University Marshal: Larry J. Goodman, MD

Larry Goodman, MD

The designation of University marshal, the first academic official to enter the commencement hall, is among the highest honors bestowed upon a faculty member at Rush University. The marshal leads and attends to the procession ritual of the University faculty, the graduating students and the president’s party.

The marshal, bearing the University’s mace, symbolizes the authority and leadership that faculty exercise over the educational process to ensure the preparation of competent and responsible graduates. In representing the faculty, the marshal is a member held in highest esteem for significant accomplishments in teaching, research and patient care.

The 2019 Rush University marshal is Larry J. Goodman, MD, past CEO of the Rush University System for Health and Rush University Medical Center, and past president of Rush University. Goodman, holds the academic rank of professor of internal medicine at Rush Medical College and is the James A. Campbell, MD, Distinguished Service Chair of Rush University.

From 2002 until early 2019, Goodman was president of Rush University. During Goodman’s leadership, enrollment in the University doubled to more than 2,500 students. The 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools ranked eight programs in the College of Nursing and one program in the College of Health Sciences among the top five in the country.

Before his appointments as CEO at Rush, Goodman served as senior vice president of medical affairs and dean of Rush Medical College. From 1995 to 1998, Goodman was the medical director of Cook County Hospital (now the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County). Prior to that appointment, Goodman served at Rush University Medical Center as an infectious disease specialist, associate dean of Rush Medical College and as assistant dean of clinical curriculum.

Under Goodman’s leadership, Rush University Medical Center has ranked consistently among the top U.S. academic medical centers for quality of care. Multiple Rush programs annually are ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Hospitals issue, and Rush University Medical Center was the first hospital in Illinois caring for adults and children that earned Magnet designation — a nationally recognized mark of nursing excellence. In January 2016, the Medical Center received its fourth consecutive Magnet designation.

Rush University Medical Center has undergone a $1 billion campus transformation effort that included the 2012 opening of a state-of-the-art hospital, the Tower, designed to improve patient outcomes and better accommodate patients and families. The Tower was the largest Gold LEED-certified hospital in the world when it opened and has a flexible infrastructure to accommodate surge capacity to treat mass casualties from a disaster or pandemic.

Goodman is a 1976 graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at Rush University Medical Center. During his fellowship he served as chief medical resident before joining the faculty.

Goodman serves on the Board of the CORE Foundation, a model public-private venture between Cook County and Rush University Medical Center that established the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, which cares for approximately 7,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. Goodman is also on the executive committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and a board member of its Civic Consulting Alliance, which provides pro bono consulting services to the City of Chicago and Cook County in areas of greatest public need.