One of the largest health systems in the Chicago area, Rush University System for Health, is promoting Dr. Omar Lateef to the position of president and CEO, and the system’s current director will be his senior adviser.
Lateef is now president and CEO of Rush University Medical Center, and he will continue in that role, as well as his new one, Rush said in a news release Wednesday. The system includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital, and Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.
A Rush spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why current leader Dr. Ranga Krishnan is moving into the role of senior adviser. But according to the press release, the changes are part of “an anticipated and carefully planned progression in leadership.”
Krishnan became CEO of Rush in 2019. Prior to that, he was Dean of Rush Medical College from October 2015 to May 2019.
Krishnan said in the press release: “It has been a great honor to be a part of the RUSH community these past seven years.” Rush board chairwoman Susan Crown said in the statement, “We are deeply grateful to Dr. Krishnan for his strong foundational contributions over the last three years as CEO of RUSH.”
Lateef started at Rush University Medical Center in 2005 with a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine, later serving as medical director before becoming CEO of the hospital.
Leadership changes are effective July 1.