Mo Kasti is the CEO and founder of CTI and its Physician Leadership Institute dedicated to accelerating clinical transformation through leadership and innovation.  Physician leadership training and development services from CTI’s Physician Leadership Institute™ have earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association.

An energetic and creative innovator with more than twenty-five years experience in healthcare and leadership, Mo is an expert in transforming physicians, leaders and organizations. An award-winning and highly sought-after speaker, Mo trains and coaches physicians and leaders globally. Mo’s recent book, “Physician Leadership: The RX for Healthcare Transformation” has received high praise from executives across the healthcare industry. Mo has spoken on healthcare leadership topics to hundreds of physician and C-Suite audiences.

His passion and work to “change the DNA of medicine through leadership” have been praised by physicians, deans, hospital leaders and national organizations.

Mo’s previous roles include the Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Operating Officer for USF Health and successful leadership and executive roles for General Electric Healthcare (NYSE: GE), a top Fortune magazine most admired company and #1 market leader in diagnostic equipment and services.

Mo serves on the Tampa Bay Incubator council of professionals and is a mentor for multiple start-up companies; He is the co-chair and co-founder of Start Up Scholars Innovation Academy at Tampa bay Chamber of Commerce.

Mo has a Masters of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and has earned numerous awards as a coach, trainer, and speaker on leadership development. He is certified as a Master Black Belt (MBB) in Lean Six Sigma and Master Change Agent (MCA) in Change Management. Mo is a life long learner and student of ancient Asian teachings (i.e. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, The Seven Chinese Military Classics, and The Five Rings) as they apply to strategy and leadership.  Mo’s academic appointments include the USF College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Engineering, College of Business, and College of Pharmacy. He has received numerous management awards for outstanding performance and holds several patents.

Mo lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and two sons. 

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Featured Presentations

Physician Leadership: The Rx for Healthcare Transformation: Physician leadership is an essential component to successful healthcare transformation and most physicians are currently ill-prepared to lead others. Kasti highlights the symptoms that physicians and healthcare organizations are experiencing as a result of a leadership vacuum and provides a solution that defines, measures, analyzes, improves, and verifies leadership evolution. Many specific examples, which will resonate with anyone working in healthcare today, as well as successful case studies, are cited. The lack of trained physician leaders largely explains why healthcare continues to be at the crossroads, unable to chart a vision for this millennium, plagued with inconsistent and uneven quality of care, mired in cost overruns, underachieving results, and a physician workforce which feels disconnected from patients and the organization.  However, when physicians turn their energy and attention to providing leadership, the results are nothing short of transformative. 

Taking the Lead on Innovation: Innovation in healthcare is not easy. Much is at stake and healthcare is a highly regulated industry. Change of any kind can be frightening and frustrating. Physicians often feel beleaguered by new mandates that can feel more like impositions than innovations. And healthcare executives sometimes bemoan the problem of getting physicians to “buy in” to new initiatives. But physicians are not the problem. They are the answer. Turning physicians, who are too often seen as obstacles, into leaders who suggest and champion improvements large and small, is true innovation. The first small, incremental step is for executives to recognize physician potential and help them develop their leadership abilities.

Innovation - Innovative and Creative Thinking in Health Care- Artist-Led Workshop: Innovation in healthcare is not easy. Much is at stake and healthcare is a highly regulated industry. Change of any kind can be frightening and frustrating. This workshop co-facilitated by an artist and Mo Kasti shows healthcare leaders and physicians how to increase resilience and positive disposition to change. Leaders and physicians learn how to find possibilities in existing resources and how to have the courage to let go of predetermined outcomes and understand how constraints fuel creativity. Participants walk away having gained a deeper appreciation for diverse perspectives and how to foster collaboration and increase team morale.

Integrated Leadership Build a Culture of Trust:  Integrated leadership in healthcare refers to collaboration between an organization’s executive management team and its physicians. During the long period of transactional, fee-based healthcare services, health system administrators and physicians co-existed within a framework to provide care, but their decision-making responsibilities were separate and entirely different. The demand for value-based accountable care has changed all that. Healthcare institution executives and physicians are now mutually responsible for delivering better outcomes at lower costs. This can only happen through meaningful collaboration, or integrated leadership. Without trust, there is no alignment, without alignment, there is no engagement, and without engagement, there can be no transformation. Functional trust-based partnerships between physicians and hospital executives hinge upon the ability of each partner to work together, in service of shared clinical and business priorities.

Physician Talent Management and the Special Challenges and Rewards of Engaging, Retaining, and Integrating Physicians: A hospital, no matter the size or type, can only be as good as the talent that it employs. The pressure to achieve, and prove, a high level of performance has never been greater. Only those hospitals that know how to recruit, retain, and advance the best talent will succeed. Unfortunately, healthcare lags distressingly behind every other industry sector, from manufacturing to financial services, in succession planning and leadership development. Forget using a “one-size fits all” approach to talent management. Physicians are a breed apart and require a very different approach to meaningful and effective talent management, which must be considered for the successful recruitment, onboarding, alignment, engagement, and retention of quality physicians. Healthcare CEOs are concerned about the lack of bench strength in their organizations. They are worried they lack sufficient "ready now" physician candidates to replace both planned and unplanned losses of key leaders. Without physicians who are prepared to step into leadership positions, the continuity and future performance of the organization is at risk.

Speaker Topics

  • Health Care Reform
  • Hospital/Physician Relations and Clinical Integration
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Physician Leadership
  • Strategic Planning

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator
  • Webinar Presenter