Dr. Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP was appointed commissioner
of the Kentucky Department for Public Health by Gov. Andy Beshear in February
2020. He resides in Lexington, KY and is a practicing emergency physician.
For more than 20 years Stack has been a leader in the
medical profession. He has served on boards of directors and in senior
leadership roles for numerous geographic and specialty medical societies.
In 2006, he became the first emergency physician elected to
the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving
as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the youngest president since 1854.
Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency
departments, including St. Joseph East (Lexington), St. Joseph Mt. Sterling
(rural eastern Kentucky) and Baptist Memorial Hospital (Memphis, TN). He has
more than 18 years of emergency medicine, administrative and clinical practice
experience in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
In 2018 Stack joined The University of Tennessee Haslam
College of Business as adjunct professor. In this role, he lectures on
healthcare policy and the mechanics of advocacy to physicians in the Physician
Executive MBA program as well as to both physician and non-physician healthcare
leaders enrolled in executive education programs.
Stack has focused experience in health information technology
(IT). A nationally recognized advocate, he bridges bedside care with
governmental policy and served on numerous federal advisory committees for the
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2010
- 2016. Additionally, he served from 2012 - 2016 as board member and secretary
of eHealth Initiative, a Washington, DC-based non-profit association improving
health care through the advancement of health IT.
His other areas of expertise include emergency department
and hospital management, health system reform, physician licensure and
regulation and healthcare anti-trust issues. Stack has extensive experience in
policymaking and advocacy at federal, state and local levels before legislative
bodies and executive branch regulatory agencies. He also is a skilled public speaker
and longtime advocate for universal access to affordable, high- quality
Born and raised in Cleveland, Stack graduated magna cum
laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he was a Henry
Bean Scholar for classical studies. He returned to Ohio to complete medical
school and emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University before
moving to Memphis to begin his clinical practice.
In 2006 Stack and his family relocated to Lexington. He
completed his MBS at UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business in December 2017. Stack
is married and the proud father of one daughter. His wife, Tracie is a practicing
allergy/asthma/ immunology specialist. She holds both MD and PhD academic credentials.
In his leisure time Stack enjoys the study of classical
Greek and Roman and U.S. presidential history, photography and traveling with