Ralph W. Muller


Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System from 2003 through 2019, was responsible for a $5.7 billion enterprise including six hospitals, a faculty practice plan, a primary care provider network, multispecialty ambulatory care facilities, home care, hospice care, long-term care, and rehabilitation. In 2020, he became executive chairman of SemCapHealth, a growth equity health fund, and joined Manatt, Phelps, Phillips as a national advisor to U.S. health systems.

Prior to joining UPHS, he was president of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System from 1985 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002, he was a visiting fellow at the Kings Fund in London, UK.

From 1985 to 1986 Muller served as the deputy dean of the Division of Biological Sciences at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago; previously he was budget director. Before joining the University of Chicago, Muller held senior positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Welfare, where he was the chief operating officer responsible for the state’s major welfare programs including Medicaid.

Muller has served and currently serves on the boards of several national healthcare organizations. He is a director of the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), and has served as commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), commissioner of The Joint Commission (TJC), chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), chairman of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), and chairman of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC).

Muller is a member of the National Academies of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Muller received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in government from Harvard University.