Dr. Steele has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Geisinger Health System since March 2001. In this capacity, he serves as a member of the Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors, ex-officio of all Standing Committees of the Board and Chairman of the subsidiary boards. Dr. Steele joined Geisinger from the University of Chicago where he served as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard University Medical School, Chairman of the Department of Surgery of New England Deaconess Hospital, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group. Dr. Steele is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the New England Surgical Society, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society of Surgical Oncologists, the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System, the Healthcare Executive Network, the U.S. Department of Health's National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, and the Center of Corporate Innovation. Dr. Steele received his B.A. in history from Harvard College and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a Fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.