Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Philip Okala

Philip Okala, MA

Chief Operating Officer, Penn Medicine

Phil Okala is Chief Operating Officer at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In this role, he has executive oversight for the health system’s hospitals, clinical service line operations and integration. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President for Business Development at Penn Medicine, overseeing strategy and business development initiatives. He provided executive leadership on major health system initiatives for strategic marketing positioning, which included expanding clinical service lines, successful mergers and strategic alliances across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Before joining Penn Medicine in 2007, Phil held executive positions at other organizations including: System Vice President of the Cancer Service Line at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA; Vice President for Clinical Strategic Planning at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY; and management positions at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He has a master’s in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University; Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Houston – University Park; and an advanced certification in Healthcare Executive Leadership from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He is involved with numerous community and professional organizations and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).