Dick Gustafson

Member of the Board


Dick recently retired from his own executive search firm the Gustafson Group, specializing in healthcare provider executives search. Dick spent over 20 years at Heidrick & Struggles (global executive search firm) in the Chicago office where he served as Vice Chairman of the firm and Chairman, Global Health Care Practice. Before that he served as Managing Partner for the Health Care Practice. Dick successfully led major searches for CEO’s, CMO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, and Vice Chancellor and Deans of Medical Schools.

Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Dick served as President, Parkside Human Services (a part of Lutheran General Health Care System, now Advocate Health Care), a diversified health services operation. One of those entities was the formation of the now Advocate Medical Group, one of the largest medical groups in Ill (now part of the new merged Advocate Aurora Health). He also held a variety of other executive positions in hospitals and academic medical centers in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Dick served as Vice Chairman, Senior Advisory Board, MedAssets, Inc, on the Advisory Board of SA Ignite. Dick is also a former Board member for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Hospitalist Management Group. Dick was a founding board member for the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse (now Prevent Child Abuse America). In October 2002, Dick was named as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dick holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Chicago with a concentration in health care administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College. Dick and his wife Margo have spent 25 years in Minocqua, during the season. They maintain a home in Lake Forest, Ill where they have lived for over 35 years and close to their two sons and their families with 7 Grandchildren. They are residents of Naples, FL.

Dick served for 10 years as Chair, Membership Committee, Minocqua Country Club. He also serves as trustee and spokesperson for the Minocqua/ Kawaguesaga Lakes Stewardship Fund.

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Barry J. Seidel, MD, FACS

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Glenn Schiffmann

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Dave Kavanaugh

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William Hopper

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Denny Breitholtz

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Judy Russell

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Anthony Pogodzinski, MD

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Carrie Nichols Hoye

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Mark Pitman

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Greg Nicklaus

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Aldo J. Madrigrano

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Trygve A. Solberg

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