Dr. Bon Ku is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Associate Dean for Co-Curricular Programs at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Ku directs the College within a College – Design, a program that teaches medical students to solve healthcare challenges using design thinking methodology. The design program, the first of its kind for a U.S. medical school, empowers future doctors to redesign healthcare systems, services, spaces and medical devices.
Ku has conducted research on vascular access and on the applications of point-of-care ultrasound in emergency and trauma settings. He also has an interest in health policy research focusing on understanding and characterizing emergency department super-utilizers and urban homeless populations. He serves on the Board of Trustees and is the medical director for Depaul USA, a non-profit organization that provides support for homeless persons. He is a member of the City of Philadelphia’s Homeless Death Review Team and Philadelphia’s Continuum of Care Board. For his work on improving care for homeless populations, he received the Grace Humanitarian Award and Dean’s Award for Community Service at Jefferson.
Ku received his B.A in Classical Studies from Penn, M.D. from Penn State College of Medicine, and M.P.P. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He completed an emergency medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital where he was a chief resident and a fellowship in point-of-care ultrasound at Penn.