Kelley Kugler, MS

Senior Innovation Manager
Kelley Kugler is a senior innovation manager at the Acceleration Lab. In this role, she leads projects that improve how patients and employees experience care inside and well beyond Penn Medicine's walls. She is passionate about aligning the ways of medicine with the ways of life, recognizing the influence of mundane factors such as a physical residence or a morning routine on an individual's mental health and overall well-being.
Before joining the team, Kelley was an innovation strategist with Idea Couture, a design thinking firm. She worked on teams across San Francisco, London, and New York, focusing on smart homes, international shipping, and food retail. Kelley often borrows inspiration from these communities and industries to rethink what is possible within the world of health care.
Kelley received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience and studio art from Dartmouth College. She also earned a master's degree in the social science of the internet from the University of Oxford, where she explored how recent retirees leverage technology to help them age in place. 
Passion areas

Nuturing healthy brains and behaviors 

Favorite project outcome

Identified patients in the hospital with underlying mental health needs and connected them to care on the first day of their stay

What will the future of health care look like?

Care will be embedded into our everyday environments and routines.

Wish for the future of health and medicine

It will focus on building health as much as reducing sickness.

Favorite innovator

Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley

Favorite quote about innovation

"Let us remember: Every struggle for reform, innovation, or justice starts with a voice in the wilderness.” – Yo-Yo Ma

Favorite travel destination

The Algarve

I could teach you how to


Favorite downtime activity

Yoga and woodworking

My Pet

This is Stella.