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., directs the quality and safety of Sutter’s patient care and oversees the research and education that drives Sutter’s innovation and healthcare advancement. Dr. Lockhart brings 30 years of impressive experience to Sutter’s integrated network – hospital administrator, board-certified anesthesiologist, university professor, published author and nationally recognized environmental steward and humanitarian.

Dr. Lockhart is dedicated to understanding and addressing health equity as a key measure of healthcare quality. Most recently, he led the development and implementation of Sutter’s Health Equity Index, a groundbreaking tool that uses real-time health system data and external statistics to identify healthcare disparities and address their underlying causes.

A Rhodes scholar, Dr. Lockhart earned his master’s in economics at Oxford University and received his medical and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He is an avid climber and backpacker with a long-standing passion for providing environmental science education and introducing the U.S. National Parks to a more diverse population. He serves on the boards of the ECRI Institute, 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.