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Dr. Omar Lateef Appointed Chief Medical Officer

(CHICAGO) -- Rush University Medical Center has chosen Dr. Omar Lateef as its new chief medical officer. Lateef, 41, a pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist, is associate professor of pulmonary medicine and the current associate chief medical officer at Rush. He succeeds Dr. David Ansell, who was recently named senior vice president, system integration.  

As Rush’s senior physician leader, Lateef will help design, implement and ultimately oversee the organization’s clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement initiatives.

“Our steady progress towards being the leading academic health system in the region and nationally recognized for transforming health care is built upon the type of teamwork demonstrated by both Dr. Ansell and Dr. Lateef,” said Michael Dandorph, executive vice president and chief operating officer, who made the announcement.

“While our medical staff of more than 900 represents virtually every specialty of care, Rush continues to strengthen its national reputation by prioritizing the collaboration that brings our patients the value of many minds by working in teams.”

Lateef has been associate chief medical officer since 2009, senior vice chair of the department of medicine since 2012, and the associate dean of medical sciences in Rush Medical College since 2013. He also has served as program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program and director of the medical intensive care unit.

He received his medical degree from Des Moines University, completed his internship and residency at New York University Downtown Hospital where he was assistant chief resident. Following that he completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush. Lateef earned a Bachelor of Science degree in religious studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has published extensively on scientific and ethical issues in critical care medicine. 

“I am extremely excited to continue the great tradition of advanced health care at Rush, “said Lateef. 

He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Physicians.

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