About Stephen A. Knych, MD, MBA, M.Th.
Dr. Stephen A. Knych is an established orthopaedic clinician and executive leader who has over 25 years of experience in the patient care arena in active duty military facilities, Veterans’ Affairs facilities, and civilian healthcare facilities. Dr. Knych’s Medical Staff appointments have included serving as Orthopaedic Department Chairperson 3 times and as Vice President of Medical Affairs at an ambulatory care facility and an inpatient bedded facility. He was the Executive Officer-in-charge of successfully establishing a Community-Based Primary Care Clinic while at Langley AFB, VA. In his role as Vice President, Medical Affairs, he has supervised a staff of up to 180 Licensed Independent Practitioners. While in leadership roles, he successfully navigated four JC surveys including one with a grid score of 99. Dr. Knych has been in leadership roles as a Medical Operations Squadron commander and deployed squadron commander. He has played pivotal roles in the development and implementation of the Air Force’s current deployed theater hospital system in operation in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In culmination of a distinguished Air Force career, Dr. Knych served as the Chief Orthopaedic Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General. He was hand-picked by the Surgeon General to be the medical lead to stand up the Air Force Directorate of Homeland Security after the terror attacks of 9/11. He completed his MBA online in Dec 2001 while serving as the deployed Medical Squadron Commander at Incirlik AB, Turkey. As a clinician and healthcare executive, Dr. Knych participated in the conversion of Air Force medicine from a “cottage” industry, to an integrated healthcare network during the implementation of TriCare. He has delivered patient care in ambulatory clinics, hospitals, and helped develop operational and strategic-level healthcare plans, policies and programs at the Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon.
Dr. Knych retired in June 2006 and began practicing Orthopaedic Surgery at Florida Hospital, Celebration Health as part of the Celebration Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute. In January 2008, he departed from clinical practice to assume the executive leadership role of Chief, Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence at Florida Hospital, Celebration Health. In January 2010, Dr. Knych assumed additional duties as the Senior Patient Safety Officer for the 8 campus Florida Hospital System. In January 2012 while continuing his role at the system level, Dr. Knych realigned a majority of his efforts at Florida Hospital, Celebration Health to duties as the Campus Chief Medical Officer leading efforts to engage and build clinical leaders, and improve clinical performance among the 209 physicians that designate Florida Hospital, Celebration Health as their primary campus.
In June 2013, Dr. Knych accepted his current position as the Corporate Vice President, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Adventist Health System. AHS serves over 4 million patients a year from 44 facilities across 10 states. He is primarily responsible for the design, deployment and oversight of the Clinical and Safety Programs for the largest Protestant Health Care System in the United States.
The UCF College of Medicine welcomed Dr. Knych in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Medical Education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Since then Dr. Knych has also taken on the role of Patient Safety Longitudinal Curricular Theme Medical Director. Additionally, he serves as a student mentor and Focused Individualized Research Experience (FIRE) Mentor.
Recent Research and Publications
- C01-2012 Porcine Use for Physician and Medical Personnel Education – Robotics and NOTES, NOS, SPA, etc., Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, 404 Celebration Place, Celebration Florida.
- B01-2012 Porcine Use for Physician and Medical Personnel Education – Open and
- Procedures Etc., Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, 404 Celebration Place, Celebration Florida.
- Physician Reviewer: Pilot Patient Harm Study, served on panel of three physicians to design and test medical record review protocol for identifying adverse events among cases in 24 hospitals, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, June – December 2008. Report Titles: Adverse Events in Hospitals: Case Study of Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries in Two Selected Counties (OEI-06-08-00220), December 2008. Available online at http://ohhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-08-00220.pdf. Adverse Events in Hospitals: Methods for Identifying Events (OEI-06-08-00221), March 2010. Available online at http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-08-00221.pdf
- Physician Reviewer: Congressionally-Mandated National Patient Harm Study, served on panel of five physicians to design and conduct medical record review for identifying adverse events and assessing preventability among cases in 682 hospitals nationwide, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, January 2009 – May 2010. Report Title: Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries (OEI-06-09-00090), October 2010.
- Physician Reviewer: National Post-Acute Care Harm Study, serving on panel 2014 – July 2015. https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-14-00110.pdf
- Knych, Stephen A. MD, MBA Handoffs and Transitions in Care: An Inpatient Perspe
- Prescriptions for Excellence in Health Care, 2011; 11(Spring): 6-8.
- Knych, Stephen A. MD, MBA Committing to the One Constant of Care: The Patient.
- Transformative Health, 2013; Jan. 22. Online at: transformativehealth.info
- Perez, Bianca PhD, Knych, Stephen MD, MBA, Weaver, Sallie, PhD, Liberman, Aaron, PhD, Abel, Eileen, PhD,
- of five physicians to design and conduct medical reviews to identify the rate of harm in Medicare beneficiaries. Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries (OEI-06-11-00370) S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Evaluation and Inspections, July 2012 – Feb 2014. https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-11-00370.pdf
- Physician Reviewer: National Adverse Events study designed as a continuation of above studies to determine the rates of harm in Medicare Beneficiaries in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Setting. Adverse Events in Rehabilitation Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries (OEI-06-14-00110) March
- Oetjen, Dawn, PhD, and Thomas T.H.Wan PhD. Understanding the Barriers to Physician Error Reporting and Disclosure: A Systematic Approach to a Systemic Problem. Journal of Patient Safety 2014; 10: 45-51.
- Weaver, J., Rosen, M. A., DiazGranados, D., Lazzara, E. H., Lyons, R. Salas, E., Knych, S. A., McKeever, M., Adler, L., Barker, M., & King, H. (2010). Does teamwork improve performance in the operating room?: A multi-level evaluation. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 36(3), 133-142.