Dr. Stephen Klasko

USF Health

The new top doctor at the for-profit Villages Health System is raising some eyebrows at the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It’s Dr. Jeff Lowenkron, who in December resigned as chief executive officer of the USF Physicians Group. That came after a multimillion dollar failure by USF’s medical school to create a clinic at the retirement community. 

There's no rush to pick the new leader for USF Health, but three internal candidates have been named. 

The Tampa Bay Times reports search firm Quick Leonard Kieffer is still looking for candidates from outside USF, but has named three current USF Health executives, who are scheduled to be interviewed this Friday. 

Eric Younghans / USF Health

Klasko, who announced last week he's leaving USF Health to become the president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the Jefferson University Hospital System, spoke to WUSF's University Beat about his decision to move on. 

Here are three highlights from the conversation:

 

Klasko Leaving USF

Jun 20, 2013

Stephen Klasko, the longest-serving dean in the history of the USF Morsani College of Medicine and CEO of USF Health, has been named the new president of Thomas Jefferson University and president/CEO of the TJUH System.

Eric Younghans / USF Health

Did Dr. Stephen Klasko pull his name from consideration for the position as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center due to questions about discrepancies on his resume? 

That seems to be the theory proposed by newspapers in both Tampa and Omaha.

And the issues aren't related to his education or his work experience - they appear to be over when exactly he ran a number of marathons.

Two leaders of Florida medical schools, including USF's Dr. Stephen Klasko, are among the four finalists to be the next chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The health-care delivery system is undergoing a powerful and revolutionary transformation, one that will ride changes in technology to  both improve outcomes and cut costs, according to a column published in the Tampa Bay Times.

USF Health has broken ground on its new Specialty Care Center in the Villages, providing coordinated  health care to the country's largest community of people over the age of 55.

According to USF Health officials, the center will serve as a collaborative compliment to The Villages Health primary care network, which is going to soon have seven different medical offices in The Villages.

Speaking at the formal ground-breaking last week, Dr. Stephen Klasko, USF Health CEO, said such collaboration allows residents to receive health care without leaving their neighborhood.