Aaron Michelfelder, MD, President of STFM | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Aaron J. Michelfelder, MD, Assumes Presidency of Society of Teachers and Family Medicine

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MAYWOOD, IL—Aaron J. Michelfelder, MD,  interim director of primary care and chair of family medicine for Loyola Medicine and professor at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, is the new president of the Society of Teachers and Family Medicine (STFM).

Dr. Michelfelder assumed the STFM presidency following the organization's annual Spring Conference, ending May 7, 2021. The Society of Teachers and Family Medicine is “a national community of academic leaders committed to developing an accomplished family medicine workforce, prepared to serve as the foundation of America’s health care system.”

“It is such a humbling and tremendous honor to serve as president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the premier, world-class organization for family medicine education,” said Dr. Michelfelder.”

Dr. Michelfelder said his goals for the organization during his tenure include “increasing the numbers of diverse, creative, innovative people choosing family medicine as a career.” He also hopes to “identify and address the issues of the educational and health systems that are leading to burnout, while helping build the resiliency skills that everyone in family medicine needs to lead long, happy and fulfilling careers and lives."

Dr. Michelfelder received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his family medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. He joined Loyola University Medical Center and the Stritch School of Medicine as a faculty member in 2000. He later completed a fellowship in medical acupuncture and advanced training in medical hypnosis.

In addition to serving as Loyola’s chair of family medicine, Dr. Michelfelder is the co-director for Loyola’s Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education, and is a professor of family medicine, bioethics & healthy policy, and medical education at Stritch. His clinical practice includes general family medicine along with integrative medicine. His research interests are in practice transformation and the process of traveling from interprofessional education to collaborative practice. He is also interested in global health and has participated in 25 international medical and educational trips to 10 countries.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.