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Larry J. Goodman, MD, CEO

Larry Goodman, MD

Larry J. Goodman, MD, is CEO of the Rush System. He is also the CEO of Rush University Medical Center, a position he has held since 2002. He holds the academic rank of professor of internal medicine, and is the James A. Campbell, MD, Distinguished Service Chair of Rush University

Before his appointments as CEO, Goodman served as senior vice president of medical affairs and dean of Rush Medical College. From 1995 to 1998, Goodman was the medical director of Cook County Hospital (now the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County). Prior to that appointment, Goodman served at Rush University Medical Center as an infectious disease specialist, associate dean of Rush Medical College and as assistant dean of clinical curriculum.

Goodman is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at Rush University Medical Center. During his fellowship he served as chief medical resident before joining the faculty. 

Rush University Medical Center consistently has been ranked among the top U.S. academic medical centers for quality of care. Multiple Rush programs annually are ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Hospitals” issue, and Rush University Medical Center was the first hospital in Illinois caring for adults and children that earned Magnet designation — a nationally recognized mark of nursing excellence. In January of 2016, the Medical Center received its fourth consecutive Magnet designation

The Rush System includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush-Copley Medical Center (located in Aurora, Illinois), Rush Oak Park Hospital (Oak Park, Illinois), their respective subsidiaries and affiliates and numerous outpatient facilities located throughout the metropolitan Chicago area. In FY2016, the three system hospitals had a combined annual total of 49,830 patient admissions, 184,172 emergency department visits and nearly one million outpatient visits, with annual operating revenue of greater than $2 billion. In 2015, the nation’s three leading bond rating agencies each issued upgraded financial outlooks for Rush.

Over the last ten years, Rush University Medical Center has undergone a $1 billion campus transformation effort that included the 2012 opening of a state-of-the-art hospital, the Tower, designed to improve patient outcomes and better accommodate patients and families. The Tower was the largest Gold LEED certified hospital in the world when it opened and has a flexible infrastructure to accommodate surge capacity to treat mass casualties from a disaster or pandemic.

From 2002 until early 2019, Goodman was president of Rush University. During Goodman’s leadership, enrollment in theUniversity doubled to more than 2,500 students. The University includes Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranked eight programs in the College of Nursing and two programs in the College of Health Sciences among the top 10 in the country.

Goodman serves on the Board of The CORE Foundation, a model public-private venture between Cook County and Rush University Medical Center that established The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, which cares for approximately 7,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. Goodman is also on the executive committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and a board member of its Civic Consulting Alliance, which provides pro bono consulting services to the City of Chicago and Cook County in areas of greatest public need.