President, UCLA Health, CEO, UCLA Hospital System, Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences
Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences, is a nationally recognized academic health care leader. With more than 30 years of experience, she oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics and the health system’s regional outreach strategy. Spisso is the top executive leader of the UCLA Health hospital system which is ranked #1 in both Los Angeles and California and #3 nationally in an annual evaluation published in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report. It’s the highest set of rankings UCLA has received in its history.
Spisso continues to lead the UCLA Hospital System and more than 250 clinics in Southern California through a third year of the global pandemic, overseeing COVID-19 testing, vaccination and innovative treatment protocols. Her highest priorities are the safety and wellbeing of patients and nearly 35,000 workforce members.