Educating the next generation to solve complex health problems through design thinking

Robert Pugliese



Robert S. Pugliese, PharmD, BCPS is an Associate Director of JeffDESIGN at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Founding Director of the Health Design Lab @JeffInnovation. This first-of-its-kind program and space supports a multidisciplinary approach to solving public health and healthcare challenges and provides Design Thinking focused interdisciplinary education to medical students and other healthcare professionals. A practicing Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, Robert has over 10 years of experience in the clinical and operational aspects of healthcare delivery in the urban environment. Robert is the current Vice Chair of the American Society of Health System Pharmacy, Section Advisory group on Emergency Care. He is also Associate Editor and founding contributor to, a site that provides free peer-reviewed online education to medical professionals. Robert received his Doctorate of Pharmacy at Northeastern University, Boston MA.

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Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.
— Steve Jobs