Gordon Schiff is leaving his posts as director of clinical quality research and improvement at Chicagos 460-bed John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and professor of medicine at Rush Medical College to become an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He will also be conducting research and practicing medicine at Brigham and Womens Hospital. He said his areas of research will include patient safety, quality improvement, medical informatics and computerized physician order entry.
An internist, Schiff said he officially begins Dec. 1 at Harvard, and he officially retired from Stroger July 1, but continues to see patients there while finishing research projects. Schiff, who turns 57 on July 16, has worked professionally at Stroger and its predecessor, Cook County Hospital, for 31 years and started his career there as an emergency room volunteer in 1970.
A founder of the Chicago Patient Safety Forum, Schiff was given a lifetime achievement award by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices last year and was also included on Modern Healthcares 30th anniversary issues 30 for the Future list as someone who could have a powerful impact on healthcare in the years ahead.
I saw myself staying at County forever, and Im very committed to the patient population here and the work weve been doing, but this is a different way to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish, Schiff said. County has had its ups and downs, and now we need new blood and another generation to come here and roll up their sleeves and fight the good fight and be patient advocates. -- by Andis Robeznieks