Paul E. Casey has served as chief medical officer of Rush University Medical Center since June 2019. He is also a practicing emergency medicine physician, and an associate professor and vice chairperson of operations (since July 2017) in the Rush Department of Emergency Medicine.
As chief medical officer, Casey is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of the Medical Center’s clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement initiatives. He cultivates collaborative partnerships between the academic medical practice and corporate programs, including clinical care delivery.
Casey was instrumental in spearheading Rush’s nationally lauded COVID-19 response strategy, rapidly mobilizing Rush for the treatment and testing of patients. As the physician director of Rush’s COVID-19 Hospital Incident Command Center, he oversees clinical preparations for novel 2019 coronavirus cases and manages ongoing clinical operations related to the pandemic.
On Oct. 1, 2021, Casey became interim president of the faculty practice group. In his role, he manages the clinical operations of Rush University Medical Group (RUMG) in addition to his ongoing responsibilities as chief medical officer. He collaborates with RUMG operational leaders to ensure that all Rush-operated clinics provide high-quality, cost-effective care, and with Rush Medical College leadership to ensure alignment of clinical operations with education and research.
He previously was the Medical Center’s associate chief medical officer and senior patient safety officer, which he was appointed in July 2018.
He led a Medical Center-wide process and performance improvement initiative and instituted several process changes focused on quality and operational efficiency in emergency medicine. Prior to becoming chief medical officer, Casey served as the Medical Center’s associate chief medical information officer, guiding information services projects as well as department-level electronic health record optimization and provider efficiency training.
Casey joined Rush in 2010 as an emergency room attending physician and shortly thereafter became the Department of Emergency Medicine’s medical director for process improvement and patient experience. He earned his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency in both emergency and internal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. He recently completed an MBA at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.