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

Robert Pugliese



Robert S. Pugliese, PharmD, BCPS is Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. He is also Associate Director of JeffDESIGN at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Founding Director of the Health Design Lab at JeffInnovation. This first-of-its-kind program and space supports a multidisciplinary approach to solving healthcare and public health challenges using design thinking. Robert has presented on the intersection of health and design nationally at venues such as Stanford Medicine X and SXSW. Prior to taking on a full time role in healthcare innovation, Robert spent 10 years practicing and teaching in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As a person with insulin dependent diabetes, Robert takes personal interest in assuring that everyone has a voice in improving our healthcare system.

Improving health care requires the participation of both clinicians and patients working together. However, most interactions between patients and providers occur in sterile clinic spaces, hospital rooms and doctor's offices. Rarely do providers and patients communicate in an environment that fosters collaboration and inspiration.
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