Livingston, New Jersey, June 15, 2022 – Michael L. Loftus, MD, MBA, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer of Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), Livingston, NJ, an RWJBarnabas Healthcare Facility. An experienced healthcare executive with expertise in the design and execution of large-scale clinical programs, Dr. Loftus is responsible for ensuring the effective, safe and efficient delivery of quality medical care at CBMC.
“We welcome Dr. Loftus to Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center,” said Richard Davis, president and CEO, CBMC. “We rely on him for his deep expertise in building and managing clinical teams to actively support organized medical staff and foster a close relationship between and among physicians, management and clinical staff.
Dr. Loftus replaces Gregory J. Rokosz, DO, JD, FACEP, who has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Research and Studies/Chief Academic Director of RWJBarnabas Health. “We thank Dr. Rokosz for his 21 years of outstanding leadership as Chief Medical Officer as well as the many other critical positions he held throughout his tenure,” Mr. Davis said.
As of March 2020, Dr. Loftus has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), part of RWJBarnabas Health. Throughout his tenure at the JCMC, Dr. Loftus was responsible for physician engagement and alignment while providing clinical oversight and administrative direction for strategic, operational, and quality/safety goals. Dr. Loftus served as the organization’s clinical lead throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and served as medical director for several vaccination clinics. His accomplishments during his time at JCMC include reducing surgical site infections, improving CAUTI/CLABSI performance, and driving other Leapfrog improvements. He also led a significant expansion of the JCMC’s academic footprint, creating a more robust research infrastructure and launching the JCMC’s first medical fellowships in Gastroenterology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Infectious Diseases, and Cardiology.
Prior to joining JCMC, Dr. Loftus served as Associate Director of Quality and Director of Patient Safety at the Weill Cornell and Lower Manhattan campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). In this role, he led and supported numerous company-wide quality improvement initiatives and was a strong advocate for transparency and a just culture.
Dr. Loftus has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology at NYPH/Weill Cornell Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School. He completed his residency at the NYPH/Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Radiology and continued his postgraduate training in musculoskeletal imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He has a deep commitment to higher medical education and previously served as Program Director for the Department of Radiology at Weill Cornell.
Throughout his career, Dr. Loftus has received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple recognitions for teaching excellence and a Rising Star Award from Becker’s Hospital Review for Top 50 National Healthcare Leaders Under 40 years old. Dr. Loftus is a past president of the New York Roentgen Society and an advisor to the American College of Radiology. He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Health Care Quality Professional (CPHQ).
About Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
Since 1865, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), formerly known as Saint Barnabas Medical Center, has strived to exceed our community’s highest expectations for compassionate and comprehensive health care. As the oldest non-sectarian hospital in New Jersey, the 597-bed facility is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and 80,000 ward patients. emergency every year. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services for more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center has long been recognized as a leader in providing world-class care – delivering 6,400 babies annually, which is one of the largest programs in the state, a national leader in kidney transplantation and providing over 100 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialty services. RWJBarnabas Health and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, in partnership with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated cancer center – are bringing together a team of world-class researchers and specialists to fight against by your side, providing near-home access to the latest treatments and clinical trials. For more information, call 1.973.322.5000 or visit www.rwjbh.org/coopermanbarnabas. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is located at 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039.