Meet Ralph Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Ralph Muller

Ralph W. Muller
Chief Executive Officer

Ralph Muller is Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System - a $5.5 billion enterprise that includes six (one joint-venture) hospitals, a faculty practice plan, a primary care provider network, multispecialty satellite facilities, home care, hospice care, long-term care and rehabilitation care.

Prior to joining UPHS, he was, from 1985 to 2001, the President and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System. In 2001-2002, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Kings Fund in London, U.K.

In 1985-86 Mr. Muller also served as the Deputy Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Previously, he had been Budget Director at the University.

Before joining the University, Mr. Muller held senior positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His career with the Commonwealth included serving as Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, where he was the operating officer responsible for the state's major welfare programs, including Medicaid.

Mr. Muller received his bachelor's degree in economics from Syracuse University and a master's degree in government from Harvard University.

Mr. Muller has served and currently serves on the boards of several national healthcare organizations. He is a Director of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). He has served as Commissioner on The Joint Commission (TJC), a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), Chairman of the Board of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC), and Chairman of the University Healthsystem Consortium (UHC).

He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine (former Institute of Medicine) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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