Published on February 06, 2012

Lohmuller Named VP of Medical Staff Affairs For GMC Davenport

Joseph L. Lohmuller, M.D., MS, FACS, has been named Vice President of Medical Staff Affairs for Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, Wayne Diewald, President of GMC Davenport has announced.

Dr. Lohmuller, who has served Genesis in multiple capacities for nearly 20 years, began his new duties on Monday, Feb. 6. He will work part-time as the physician executive leader, allowing him to continue medical practice at Davenport Surgical Group, PC, where he is President.

Dr. Lohmuller takes over for Frank Claudy, M.D., who had served in the position from 1997 until his August 2011 appointment to the new position of Physician Liaison for Patient Care Progression. The Medical Affairs duties had been handled in the interim by Jim Lehman, M.D., Vice President, Quality, Genesis Health System.

In his new executive role, Dr. Lohmuller will serve as liaison between Genesis Medical Center medical staff, which includes more than 700 active, provisional and courtesy doctors and associate professionals, and the administrative team. He will ensure that Genesis standards for medical practice are maintained through the ongoing development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support quality care, patient safety, clinical quality improvement, medical staff development and physician engagement.

"Dr. Lohmuller has been an actively-involved physician during his long connection to Genesis, earning a much-deserved reputation as a role model who leads by example. That makes him ideally suited for this position,” said Diewald in making the announcement. “He is a talented physician who exemplifies the highest ethical standards, is respected by his colleagues and loved by his patients and staff.

“I can think of no one better to engage the medical staff members who practice at Genesis, foster quality relationships with them and promote excellence in quality care and patient service,” added Dr. Lehman. “Dr. Lohmuller is an outstanding addition to our leadership team.”

Dr. Lohmuller had served as the Trauma Program Medical Director at GMC Davenport, a Level II Trauma Center, since 1994, and has worked to reduce trauma in many ways.  He continues to advocate the use of traffic control cameras and has participated in mock accident re-enactments before prom night to discourage impaired teenage drivers. He was instrumental in Genesis offering free prom photos to all prom-goers who sign a pledge to be alcohol-free, to not be distracted drivers and to wear their seatbelts on prom night.

He also served as the Clinical Medical Director at the Genesis Kenneth H. McKay, M.D., Center for Breast Health, is a past president of the GMC Davenport Medical Staff and serves on numerous committees. In 2010, he led an initiative to transform a barren, pebble-covered roof into a rooftop garden that provides a healing view for three floors of patients at the GMC East Rusholme Street campus.

“This is an exciting personal and professional opportunity to work closely with a medical staff I hold in high regard,” said Dr. Lohmuller. “I look forward to cultivating physician relationships as we continue to focus on quality, efficiency and providing the best care for our patients.”
In 2011, Dr. Lohmuller was named an Iowa Hospital Hero by the Iowa Hospital Association. Iowa Hospital Heroes are honored for giving tirelessly of their time, talent and expertise to improve their organization and the world around them.

Dr. Lohmuller is the Medical Director of a medical mission team that serves in Arequipa, Peru, through Medical Ministry International, providing medical, surgical, and dental care to the underprivileged of that country each year. He has led this mission for more than ten years, accompanied by nurses, physicians, residents, students, and others who are dedicated to the welfare of their fellow man.

Dr. Lohmuller attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then earned his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Medical Genetics degrees from Indiana University, finishing his studies in 1986. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in 1991 and joined the Davenport Surgical Group, where he has since practiced surgery.
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