Robert S. Pugliese is Director of Innovation Design at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health where he co-founded the Health Design Lab, a creative space built with the purpose of merging together design-studio ethos with the science-oriented discipline to foster innovation in healthcare. As somebody who enjoys empowering future health care providers to be change-makers, Robert leads programs that train students to be health design thinkers and innovators. A Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Robert has spent over ten years practicing and teaching in Emergency Medicine. He believes that including both the patient and provider voice is vital to healthcare design, and he brings each of these perspectives to his work through his experience as a clinician and through his own journey coping with insulin-dependent diabetes. Robert has presented on the intersection of healthcare and design at national venues such as SXSW and Stanford Medicine X. In 2019, Robert was selected as a Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.

  • Health design lab – https://www.healthdesignlab.com/
  • Health Design Thinking
    • Co-written by Ellen Lupton and Dr. Bon Ku, will be published by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and MIT Press in March 2020.
    • https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/health-design-thinking