Bon Ku, MD, MPP puts design into (medical) practice.
The Assistant Dean for Health and Design and an Associate Professor at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Ku is a practicing emergency medicine physician and the founder/director of the first design thinking program in a medical school. His innovative program, which teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges, has been highlighted in the The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, The Huffington Post, Next City, and Architectural Digest.
Holding a master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University, MD from Penn State, and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ku has spoken widely on health and design thinking at events including TEDx, South by Southwest, Mayo Clinic Transform, and Stanford Medicine X. He serves on the Design and Health Leadership Group at the American Institute of Architects, and in 2016 he received the Health Care Innovators Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.