Published on April 18, 2013

Dr. Lohmuller named Chief Medical Officer for Genesis Health System

Joseph L. Lohmuller, M.D., MS, FACS, has been named to the newly-created position of Chief Medical Officer for Genesis Health System.

Dr. Lohmuller has served Genesis in multiple capacities for nearly 20 years, including the past 14 months as Vice President of Medical Staff Affairs for GMCDavenport. He begins his new duties this week, while continuing medical practice part-time at Davenport Surgical Group, PC, where he has practiced for 22 years.

In this new physician executive position, Dr. Lohmuller will lead the organization forward in the implementation of strategic quality and patient safety initiatives. He also will serve as liaison between the health system and the medical staff, with a goal of strengthening those relationships to drive further engagement and cooperation. Areas of responsibility for the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) are Medical Affairs, Quality Management, Clinical Care Redesign and Pharmacy.

“The appointment of a Chief Medical Officer recognizes the vital role physician leaders play in the success of our organization,” said Wayne Diewald, Chief Operating Officer, Genesis Health System, in making the announcement.

“Fortunately for us, we did not have to look very far to find a dynamic physician to fill this important new role for the health system. Dr. Lohmuller has the energy, clinical expertise and respect of his colleagues necessary to help us achieve our vision to be a national leader in health care quality and safety.”

Creation of the CMO position was announced in March so that Genesis, like other leading health care systems around the country, could ensure a more coordinated, consistent and effective delivery of quality and safe patient care across the health system.

“I’m honored and excited to accept the challenge of being the first Chief Medical Officer for Genesis,” Dr. Lohmuller said. “In my work at Genesis, I’ve had opportunities to participate in a number of initiatives aimed at improving the care we deliver. I look forward to assuming a larger role in these efforts and working closely with our excellent leadership team, outstanding medical staff, skilled and compassionate nurses and all our dedicated employees.”

Dr. Lohmuller served 18 years as the Trauma Program Medical Director at GMC Davenport, a Level II Trauma Center, and has worked to reduce traumatic injuries. 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 promgoers who sign a pledge to be alcoholfree, 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.

In 2011, he 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. He has been honored with the prestigious American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award, which recognizes physicians who earn at least an average of 50 credits per year from educational activities that meet AMA standards.

Dr. Lohmuller also 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.

Dr. Lohmuller has served as President of the Iowa Chapter, American College of Surgeons and the Mayo Surgical Alumni Association. He holds positions on the boards of directors of several non-profit corporations, including MEDIC EMS, MedForce Helicopter EMS, the Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm, and serves on several association committees. As an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, he also teaches and lectures at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

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 that same year.

Dr. Lohmuller’s wife, Anne, is a Davenport native, and their three children now live at the corners of the continental United States.

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