Jun 14, 2022 Michael L. Loftus, MD, MBA, Named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center


Livingston, NJ, June 15, 2022 – Michael L. Loftus, MD, MBA, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer for Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), Livingston, NJ, an RWJBarnabas Health facility. An experienced health care executive with expertise in designing and executing wide-ranging 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,” says Richard Davis, President and CEO, CBMC. “We look to him for his deep expertise in building and managing clinical teams to actively support the 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 Academics/Chief Academic Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “We thank Dr. Rokosz for his 21 years of outstanding leadership as Chief Medical Officer along with the numerous other integral positions he has held throughout his tenure,” shared Mr. Davis.

Since March 2020, Dr. Loftus served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), part of RWJBarnabas Health. Throughout his tenure at JCMC, Dr. Loftus was responsible for physician engagement and alignment while providing clinical oversight and administrative direction for strategic, operational and quality/safety objectives. Dr. Loftus was the organization’s clinical lead throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and served as Medical Director for multiple 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 JCMC’s academic footprint, creating a more robust research infrastructure and launching JCMC’s first medical fellowships in gastroenterology, pulmonary/critical care, infectious disease and cardiology.

Prior to joining JCMC, Dr. Loftus served as the Associate Chief Quality Officer and Chief Patient Safety Officer at the Weill Cornell and Lower Manhattan campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH). In that role, he led and supported numerous enterprise-wide quality improvement initiatives and served as a strong advocate for transparency and Just Culture.

Dr. Loftus has written more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and an 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 along with a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He completed his residency at NYPH/Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Radiology and continued his fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He has a deep commitment to graduate medical education and previously served as the program director for the Weill Cornell Department of Radiology.

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 the Top 50 Nationwide Healthcare Leaders Under 40. Dr. Loftus is a Past President of the New York Roentgen Society and a counselor at the American College of Radiology. He is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

About Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Since 1865, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), formerly known as Saint Barnabas Medical Center, has worked to exceed our community’s highest expectations for compassionate, comprehensive health care. As New Jersey’s oldest nonsectarian hospital, the 597-bed institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and 80,000 Emergency Department patients each year. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and the 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, leading the nation in Kidney Transplant, and providing more than 100 medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty services. RWJBarnabas Health and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment 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.