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Glassroth Named President of Northwestern Faculty Practice

Position is a homecoming for chief academic officer

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December 9, 2009 | by Marla Paul
CHICAGO --- Jeffrey Glassroth, M.D., has been named president and chief executive officer of the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF), the 700-member physician practice of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Glassroth has been vice dean and chief academic officer at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the interim president of NMFF.

The new position is a homecoming for Glassroth, who rejoined Northwestern in 2007 from Tufts University School of Medicine. When he was previously at Northwestern's medical school - a career spanning nearly 15 years - Glassroth had been executive vice president and chief operating officer of NMFF.  

"I'm really excited to be returning to a leadership position at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation," Glassroth said. "The Faculty Foundation has been remarkably successful in its dual roles as a premier provider of health care and as one of the engines for the Feinberg School of Medicine pursuing its academic mission.  With the evolution of medical science in general and the evolution of our academic medical center in particular, the potential for NMFF to expand its impact on the health of Chicago, the region and medicine more broadly has never been greater."

"Jeff Glassroth brings a clear vision for the future of our academic practice plan, coupled with extensive leadership experience and a steadfast commitment to the values and goals of Northwestern Medicine," said J. Larry Jameson, M.D., vice president for medical affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School. Northwestern Medicine represents the clinical and research collaborations between Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

"Our opportunities have never been greater at Northwestern," Jameson added. "We have outstanding physicians across all specialties of medicine, unparalleled clinical facilities and a vision to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care that is informed continuously by new knowledge and innovation. I look forward to Dr. Glassroth's thoughtful leadership as we aspire to improve the health of our community and disseminate new knowledge and best clinical practices."

Glassroth first joined what was then called Northwestern University Medical School in 1981 as an assistant professor of medicine. He was later promoted to professor of medicine and the Gilbert H. Marquardt Professor of Internal Medicine. He went on to become vice chair in the department of medicine and associate dean for clinical/academic affairs.

After Glassroth left Northwestern, he held department chairs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison, Wis., and the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia, Pa. Before rejoining Northwestern, he was vice dean and professor of medicine at Tufts.

Glassroth succeeds James Schroeder, M.D., the former president and chief executive officer of NMFF for more than ten years. Schroeder left that post in July to become senior associate dean for external relations at the Feinberg School.  

Jameson reflected on Schroeder's legacy. "Jim Schroeder's leadership marked a period of remarkable transformation at NMFF," he said. "The organization grew by more than 50 percent to its current size. NMFF was one of the first multi-specialty practice groups to adopt an electronic health record. Dr. Schroeder has been a strong proponent of NMFF's role in research, education and community service. He was also a driving force in quality improvement and patient safety efforts."