Jeffrey Pothof, MD

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Jeff Pothof, MD


Chief Quality Officer, UW Health

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Undergraduate: Edgewood College
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Residency: University of Michigan Hospital/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital – Chief Resident
Fellowship: University of Michigan – Hospital Administration

Dr. Jeff Pothof completed his Emergency Medicine training at the University of Michigan Emergency Medicine Residency Program. While at Michigan he completed a Graduate Medical Education Scholars Program in Healthcare Administration. He was selected as Chief Resident by his peers in his fourth year of residency.

Dr. Pothof returned to Madison after residency and has served in many leadership positions including Service Chief of Emergency Services for the William S. Middleton VA Emergency Department, Director of Quality for the UW Division of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Service Chief for the UW Division of Emergency Medicine, and Vice Chair of Quality and Operations for the UW Department of Emergency Medicine. He has been actively involved with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and sits on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin chapter of the college. He is a past chair of ACEP’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section and has served on the Quality and Patient Safety Committee. In 2016, Dr. Pothof took a system-level position as UW Health’s Medical Director for Quality. In September 2018, he accepted the position of UW Health Chief Quality Officer. He continues to practice clinically in emergency departments at University Hospital and UW Health at The American Center. Dr. Pothof has also flown with the UW Health Med Flight critical care transport program as a flight physician since 2010. In 2022, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from ACEP’s Wisconsin chapter.

His areas of interest include quality and patient safety, lean management in healthcare, health system capacity management solutions, and reduction in healthcare-associated conditions. Outside of healthcare, Dr. Pothof enjoys the many outdoor opportunities available around the Madison area. He enjoys fishing for walleye and salmon, as well as spending time with his wife and two children, Natalie and Nora.