Stephen Lockhart
Published May 25, 2020
Updated May 25, 2020

Dr. Stephen Lockhart is the chief medical officer at Sutter Health, where he oversees the quality and safety of the organization’s patient care, as well as research and education. Sutter Health is a not-for-profit health care network in California.

Lockhart has more than 30 years of experience in the field, including as a hospital administrator, board-certified anesthesiologist and university professor. He led the development of Sutter’s Health Equity Index, which uses health system data, combined with other information, like demographics, to quantify and predict health outcomes for specific racial or ethnic groups. When the index was launched in 2016, it was used to quantify disparities in patient care for conditions such as asthma and diabetes. 

Previously, Lockhart was the chief administrative officer at the St. Luke’s campus of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, located in San Francisco. There, he was involved in the entitlement process for the center’s new hospitals, improving operations and engaging in community outreach.

The National Medical Fellowships awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019 for his service in health care and humanitarian work. Lockhart is also the chairman of the nonprofit Parks California, which supports the state’s parks. 

As a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University. He has a Ph.D. in biostatistics and an M.D. from Cornell University.

Expertise: Health equity, anesthesiology, biostatistics, herd immunity, hospital pandemic preparedness, patient care and safety 

Location: Oakland, Calif.

Contact Angie Sheets:

Phone: 916-494-9547

Email: sheetsa@sutterhealth.org

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