Northwest Health Names Chief Medical Officer

Northwest Health Names Chief Medical Officer

Northwest Health is proud to announce the appointment of Thomas J. Rohs, MD, FACS, FACHE, as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for all Northwest Health hospitals effective May 6, 2024. 

Dr. Rohs brings extensive experience and a proven track record of healthcare leadership to Northwest Health. With a career spanning more than 25 years, he has demonstrated exceptional clinical expertise with special interests in medical staff and professional leadership development, as well as extensive experience in hospital operations and community and board relations. 

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rohs to our team as our new Chief Medical Officer," shared Dr. James Leonard, Chief Executive Officer for Northwest Health – Porter and Simon Ratliff, Chief Executive Officer at Northwest Health – La Porte and Starke in communication to their staffs. "His wealth of experience, dedication to excellence, and collaborative leadership style will be an asset to our medical staffs and executive teams as we continue to strive for excellence in patient care." 

Dr. Rohs is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his General Surgery residency and Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Michigan Hospitals.  He has practiced general and trauma surgery in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the last 25 years. During his time there, he served 10 years as the Trauma Medical Director at Ascension Borgess Hospital and in a number of medical staff leadership positions, ultimately serving as Chief of the Medical Staff. He was asked to serve as Chief Medical Officer for Ascension's Southwest Michigan region in 2019, and then to serve as Regional President/CEO from 2022-23. He has served on the Michigan Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons for two decades and as Chair from 2019-22. He returned to clinical surgery, resident education and consulting in May of 2023.  

"I am honored to join Northwest Health and to work alongside such dedicated healthcare professionals," said Dr. Rohs. “I look forward to collaborating with the medical staff and leadership team to further enhance the quality of care and patient experience throughout our system." 

About Northwest Health

Northwest Health is a comprehensive healthcare system committed to providing communities in Northwest Indiana with high-quality, accessible healthcare—from highly specialized care and surgical services to more routine primary care. The system of more than 60 access points includes three hospitals, five emergency departments, urgent care centers, outpatient surgery centers, an ambulance service, and physician offices. A team of more than 3,000 employees work together with the more than 700 physicians on its medical staffs. Northwest Health is owned in part by physicians. For more information, visit