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Mark R. Neaman

Mark R. Neaman
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors 

Mark R. Neaman serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of NorthShore University HealthSystem. For 26 years prior, Neaman served as NorthShore’s President and CEO, leading its transformation into a $2 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, which includes four hospitals, 100 medical offices, a 900 physician multispecialty group practice and Research Institute. 

Neaman earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in 1972; and Master’s Degree in Business/Healthcare Administration from Ohio State in 1974. He began his management career at Evanston Hospital as an Administrative Assistant in 1974.  From 1974 to present, he has held numerous positions at the Hospital and for the Corporation. He was named Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in January 1992. 

Mr. Neaman has served in a variety of leadership roles of healthcare-related organizations.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served on the Board of Governors for the College (1997-2004) and was Chairman in 2002-2003.  He is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council (1992-present) and has served as the Chairman of the Board (2005-2007).  He is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA); served on the Regional Advisory Board of AHA and the Board of Directors of the Illinois Hospital Association.  He was Chairman of the Board (1997-1998) of the National Committee for Quality Health Care in Washington, D.C.; was the founding Chairman of the Board for LifeSource Regional Blood Center (1983-1989). He is a member of the International Hospital Federation (since 1980); Past President of The Ohio State University Alumni Association (1980-81); is a Fellow, Institute of Medicine of Chicago; and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago (since 1992).  He is a member of Health Insights (1985-present) and served as Chairman (1998-2000).  He served on the Board of Directors of the VHA Health Foundation, Inc. (1998-2001).  He was a Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) Representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) (2007-2010). He was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Illinois H.I.E. Board from 2010 to 2013.  Since 2004, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the publicly-traded Advisory Board Companies in Washington, D.C.  

Amongst various honors, Mr. Neaman received a Healthcare Fellowship with the International Hospital Federation in 1980.  He was named “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” in 1988 from the 40,000 member ACHE; and the “Distinguished Alumnus of the Year” Award from The Ohio State University Graduate School in 1988.  He was named “Healthcare CEO of the Year” by HIMSS/Modern Healthcare in 2005 and was the Gold Medal Awardee in 2009 of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Neaman was the recipient of the Chicago Health Executives Forum Career Achievement Award in 2014.


J.P. Gallagher

 

Gerald "J.P." Gallagher
President and Chief Executive Officer

Gerald “J.P.” Gallagher assumed the role of NorthShore President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2017. In his previous role as Chief Operating officer, Gallagher was responsible for overall system operations, clinical quality results and financial performance. During his tenure the system has combined strong operating performance with significant improvements in quality and patient safety, the use of technology to enhance patient engagement and significant capital improvements across its campuses.

Prior to becoming COO, Mr. Gallagher served as President of Evanston Hospital, the flagship teaching hospital for the system.  Evanston Hospital has been recognized as a Top 100 Hospital and Top 15 Major Teaching Hospital by Truven Analytics for eighteen years – more than any other health care system in the nation.   Mr. Gallagher was recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation’s “Up and Comers” in 2010.

Before joining NorthShore, Mr. Gallagher served in a variety of hospital leadership roles with Advocate Health Care at its Christ Medical Center campus.  He also completed his Administrative Fellowship at Advocate.  Mr. Gallagher started his health care career as an Analyst at The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Mr. Gallagher received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on a scholarship from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Young Presidents Organization and serves on the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities of Chicago.


Joseph Golbus, MD

Joseph Golbus, MD
President, NorthShore Medical Group

Dr. Joseph Golbus is President and CEO of the 900-plus physician, multispecialty group practice. He graduated from the University of Illinois summa cum laude and received his MD from the same institution. This was followed by residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine at Evanston Hospital, and fellowship training in rheumatology at the University of Michigan Hospitals and the Rackham Arthritis Research Unit. Dr. Golbus has received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In addition to his full-time responsibilities running the NorthShore Medical Group, Dr. Golbus remains a practicing physician and has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Arthritis Foundation Leadership Award, and has been consistently named as one of America's "Top Doctors." 


Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady
Chief Clinical Operations Officer

Sean O’Grady serves as Chief Clinical Operations Officer at NorthShore, responsible for leading NorthShore Hospitals, Medical Group operations, Nursing, Home Health and Hospice and Health Information Technology. O’Grady previously served as President of NorthShore Glenbrook Hospital. O'Grady began his NorthShore career with the Medical Group in 2007 as Vice President, Specialty Practices. As President of Glenbrook Hospital, he was responsible for operations, management, strategic planning and program development. Prior to joining NorthShore, O'Grady worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as Vice President, Operations, and at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis in various administrative positions. O'Grady completed The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis fellowship in 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from Bradley University and his master's in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.


Kristen Murtos

Kristen Murtos
Chief Administrative & Strategy Officer

Kristen Murtos holds the position of Chief Administrative & Strategy Officer, leading NorthShore’s strategy and business development initiatives. She previously served as President of NorthShore Skokie Hospital. In her new role, Murtos also oversees a wide range of critical corporate functions Business Services and Revenue Cycle, Managed Care Contracting, Legal and Audit and Compliance and Marketing and Corporate Communications. Murtos joined NorthShore in 1998 as Vice President of the Medical Group. As President of Skokie Hospital, she was responsible for the hospital's operations, management, strategic planning and program development. Murtos has a bachelor's degree from University of Illinois and earned master's degrees in Business Administration and Public Policy from the University of Chicago.


Gabrielle Cummings

Gabrielle Cummings
President, Highland Park Hospital

Gabrielle Cummings joined NorthShore as an Administrative Fellow in 2002. In addition to her current role, Cummings has administrative oversight for several key NorthShore operations including the GI lab, laboratory services and cardiology. Prior to her appointment at Highland Park Hospital, Cummings served in senior leadership roles at both Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals. Cummings has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management from Florida A&M University, and earned her master’s in health administration from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in strategic management. She also is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Jesse Peterson Hall

Jesse Peterson Hall
President, Glenbrook Hospital

Jesse Peterson Hall joined NorthShore in 2002 as Senior Vice President of Evanston Hospital. Prior to his current leadership role at Glenbrook Hospital, he served as President of Highland Park Hospital. Hall graduated from Western Australian Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in applied science. He earned his MBA from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining NorthShore, Hall served in administrative roles at Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, Pennsylvania, and Memorial Health Services in Long Beach, California.


David N. Rahija

David N. Rahija
President, Skokie Hospital 

In addition to serving as President of NorthShore Skokie Hospital, David Rahija provides oversight of NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute and post-acute services. Rahija joined NorthShore in 2009 as Vice President of Glenbrook Hospital. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University. Later, Rahija earned an MBA with a concentration in healthcare management from Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University.


Douglas Silverstein

Douglas M. Silverstein
President, Evanston Hospital 

Douglas Silverstein has been with NorthShore since 1992. Currently he serves as President of Evanston Hospital, where he is responsible for the operations, management, strategic planning and program development. Silverstein has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and a master's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.


Michael S. Caplan, MD

Michael S. Caplan, MD
Chief Science Officer, NorthShore Research Institute

Dr. Michael Caplan functions as lead corporate executive for research development and administration as well as principal day-to-day administrator of the NorthShore-University of Chicago research partnership. Dr. Caplan also serves as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Caplan graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. At Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Caplan completed residency training in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Caplan remains a practicing neonatologist and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Caplan has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Institutes of Health Clinical Investigator Award and the March of Dimes Jonas Salk Health Services Award. Dr. Caplan has been with NorthShore for over 20 years.


Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD

Lakshmi K. Halasyamani, MD
Chief Quality and Transformation Officer

Joining NorthShore in 2016, Dr. Lakshmi Halasyamani oversees the organization’s quality, patient safety, and care transformation efforts. Prior to joining NorthShore, she held a range of physician executive roles. Dr. Halasyamani earned her MD with honors from Harvard Medical School and then completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is certified in LEAN and is a Six Sigma black belt.


Harry Jones

Harry Jones
Chief Compliance Officer

Harry Jones began his career at NorthShore in 1990. Prior to joining NorthShore he spent 13 years with Ernst & Young. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Jones’ responsibilities include oversight of NorthShore’s corporate compliance, insurance and audit functions. He also is a certified public accountant.


Mary Keegan, RN

Mary Keegan, RN
Chief Nursing Officer

Mary Keegan has more than 35 years of progressive management and leadership experience in acute care. Keegan earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology from Georgetown University, and a master’s in nursing at Rush University College of Nursing. Keegan joined NorthShore in 1981 as a Clinical Nurse Manager and was appointed vice president of Nursing at Skokie Hospital in 2009, successfully overseeing its integration into NorthShore. Before her elevation to Chief Nursing Officer, Keegan served as Vice President of Nursing at Evanston Hospital.


Scott Kenagy

Scott Kenagy
Chief Investment Officer

Scott Kenagy joined NorthShore in 2017 as Chief Investment Officer and is responsible for managing the NorthShore’s investment program, which includes the endowment fund, pension fund and defined contribution plans. Prior to joining NorthShore, Kenagy served in similar roles at Northern Trust and Grosvenor Capital Management. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


William R. Luehrs

William R. Luehrs
Chief Human Resources Officer

Bill Luehrs began his career at NorthShore in 1997. He provides HR leadership for compensation and benefits, employee development strategies in support of talent acquisition, operations and leadership/physician development and employee/labor relations leadership supporting a union-free environment. Luehrs has a bachelor’s degree in management from Minnesota State University. He earned an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from Xavier University.


Richard Silver, MD

Richard Silver, MD
Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Richard Silver oversees all elements of the relationship between NorthShore and the University of Chicago as well as other area medical schools. This includes supervision of undergraduate/graduate medical education as well as academic appointments for physician faculty. As a Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Medical Education in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, Dr. Silver manages NorthShore’s primary academic affiliation and serves on multiple executive committees at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Since 2001, Dr. Silver also has served as Chairman of NorthShore’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Graduating from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University, Dr. Silver completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Silver returned to Northwestern to complete a subspecialty fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.


Steven Smith

Steven Smith
Chief Information Officer

Steven Smith joined NorthShore in 2000. Prior to his current role, Smith served as NorthShore’s Chief Technology Officer for more than a decade. During his tenure, NorthShore became one of the first healthcare systems in the country to achieve the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 designation, selected as an honoree for Information Week’s Elite 100, CIO’s CIO 100 and consistently recognized as one of Hospital and Health Networks "Most Wired" hospitals. Smith has two bachelor's degrees in information systems and business management from Northeastern Illinois University.


Gary E. Weiss

Gary E. Weiss
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Gary Weiss has been with NorthShore since 2001. In his role as Chief Financial Officer he is responsible for maintaining financial records, managing financial operations including capital structure and safeguarding corporate assets. Weiss has a bachelor's degree from Dominican College and a master's of management degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Murray T. Ancell

Murray T. Ancell
Executive Director, NorthShore Foundation

Murray Ancell joined NorthShore in 2007. As Executive Director of NorthShore Foundation, he is responsible for overseeing all philanthropy in support of the organization. Ancell completed his undergraduate work at the University of East Anglia and graduate studies at the University of Surrey. Prior to joining NorthShore he worked in London and Brussels for ExxonMobil Supply and Trading, before becoming Corporate Director of Customer Experience at The Hardage Group, a privately-owned hotel and real estate development company headquartered in San Diego, California.. Ancell is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).