Suresh Gunasekaran | President and CEO, UCSF Health

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Suresh Gunasekaran is President and Chief Executive Officer of UCSF Health.


Suresh Gunasekaran

Suresh Gunasekaran, MBA, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of UCSF Health, an internationally recognized health system that includes UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health includes approximately 18,000 staff and physicians, maintains 1,290 beds, admits 41,000 patients and has over 2.5 million outpatient visits yearly, and has annual revenue of more than $5 billion.

Gunasekaran also oversees UCSF Health’s expanding network of affiliated health care organizations throughout Northern California. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCSF Medical Center among the country’s top 10 hospitals and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals among the nation’s best pediatric medical centers.

He leads the execution of UCSF Health’s vision and the institution’s next phase of growth, revitalization, and innovation, including in the area of technology. A partner with UCSF’s research and education enterprises, he upholds the UCSF PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence) Values and commitment to advancing anti-racism and social justice.

Gunasekaran has more than 20 years of experience in health care administration and information technology, with a focus on quality and safety, patient service, collaboration, and operational excellence. He most recently was CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and associate vice president for University of Iowa Health Care. He led the clinical enterprise of Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, a more than $2 billion operation with 11,000 employees. He previously served as chief information officer and then chief operations officer for the health system of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He began his career in health care as an administrative director in outpatient clinical operations at Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He also worked as an analyst for both Gartner and IBM/Healthlink.

Gunasekaran earned a master of business administration degree, graduating with honors, from Southern Methodist University.