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Published on June 18, 2007

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Promotes Two to New Medical and Academic Posts

New Positions Promote Quality Clinical Care, Patient Safety and Advanced Research

Elliott Roth, M.D.

Elliott Roth, MD

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the leading physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital in the country, announced today changes to its medical leadership structure to position RIC to enhance its world-class clinical care, patient safety standards and research vision to continue to make a difference in the world for people with disabilities.

Elliot J. Roth, M.D., is appointed to Chief Academic Officer (CAO) from Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Executive Medical Director.

James Sliwa, D.O., is appointed to Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Chief Quality and Safety Officer from Medical Director of the General Rehabilitation Program.

James Sliwa, D.O.

James Sliwa, DO

“As part of an ongoing patient-centered care strategy, RIC has redefined the roles of two of its most prominent and tenured medical leaders,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO of RIC. “In their new roles, Drs. Roth and Sliwa will leverage their expertise and years of accomplishments, which have contributed so significantly to RIC’s global achievements, to influence and grow our impact across the areas rehabilitation care that underscore our mission as an organization – the best patient care driven by discovery and science.”

As CAO, Dr. Roth will lead all academic and research functions for RIC and ensure that science and discovery are translated to the bedside and promote best care practices at all RIC sites of service and setting standards of care for the world.  

Dr. Roth has more than 25 years of experience at RIC. He will retain his position as Chairman of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which he has held since 1994.

Dr. Sliwa will oversee all patient quality and safety throughout the RIC system of care, leading the quality and safety improvement processes aimed at driving the highest level of performance for patient care and outcomes. Dr. Sliwa completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency training at RIC in 1984 and has been an active physician for the past 20 years. He will retain the role of Program Director for the Residency within the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is dedicated to helping people with all levels and types of physical disabilities live a fulfilling life. U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” every year since 1991. RIC operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehabCenters and outpatient centers located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. It also maintains strategic alliances with other healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and North central Indiana.

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