Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine has announced the appointment of Michael J. Schmidt, MD, as chief medical officer, effective June 17, 2024. Loyola’s academic health system includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital

In this role, Dr. Schmidt will oversee quality and safety, medical staff functions and peer review at LUMC. He will also join the LUMC leadership team. Dr. Schmidt will hold a faculty appointment from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Schmidt joins Loyola from Northwestern Medicine where he was a practicing clinician and associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine for 20 years. He is the immediate past chief of staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Schmidt's expertise includes process improvement, clinical operations and efficiency, access and care coordination, quality and safety. He has published multiple peer-reviewed publications, editorials, abstracts and medical textbook chapters and has given more than 60 presentations, many at national medical conferences. Dr. Schmidt is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Schmidt has received many teaching awards from medical students and residents. Along with his clinical leadership, he will help educate the next generation of physicians.

Dr. Schmidt received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati and is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is the immediate past chief of staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“We are excited for Dr. Schmidt to join Loyola Medicine,” said Richard K. Freeman, MD. “His dedication to quality, patient safety and process improvement will directly impact our patients and the communities we serve. We are looking forward to the advancements he will bring to Loyola, keeping our patients at the forefront.”



About Loyola Medicine 

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a nationally ranked academic, quaternary care system based in Chicago's western suburbs. The three-hospital system includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital, as well as convenient locations offering primary care, specialty care and immediate care services from nearly 2,000 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, the John L. Keeley, MD, Emergency Department, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center, transplant center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its academic affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Established in 1961, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park that includes the Judd A. Weinberg Emergency Department, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care, Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center, acute rehabilitation, a transitional care center, childcare center and fitness center. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-licensed-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced medical, surgical and psychiatric services and a 68-bed behavioral health program. 

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About Trinity Health 

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic health care systems in the nation. It is a family of 121,000 colleagues and nearly 36,500 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities across 27 states. Nationally recognized for care and experience, the Trinity Health system includes 101 hospitals, 126 continuing care locations, the second largest PACE program in the country, 136 urgent care locations and many other health and well-being services. In fiscal year 2023, the Livonia, Michigan-based health system invested $1.5 billion in its communities in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. For more information, visit us at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X (formerly known as Twitter). 

About Loyola University Chicago 

Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,600 students. The University has five campuses: four in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course offerings at the Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois. The University features 15 schools, colleges, and institutes. Ranked a leading national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations including AmeriCorps and the Carnegie Foundation. To learn more about Loyola, visit or follow us on X via @LoyolaChicago

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