Robert Pugliese

Robert Pugliese

Speaker
Director of Innovation Design

Robert S. Pugliese is Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health where he co-founded the Health Design Lab, a creative space built with the purpose of merging together design-studio ethos with science-oriented discipline to foster innovation in healthcare. As somebody who enjoys empowering future health care providers to be change-makers, Robert leads programs that train students to be health design thinkers and innovators. A Doctor of Pharmacy, Robert has spent over ten years practicing and teaching Emergency Medicine. He believes that including both the patient and provider voice is vital to healthcare design, and he brings each of these perspectives to his work through his experience as a clinician and through his own journey of coping with insulin-dependent diabetes. Robert has presented on the intersection of healthcare and design at national venues such as SXSW and Stanford Medicine X and in 2019 he was selected as a Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. Throughout the pandemic, Robert has used his unique experience to lead public health response efforts in response to community needs for testing and vaccination. In his spare time, Robert produces a weekly podcast and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.
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