Jerod M. Loeb

Jerod M. Loeb

As posted on The Joint Commission website, October 9, 2013

In Memory: Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D.
October 9, 2013

Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President
Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation

It is with deep sadness that The Joint Commission announces the death of our beloved colleague and friend Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D., executive vice president, Healthcare Quality and Evaluation. Dr. Loeb died October 9 at his home. He had been courageously battling cancer for the past two years. 

Dr. Loeb played a significant role in promoting the vision of The Joint Commission globally. And when he became a patient himself, he shared his experiences in the hope of improving the quality and delivery of health care. He is survived by his wife Sherri, and daughters Rebecca and Jennifer.

Dr. Loeb worked at The Joint Commission for 19 years and played a leadership role in identifying, evaluating and implementing performance measures across the wide variety of Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs. Dr. Loeb received the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Dr. Loeb received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

He was involved in a variety of national and international initiatives associated with performance measurement and patient safety, including those of the National Quality Forum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, and the World Health Organization.

Prior to coming to The Joint Commission, Dr. Loeb was assistant vice president for Science, Technology and Public Health at the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago where he also served as secretary of the AMA's Council on Scientific Affairs.

Dr. Loeb completed his graduate education at the State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center, held fellowship positions at Harvard Medical School - Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He served on the faculty at Northwestern University Medical School since 1979 in both full- and part-time capacities, received tenure in 1985, and most recently was an adjunct professor of Physiology. He was also an adjunct associate of the Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University.

Dr. Loeb had more than 170 publications in cardiovascular medicine, risk assessment and communication, scientific ethics, and health care quality. He was the recipient of many grant awards from the federal government and other sources, and served on numerous national and international advisory bodies and as a reviewer for several scientific journals – including JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. He was deputy editor of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and was a member of the editorial board. Dr. Loeb was on the Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Foundation from 1998 - 2004 and was a member of the executive board of the International Society for Quality in Health Care from 2005 - 2007. He was also a member of the Water Quality and Health Advisory Board of the Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council and a member of the Board of the Institute for Interactive Patient Care.  He was a senior program advisor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. He was a member of the Board of the National Public Health and Hospital Institute (the research affiliate of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems). He served on several committees of the National Quality Forum, and was also a member or fellow in many professional and honorary organizations.

As a community volunteer, Dr. Loeb worked with the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Fire and Police Departments since 1998. He was a graduate of the Buffalo Grove Citizen’s Fire Academy and a trained member of the Buffalo Grove Community Emergency Response Team. In 2005, he was appointed Commissioner of Fire and Police for the village of Buffalo Grove. In 2012, Dr. Loeb received the “Heart of Buffalo Grove – Above and Beyond Award” from the Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce for his long time volunteer service to the village.