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Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
University of Michigan Medical School (1980)
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™ (2012 - 2013)
Patients' Choice Award (2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014)
Departments of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Rush University (1984 - Present)
Associate Professor
American Board of Family Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Rothschild is affiliated with 1 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Rush University Medical Center *
    1653 W Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60612
    Top 25%
  • * This information was reported to Vitals by the doctor or doctor's office.

    Publications & Research

    Dr. Rothschild has contributed to 5 publications.
    Title Interdisciplinary Management of Chronic Disease in Primary Practice.
    Date October 2004
    Journal Managed Care Interface

    Primary care physicians are often challenged by the complex needs of patients with chronic disease. Unfortunately, many solo and small group practices lack the interdisciplinary resources essential to chronic disease management. To address this, clinicians and researchers at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, developed the "Virtual Integrated Practice," a process that creates virtual patient care teams. Preliminary results in four practice sites using it have shown increased referrals to dietitians and improved nutritional compliance but less extensive involvement of social workers and pharmacy team members.

    Title Virtual Integrated Practice: Integrating Teams and Technology to Manage Chronic Disease in Primary Care.
    Date March 2003
    Journal Journal of Medical Systems

    The use of teams in health care has generally relied on the notion that teams must physically meet and function in person in the same location, on a regular, scheduled basis, in order to maximize the value of the interdisciplinary process. This article examines the concept of creating a different kind of team in primary care, out-patient settings--one which relies upon communications technology to link together clinicians from different locations to coordinate and manage the care of patients, particularly those with chronic disease. This approach--referred to as Virtual Integrated Practice--is designed to overcome the barriers of traditional in-person teams by creating a "virtual team" with the potential to function more efficiently, productively, and satisfactorily for clinicians and patients alike.

    Title Cross-cultural Issues in Primary Care Medicine.
    Date August 1998
    Journal Disease-a-month : Dm

    A generation ago, the experience of practicing medicine across cultural lines was far less common than it is today. In contemporary American society, the population is much more diverse in race, culture, language, religion, and ethnicity. Although health care is increasingly guided by scientific, evidence-based models, individual patients are increasingly seeking health care that addresses their personal beliefs and needs. Physicians must develop the knowledge and the skills to engage patients from different cultures and to understand the beliefs and the values of those cultures. If physicians focus only on a narrowly defined biomedical approach to the treatment of disease, they will often misunderstand their patients, miss valuable diagnostic cues, and experience higher rates of patient noncompliance with therapies. Such miscommunication will also result in greater patient dissatisfaction and more malpractice suits. This article reviews the role of culture in primary care medicine and the effect of health beliefs on decisions to seek care. Other influences, including the patient's family, language, and socioeconomic status, are examined. The possible effects of the physician's own culture are looked at as well. Methods of eliciting the patient's explanatory model are reviewed, and guidance is given on strategies to avoid miscommunication or misunderstandings. Additionally, the physician is given guidance on how to draw on the patient's beliefs and values as resources in health promotion and the treatment of disease. Specifically, the use of interpreters to overcome language barriers is reviewed. Behaviors are identified that can maximize the accuracy of communication when interpreters are needed. Physicians who actively seek to understand their patients' cultures will find their simple efforts amply rewarded by improved patient access to health care, increased patient satisfaction, and greater clinical effectiveness.

    Title Should the Nephrologist Practice Primary Care? No.
    Date June 1994
    Journal Nephrology News & Issues
    Title The Family with a Member Who Has Cancer.
    Date January 1993
    Journal Primary Care

    Optimal medical care for persons with chronic illnesses such as cancer cannot be provided unless the physician adopts a family-oriented approach to patient care. Such an approach requires little additional time or effort but profoundly affects the ability of patient and family to cope with cancer. Physicians should routinely gather data about the family system of their patients with cancer and make use of that data in understanding the unique issues the patient will face in adapting to their illness. The physician's goal should be to anticipate how the illness will affect the family at its current stage of the life cycle and recognize how the patient's family is currently affecting the patient's experience of the illness. The maintenance of clear, open communication among patient, family, and physician is critical to successful adaptation.

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