaewon Ryu
Geisinger President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jaewon Ryu.
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