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Russell Milligan
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago


Dr. Joel Spear Appointed Chief Medical Officer for Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago

Joel Spear, M.D.Chicago, Ill. – November 7, 2012 – Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago (PSJHC) has named Joel Spear, M.D., (pictured at right) as chief medical officer, effective Nov. 1. Dr. Spear had been serving as chairman of the Department of Medicine since 2009.

Dr. Spear, 54, will serve as liaison between the medical staff and administration at the hospital. He will play a leadership role in quality and patient safety initiatives, preparation for accreditation, development of clinical programs and clinical integration. He will continue to have a role in overseeing PSJHC’s graduate medical education programs.

“The chief medical officer position is new to our hospital and represents a commitment to strong physician leadership here and throughout the Presence Health organization,” said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer, PSJHC. “We are thrilled to have a recognized leader in this role who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to delivering the highest quality of care and providing an exceptional patient experience.”

Dr. Spear joined the medical staff in 1990. He served as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program until 2009 when he became chairman of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Spear is widely recognized as a leader in diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

Dr. Spear graduated from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed his residency at Evanston Hospital. In addition, he completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, now Rush University Medical Center.

About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago (PSJHC)
PSJHC is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It’s home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. For more information, visit

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit to learn more.


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