Chris Van Gorder
President and Chief Executive Officer of Scripps Health
Chris Van Gorder has been president and chief executive officer of Scripps Health since 2000, where he has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost health care institutions. At Scripps Health, Mr. Van Gorder oversees all functions of the integrated health system that has 15,000 employees and 2,600 affiliated physicians, including its five acute-care hospital campuses, dozens of outpatient centers throughout San Diego County, and a regional home health service and hospice. In March 2006, California’s governor appointed Mr. Van Gorder, a former police officer, to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services (EMSA) where he served two terms. In January 2007, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reappointed Mr. Van Gorder to the U.S. Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He is a clinical professor of health practice at the University of Southern California (USC) Price School of Public Policy, where he also serves on the Board of Councilors. Mr. Van Gorder received his master’s degree in public administration/health services administration at the University of Southern California, completed the Wharton CEO Program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles.