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Stephen A. Knych, MD

Vice President, Office of Clinical Effectiveness
Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer

Stephen Knych is vice president of clinical effectiveness and chief quality and patient safety officer for Adventist Health System. Prior to this role, he was senior patient safety officer for Florida Hospital and the division chief medical officer for Florida Hospital Celebration Health.

During an extensive military medical career, he served as chief orthopaedic consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General, chief of civil support health preparedness and plans, directorate of homeland security of the civil support division, and chief of disaster and trauma systems development. As a clinician and health care executive, he has delivered patient care in ambulatory clinics and hospitals, and also helped develop operational and strategic-level health care plans, policies and programs at the Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon. Dr. Knych has also served as an expert medical consultant to the Office of Inspector General, Dallas Office on four national Medicare patient harm studies.

Dr. Knych graduated from F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine and did his first year general surgery residency at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center. He then completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Tufts Affiliated Hospitals, New England Medical Center. Dr. Knych also received a master's degree in business administration from Regis University, and a master's degree in theology from St. Leo University.

Dr. Knych is an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Diplomate, as well as an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow. He is a retired colonel of the United States Air Force and was awarded the Legion of Merit in May 2006.