Full Name
Steven Defossez MD, EMHL, CPE
Job Title
Vice President, Clinical Integration
Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
Speaker Bio
Steven Defossez, MD, EMHL, CPE is MHA’s V.P., Clinical Integration. At MHA, Steve’s responsibilities include strategic leadership, education and policy initiatives which facilitate MHA members’ transitions in meeting key health delivery reform imperatives at the federal and state levels, with a focus on physician relationships. In particular, Steve leads MHA’s Physician/Hospital Integration Collaborative (PHIC) and the Physician Leadership Council (PLC), coordinating efforts with MHA staff on related technical and policy matters.
Steve contributes the physician perspective, selecting MHA goals related to clinical issues, including quality of care, patient safety, public health information and health information technology.
Steve currently serves as Co-chair of the statewide Massachusetts Medical Society-Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Joint Task Force on Physician Burnout. Steve recently coauthored
1. A Crisis in Health Care: A Call to Action on Physician Burnout, a collaboration between MHA, MMS, the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Institute, and
2. Changing the EHR from a Liability to an Asset to Reduce Physician Burnout, a collaboration between MHA, MMS and Reliant Medical
Steve served on MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force as well as the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Task Force on Opioid Therapy and Physician Communication. Steve coauthored the publication: Inpatient Opioid Misuse Prevention, a Comprehensive Guide for Patient Management with Regards to Opioid Misuse
Steve provides value to and enhances collaboration with, MHA hospital-affiliated medical practices, as well as serving as a liaison to hospital-employed and hospital affiliated physicians. A strong patient advocate, he continues to practice MRI part time.
Steve is passionate about the benefits of a transformed delivery system. In December 2014 he finished an Executive Master’s in Healthcare Leadership at Brown University. He received his BA and MD from Tufts University before a surgical internship at Duke University Medical Center. He subsequently completed a Radiology residency and MRI fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Prior to joining MHA, Dr. Defossez:
Steve was a multi-term Medical Staff President, at Northeast Hospital Corporation where he led physician engagement during the Northeast Health System’s merger with Lahey Health. This was so successful; he was selected as a founding Trustee of the new parent company, Lahey Health. As a board member of Lahey Health, Northeast Health System and Northeast Hospital Corporation, he was a member of the quality, finance and investment committees.
Steve was President of MRI Radiologists of the North Shore and served as the long term MRI Medical Director at Beverly Hospital and North Shore Magnetic Imaging Center.
He is a sought after speaker on matters of health policy, combating the opioid epidemic, physician engagement, physician burnout, public health and leadership in Massachusetts and nationally. Originally from Chicago, Dr. Defossez currently resides in Boxford Massachusetts and has four adult children.
Steven Defossez