Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS
Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Geisinger Health System
Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, FACS is currently System Wide Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Geisinger Health System based in Danville, PA. Selected for the position in 2012, Dr. Suk became one of the youngest persons to head an academic orthopaedic department in the United States. Dr. Suk leads orthopaedic services at 7 diverse hospital platforms representing over 100 employed and non-employed surgeons. As the clinical driving force behind the Geisinger ProvenCare® Acute Orthopaedic Programs in Total Hip, Total Knee, Hip Fracture and Lumbar Spine – Dr. Suk is widely sought after for his expertise in new models for healthcare payment and delivery, physician engagement and leadership. Dr. Suk also serves as a member of Board of Directors for the Keystone Accountable Care Organization serving Central Pennsylvania. In 2016, Dr. Suk was appointed as Chief Physician Officer, Geisinger System Services, partnering with the Chief Operating Officer, to act as the key bridge between the clinical enterprise and the operating infrastructure as this position blends oversight of corporate and shared services such as facilities, health information management, and government relations.
In January 2016, Dr. Suk was selected as an Executive Fellow in the Baldrige Performance Excellence program, the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to performance excellence. The associated award is the only of its kind given by the President of the United States and is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the US Department of Commerce.
Previously, Dr. Suk was Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Florida – Shands Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida, where he served as Division Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, Associate Director of the UF&Shands Regional Trauma System and Associate Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program. While there, Dr. Suk established a highly specialized orthopaedic trauma division designed to maximize efficiency and enhance patient outcomes. Dr. Suk is on the editorial board for several orthopaedic journals, is the author of numerous scientific articles, and is the lead author of a landmark textbook on orthopaedic outcomes measures and instruments, now in its second printing worldwide. Dr. Suk has gained international attention for his groundbreaking work on the link between patient expectations and clinical outcomes in orthopaedic trauma surgery.
Dr. Suk has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics relevant to orthopaedic fracture management, health care literacy, access and delivery. Stemming from his unique credentials as a fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologist and health care attorney, Dr. Suk is frequently asked to speak on the interface between law and medicine and has received numerous awards for leadership and public service. In 2009, Dr. Suk was chosen to be a member of Leadership Florida (Class XXVII) – a statewide program to develop future community leaders in Florida. Most recently, Dr. Suk was selected as one of ten Leadership Fellows for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Prior to his current position, Dr. Suk was elected one of 5 representatives to the AAOS Board of Councilors representing the State of Florida and Secretary of the Florida Orthopaedic Society (FOS). Dr. Suk currently serves as Chair of the Health Policy Committees for the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA, and the AAOS Board of Specialty Societies.
In 2003, Dr. Suk was selected as a White House Fellow by President George W. Bush and served as Special Assistant to Secretary Gale A. Norton at the U.S. Department of the Interior. At Interior, Dr. Suk spearheaded an initiative to develop the link between public health and recreation by coordinating five Interior bureaus which manage 1 in 5 acres of land in the United States and that collectively receive nearly 500 million visitors each year and co-authored with Secretary Norton the widely received law review article entitled “America’s Public Lands and Waters: Gateway to Better Health?” based on his belief that simple outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and camping on public lands and waters can serve as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle.
During his tenure as a White House Fellow, Dr. Suk organized Get Fit with US, designed to support President Bush’s domestic initiative, HealthierUS, a federal interagency program based on the premise that increasing personal fitness and becoming healthier is critical to achieving a better and longer life. To date, Dr. Suk has spoken to over 100 organizations and has engaged over a thousand leaders in health care, recreation and public health across the nation on this important issue. Dr. Suk was featured as a speaker at the TIME/ABC Summit on Obesity, and an invited panelist for the Kellogg Foundation Thought Leaders Gathering on Obesity to share his ideas.
In recognition of his unique set of interests and expertise, Dr. Suk was asked to serve as Senior Advisor on Health and Recreation to the National Park Service and is currently a Member of the National Forum on Children and Nature sponsored by the Conservation Fund – an initiative designed to transform the way we look at the interaction between children and their natural environments – nurturing future environmental stewards while promoting healthy lifestyles. the In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Suk is on the Board of Directors of America on the Move, the American Hiking Society and serves on the non-profit national coordinating body to develop a National Plan for Physical Activity. In 2011, Dr. Suk, was asked to serve on the National Parks Centennial Steering Committee to efforts celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Park System.
Throughout his career, Dr. Suk has been a vocal leader on public health issues and has spoken nationally on the role of organized medicine, resident work hours, obesity prevention and a variety of public health issues. Dr. Suk has been long active in organized medicine, achieving distinction as the first medical student and first Asian-American to be directly elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. In addition, Dr. Suk has served as a member of the American Medical Political Action Committee, the AMA Council on Medical Service and Chair of the AMA’s Resident and Fellows Section. Notably, Dr. Suk was recognized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea as an outstanding leader of Korean heritage worldwide.
Dr. Suk received a B.A. with distinction in African-American history from Carleton College, where he achieved athletic distinction in collegiate tennis and was elected Class President. He then went on to simultaneously complete an M.D. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a J.D./M.P.H. with special certification in health care law at Boston University School of Law and School of Public Health. He later completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University in New York City. Recently, Dr. Suk completed his tenure as a member of the Alumni Board for Boston University.
Dr. Suk enjoys mentoring innovative, entrepreneurial leaders seeking to cross traditional boundaries, travelling with his family and playing golf and tennis. Dr. Suk and his wife Jennifer have three children, Abigail (11), Sophia (8) and Arran (1).