About Me

I am a retired CEO, University of Maryland Medical Center & COO Univ Md Medical System. Internist, researcher and educator; professor of medicine and former professor public policy.

I enjoy delving into the complexity of modern health care as an author of health care books for the general public.

Dr. Stephen C. Schimpff


In his fifth decade as physician, educator and cancer researcher, Dr. Stephen Schimpff is one of the world’s foremost experts on health care. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center, which includes the world’s preeminent trauma center, an NCI certified cancer center, and one of the country’s largest kidney transplant programs. The Medical Center admits nearly 40,000 patients per year, mostly for complex tertiary care, and employs more than 5,000 people with a budget of about $1 billion. Dr. Schimpff also is a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he teaches residents and fellows in oncology and infectious diseases and is a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr Schimpff is a senior advisor to Sage Growth Partners.

From the bedside — where he treated patients with acute leukemia and lymphoma, to the boardroom — where he served as the CEO of a major academic medical center, Dr. Schimpff has witnessed firsthand the explosion of diagnostic and treatment technologies, including the emergence of the genomics revolution. He also has dealt with the frustrations of trying to manage a large-health care organization in an ever-changing health care landscape.

He has a gift for explaining the complexities of health care delivery and the science of medicine in layman’s terms. His passion for advancing health care for future generations is embodied in his five books on the topic for the general public, including the newly published Longevity Decoded – The 7 Keys to Healthy Aging.

In addition to his work in educating the public about how changes in the healthcare landscape will affect them, Dr. Schimpff is internationally recognized for his research at the University of Maryland and the National Cancer Institute’s Baltimore Cancer Research Center. His research focused on the causes, prevention, and treatment of infection in cancer patients undergoing aggressive therapy. He has published more than 200 scientific articles on cancer and healthcare and is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and medical oncology.

Dr. Schimpff also has been a board member of companies seeking to advance medical devices and technologies and was the lead consultant to the US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center on patient safety in the “OR of the Future.” He conducted a major study of “The Hospital of the Future” for TATRC and was asked to participate in a congressionally-mandated review of the construction of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

An Eagle Scout, Dr. Schimpff is a 1963 graduate of Rutgers University where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. He obtained his M.D. degree in 1967 at Yale Medical School, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society.

Dr. Schimpff has been married to Carol Rawstrom Schimpff, a retired architect and pension fund asset advisor, for 56 years. They reside in Maryland and have a cabin in Canaan Valley, West Virginia where they live their passion for the outdoors. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and two wonderful grandsons living in Los Angeles.

Books Endorsed By

  • I have known Dr. Schimpff for nearly twenty years. I have been cognizant of his keen interest in how medical advances influence methods of care delivery and ultimately impact quality of life. There is substantial evidence that we will continue to benefit from significant medical advances in the coming years. Dr. Schimpff has managed to interview over 100 experts from across the country and has reduced mountains of technical ideas into a few critical megatrends that will influence the way care will be rendered in the foreseeable future. His book is a must read for anyone interested in the future of health care delivery and how these megatrends may impact quality of life as well as life expectancy.

    Ronald R. Peterson

    Ret. President, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Baltimore, Maryland
  • I started reading the introduction and couldn’t put the book down. This book demystifies medicine. It brings the reader a perspective of the transitions that have taken place since Dr. Schimpff’s grandfather practiced family medicine about 100 miles north of New York City in the first quarter of the 20th century.

    The book covers new trends in health care designed to bring back personalized medicine that will be both predictive and preventive. From the promise of gene therapy and stem cells to the use of computer simulators for surgeons this clearly written book opens the window of medicine to the public with clarity and transparency. I heartily recommend “The Future of Medicine” to my patients, friends, and family.

    John I. Gallin, M.D., FACP RADM

    Former Director, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, United States Public Health Service Bethesda, Maryland
  • I have known Dr. Schimpff since he served as Director of the University of Maryland Cancer Center over 25 years ago. We worked together as he helped lead the transformation of the UM Medical Center into national institution for advanced medical care, education and research. Steve has the rare knowledge and gift to take complex medical issues and render them understandable to non-medical audiences. In this book, he takes readers through the exciting coming change in medicine: physicians will go from diagnosing and  treating illness, to using a patient’s own genetic makeup to  predict and prevent disease.”

    Benjamin L. Cardin

    United States Senator, Maryland
  • “Dr. Schimpff’s “healthcare for dummies” provides a soup to nuts look at the American healthcare system for every reader. Drawing from his 50 years of medical experience from both the clinical and business side of healthcare, he suggests how each of us can take control of our own health, demand the best quality of care and keep costs to a minimum. His refusal to take sides in the partisan squabble over healthcare reform in Washington makes this book invaluable as a guide to those of us who will be making critical decisions in the near future.”

    C A Dutch Ruppersberger

    Congressman, 2ed District, Maryland

You can Change the world


Discover health care as it should be. Uncover the simple truths and research that could lead to next level health, and wellness for millions of people and the industry around the world. 

You can live a long and healthy life.
There is no magic pill or Fountain of Youth, but you can achieve it

- Stephen C. Schimpff, MD, MACP

Fixing the Primary Crisis

Reclaiming the Patient-Doctor Relationship and Returning Healthcare Decisions to You and Your Doctor

Primary care physicians have been forced into a non-sustainable business model that drives them to schedule an unreasonable number of patient visits per day. Too many visits means not enough time per patient, forcing those physicians to instead refer a patient to a specialist, order a test, or write a prescription when more time would have resulted in better care at much less cost.

Stephen Schimpff, MD, MACP

Award winning author

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