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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.


Leadership Insights: The Future of Healthcare Strategy

Presented by Paul H. Keckley, PhD, Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, Christopher Van Gorder, FACHE, Johnese Spisso, MPA at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, March 23rd.

From expanding virtual care delivery models to significant workforce challenges, there is no doubt that healthcare executives face an evolving and unprecedented health landscape in 2021 and beyond. While there is enormous momentum behind and support for the field as a whole, healthcare providers faced their most challenging year in memory, and systems are still…