DANVILLE — Geisinger announced that its board of directors has appointed Dr. Jaewon Ryu, as interim president and chief executive officer of Geisinger, effective Dec. 1. Ryu, who has served as executive vice president and chief medical officer since September 2016, succeeds Dr. David T. Feinberg, who is leaving Geisinger Jan. 3, to lead Google. Feinberg will remain with Geisinger until that time to help facilitate a smooth transition.
Ryu has a deep understanding of the Geisinger organization and culture in addition to his management and physician experience, making him an ideal fit to lead the organization during this transition. As chief medical officer, Ryu has overseen all aspects of patient care at Geisinger, working to improve patient access, expand its value-based care model and foster more open communication to strengthen the relationships between Geisinger’s physicians and employees and the patients, families and communities we serve. He has been instrumental in leading many of its signature initiatives, including the redesign of Geisinger’s primary care model and the successful implementation of the Geisinger At Home program.
Feinberg said, “It has been a great privilege to lead Geisinger during the past nearly four years. Together, we have improved patient and member experience, along with our quality of care, employee engagement and physician and nurse recruitment, and our legacy of innovation has blossomed. I know that I am leaving Geisinger in capable hands as the leadership team continues to advance Geisinger’s important mission of taking care of the people we serve. I look forward to following Geisinger’s achievements in the years to come and will remain forever grateful to have had this tremendous opportunity.”
A Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, Ryu previously 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.
Prior to Humana, he served as the chief medical officer at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago. Ryu has also 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 California, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and previously was an associate attorney in the Los Angeles office of the firm McDermott, Will & Emery practicing corporate health law.
Ryu serves as a commission member for The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent congressional agency advising the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of MyHealthDirect, a provider of digital care coordination solutions. Ryu has previously served in advisory roles including board positions with MCCI Medical Group and JenCare, both 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.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical and law degrees from The University of Chicago. Ryu completed his internship and residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Ryu is the recipient of several honors and achievements, including the co-author of a successful grant award of $19.5 million from CMS for a project that integrated care teams across a network of 70 practices to enhance coordination and efficiency in care delivery to chronically ill populations.