Omar B. Lateef

Chief Executive Officer at Rush University Medical Center

Omar B. Lateef

Omar B. Lateef

Chief Executive Officer at Rush University Medical Center

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CEO, Rush University Medical Center

Omar Lateef, DO, became the CEO of Rush University Medical Center in May 2019. He was the chief medical officer of the Medical Center and of Rush University System for Health from January 2015 and June 2018, respectively, through June 2019.

As the Medical Center's chief medical officer, Lateef helped design, implement and oversee Medical Center initiatives related to clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement. Under his leadership, Rush system hospitals performed exceptionally well in rankings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report, the Leapfrog Group and Vizient, which in 2018 ranked Rush University Medical Center second among 99 participating academic health systems across that nation in quality and accountability.

Lateef is a recognized leader in the measurement of health care quality, and has worked with physicians and analysts at Rush and from academic medical centers across the nation to evaluate the driving factors and methodology for quality rankings by CMS, U.S. News and others. Lateef and his colleagues have evaluated and recommended changes to the rating systems to confirm that they are accurate and a fair reflection of quality. His work to ensure that key national measures are transparent, measure what they are intended to measure and have no unintended consequences has profoundly impacted how health care quality is viewed and reported at Rush and across the country.

Lateef, who joined Rush in 2002, was appointed associate chief medical officer in 2009 and vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in 2012. He also served as program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program and as director of the medical intensive care unit.

A former associate dean of medical sciences at Rush University, Lateef is currently a professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine. He has won numerous teaching awards at the University and led educational programs that ranked repeatedly among the top five in the country.

In 1995, Lateef earned a bachelor’s of science in religious studies from the University of Florida - Gainesville. Four years later, he received his medical degree from Des Moines University, after which he completed his internship and residency at New York University Downtown Hospital. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush in 2005.

Lateef has published extensively on scientific and ethical issues in critical care medicine and spoken internationally on improving health care and its delivery. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health. Renowned Patient Care Rush University Medical Center encompasses a 664-bed hospital serving adults and children, including the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, which provides medical and rehabilitative care to older adults and people with short- and long-term disabilities. It includes Rush's 376-bed Tower hospital building, which opened in 2012 as part of the Medical Center's major campus renovation. Rush's commitment to sustainability innovation earned the Tower LEED Gold certification. It is the largest new construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified. Rush's renovation also includes Rush's Orthopedic Building, which opened in 2010, and the ongoing campuswide implementation of an electronic medical record system, enhancing patient care and safety. A unique combination of research and patient care has earned Rush national rankings in 11 of 16 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 America's Best Hospitals issue, among other recognitions of our quality of care and accreditations. Our nurses are at the forefront of our efforts to provide quality care, receiving Magnet status three times for making outstanding nursing care the standard at the Medical Center. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to receive Magnet status — the highest honor in nursing — and the first in Illinois to earn a third four-year designation. And some of the world’s best athletes trust themselves to the hands of our physicians. Rush is proud to be the preferred hospital for the Chicago Bulls and home to the team physicians for both the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.

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Rush System for Health provides general health care services. It serves through the integration of patient care, education, and research and community partnerships. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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