Dr. Bon Ku

Director of the Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University

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Bon Ku is the Director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University where he created the first design thinking program at a medical school. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine, the Assistant Dean for Health & Design and a practicing clinician. Bon’s Lab teaches future physicians to apply human-centered design to healthcare challenges and tackles healthcare inequalities as a form of social justice. Their work toward building healthier cities and redesigning healthcare has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Architectural Digest, Fortune and Fast Company.

Dr. Ku is the recipient of the Cambridge Health Alliance Art of Healing Award and healthcare innovation awards from The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has spoken about the intersection of health and design at conferences, academic medical centers and universities around the world: SXSW, TEDx, Mayo Clinic Transform, Yale School of Management, American Institute of Architects and Singapore Design Week.

Dr. Ku is the host of the Design Lab Podcast, co-wrote the book, Health Design Thinking, with Ellen Lupton and was a regular panelist on the primetime television show Chasing the Cure. 


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