Johnese Spisso, MPA, is president of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. In this role, she oversees all operations for UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.

A nationally recognized academic health care leader with more than 30 years of experience, she previously was the chief health system officer for UW Medicine and the vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Washington. Spisso worked at UW Medicine for more than 19 years, where she was promoted from associate administrator, patient care services to chief nursing officer, to chief operating officer and executive director at Harborview Medical Center prior to being promoted in 2007 to her role as chief officer.

Before joining UW Medicine, Spisso worked at the UC Davis Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Presbyterian. She holds a clinical faculty member appointment in bio-behavioral sciences and management with the University of Washington School of Nursing.

She has published numerous articles and book chapters on health care leadership and trauma systems. Spisso is invited to speak nationally on a variety of health care leadership topics and has served extensively as a site surveyor for Trauma Center Designations in other states.

In 2007, she was selected by the Puget Sound Business Journal to receive its annual Women of Influence Award for her leadership in health care. In 2010, Spisso received a Silver Medallion Award for Outstanding Healthcare Executive from Seattle Business Magazine. In 2013, she received the King County Healthcare Coalition Excellence in Leadership Award. In 2014, Seattle Business Magazine honored her with the Outstanding Healthcare Executive Award.

Spisso graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College and a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco.
Johese Spisso