Entrepreneur Selected as 2017 DO Commencement Speaker


June 12, 2017

A native of the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Dr. Keith Leaphart has worked tirelessly for more than 15 years to support his community and the city at large through his work as a physician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A drive to give back imbues all of his endeavors.

While enrolled at PCOM, he worked as an administrative intern at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. During this time, he established two independent businesses. After graduating with a dual DO/MBA degree, he worked for a time as a “long-term” substitute at George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science in Philadelphia.

In 2009, Dr. Leaphart took leadership of Replica Creative, a Philadelphia-based print shop. In 2013, he oversaw the launch of Creative Café @ Replica, the first café of its kind in the country—a coffee shop with the traditional offerings of a design and print firm. In 2015, he founded Wallsome, a design firm specializing in creative wall graphics.

Dr. Leaphart currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Lenfest Foundation. In that role, works to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth in Philadelphia through myriad programs. He also serves on the boards of several other organizations, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia Media Network, The Science Center and The Lenfest Scholars Foundation. He also serves on Comcast Corporation’s external Joint Diversity Council, comprised of national civic and business leaders.

He is a 2013 recipient of the Vision for Philadelphia Award. He maintains active memberships in the the American Osteopathic Association, the Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania, and the National Black MBA Association.

Dr. Leaphart earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hampton University and a dual DO/MBA degree through PCOM’s partnership with St. Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and since 2005, has practiced medicine at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.