As chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), Ralph Muller oversees three hospitals: a faculty practice plan, a primary care provider network, three multi-specialty satellite facilities and home care, hospice care, and long-term care. He works closely with Penn Medicine leadership to help implement its overarching strategic plan.
Muller came to UPHS from Stockamp & Associates, a national hospital consulting firm, where he was managing director. From 1985 to 2001, he was president and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System. In 1985-86, Muller also served as the deputy dean of the division of the biological sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Previously, he had been budget director at the university. Before joining the university, Muller held senior positions at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
He has served and currently serves on the boards of several national, regional and local health care organizations and was recently reappointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission for a second three-year term. He served as chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges, chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, and vice chairman of the former University Healthsystems Consortium. Muller is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the board of directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
Muller earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in government from Harvard University.