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Larry J. Goodman, MD, CEO

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

Before his appointment 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 as an infectious disease specialist, as associate dean of Rush Medical College and as assistant dean of clinical curriculum.

He 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. During his fellowship he served as chief medical resident before joining the faculty. 

Rush 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 was the first hospital in Illinois caring for adults and children to earn Magnet designation — a nationally recognized mark of nursing excellence. Last year, Rush earned its fourth consecutive four-year Magnet designation.

In 2015, the nation’s three leading bond rating agencies each issued upgraded financial outlooks for the Rush Obligated Group, which includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush-Copley Medical Center. These hospitals comprise the Rush System with annual operating revenue of greater than $2 billion.

Over the last  10 years, Rush 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. It has a flexible infrastructure to accommodate surge capacity to treat mass casualties from a disaster or pandemic.

During Goodman’s leadership, enrollment in Rush University 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 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Graduate Schools" ranked six 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.

About Rush

Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Rush-Copley Medical Center and Rush University. Rush has a single management team under Goodman and a governing board that oversees inpatient and outpatient clinical operations, basic and clinical research, employed and affiliated physician oversight and university affairs. This integrated structure, unique to academic medical centers, enhances the ability of the team to align these various functions in a patient-centered care model.