JOHN B. BULGER, DO '95, MBA
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
John B. Bulger, DO ’95, MBA, currently serves as vice chairman of the PCOM Board of
Trustees; he joined the Board in 2007.
Dr. Bulger serves as chief medical officer of the Geisinger Health Plan in Danville,
Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s largest rural HMOs. His work centers on population
health and the implementation of patient-focused, value-driven improvement strategies.
Before joining Geisinger Health Plan in 2015, Dr. Bulger held several positions at
Geisinger, most recently serving as chief quality officer. He has led clinical, operational
and educational programs at Geisinger. These include director of hospital medicine,
program director of the osteopathic internal medicine residency, associate chief academic
officer, and chief quality officer.
Dr. Bulger is a recognized leader in quality and patient safety and serves on regional
and national groups aimed at improving the quality of medical care. He is also a leader
in osteopathic medical education. He has held leadership positions in undergraduate
and graduate medical education accreditation. He holds an appointment as a clinical
professor of medicine at PCOM.
Dr. Bulger is a Master of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI), the
American College of Physicians, and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical
Educators (AODME), and he is a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
He holds leadership positions in many medical organizations and institutions including
the National Quality Forum, the American Medical Group Association, and the Pennsylvania
Rural Health Model Board. He is a past president of the ACOI and the AODME, and he
is vice chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the
recipient of numerous leadership and teaching awards, and has published on quality
and education topics.
A lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, Dr. Bulger is a graduate of Juniata College,
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Pennsylvania State University.
His wife, Michele Ann Neff-Bulger, DO ’98, also a Juniata and PCOM graduate, is a
board-certified general pediatrician and a member of Geisinger’s faculty. A mutual
friend introduced them in PCOM’s library in 1993. They reside in Danville, Pennsylvania,
with their children Ethan, Ben and Ava.