Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Health

Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D.

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Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., is chief medical officer (CMO) for Northern California-based Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system caring for 3 million patients—or one in every 100 Americans. As CMO, he has responsibility for quality, patient safety, research and education.

Prior to being named CMO, Lockhart served as Sutter’s regional chief medical officer for the East Bay, chief administrative officer at the St. Luke’s campus of Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and medical administrative director of surgical services at CPMC.

His passion for equitable health outcomes has fueled his leadership efforts to provide equitable care across the Sutter system, which resulted in the design and implementation of a health equity program and Health Equity Index (HEI) across Sutter in 2017. Using a precision medicine-like approach, the HEI provides Sutter with a deeper understanding of health outcomes among different patient populations.

In 2017, Lockhart was named to Governor Brown’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine as part of California’s continued effort to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease.

A Rhodes Scholar, Lockhart earned his master’s in economics at Oxford University, and received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist. An avid climber and backpacker, Lockhart has a long-standing passion for providing environmental science education and introducing the U.S. National Parks to an increasingly diverse population of people. He serves on the boards of NatureBridge, the National Parks Conservation Association, REI, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and is chairman of Parks California – a new statewide nonprofit dedicated to supporting California’s parks and public lands.