Johnese Spisso, MPA
President / CEO / Associate Vice Chancellor
UCLA Health / UCLA Hospital System / UCLA Health Sciences
Johnese Spisso became president of UCLA Health/CEO of UCLA Hospital System/associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences in 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience. She oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics and the health system’s regional outreach strategy.
Previously, Ms. Spisso spent 22 years at UW Medicine in Seattle, where she was promoted from CNO to COO to chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. She served in the latter role from 2007 to 2016. Prior to UW, as a registered nurse, Ms. Spisso rose through the ranks over 12 years at UC Davis Medical Center and directed the critical care, trauma and burn center, emergency services and the Life Flight air medical program. Before that, she began her career as a critical care nurse in the medical, surgical and transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian. She received a master’s degree in healthcare administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She earned her RN credential at the St. Francis School of Nursing. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on healthcare leadership, and she serves on several national boards.
Ms. Spisso is also active in community leadership and has received numerous awards and recognition, including being named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” in 2020.