Health Design Lab

Bon Ku



Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the Assistant Dean for Health & Design at Thomas Jefferson University. A practicing emergency medicine physician, he is also the Director of the Health Design Lab and created the first design thinking program at a medical school. His innovative program tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice and teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges. Their work toward building healthier cities and communities has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, and Architectural Digest. Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and in 2016, he was honored with the Health Care Innovator Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking, appearing on PBS and across the country at events including TEDx, SXSW, and Mayo Clinic Transform. His forthcoming book, Health Design Thinking, co-written by Ellen Lupton, will be published by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in Fall 2019.