Richard C. Boothman, J.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Risk Management Top Executive
Ann Arbor, MI
Rick Boothman is unusual for a resident health system lawyer. An accomplished trial lawyer in Michigan and Ohio, he spent 22 years in private practice defending individual doctors, professional groups and a wide range of health systems, including the University of Michigan, Kaiser Permanente and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in medical malpractice law suits.
In July, 2001, he left private practice to join the University of Michigan Health System, first as Assistant General Counsel and later as Chief Risk Officer, where he implemented a pro active and principled approach to health system claims. The UM's open and honest approach to patient injuries, patient safety and claims has been featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, All Things Considered, and Marketplace, the New England Journal of Medicine, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and among many others. In 2005, he advised then Senators Clinton and Obama in the formulation and introduction of their MEDiC Act. At the invitation of Chairman, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) he testified before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 2006. He previously testified before the State of Ohio's Medical Malpractice Commission on state-wide malpractice reform. Rick recently participated on AHRQ's National Advisory Committee Subcommittee for Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform as the agency embarks on its national grant program. He sits on the Board of Governors for the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Michigan Hospital Association Patient Safety Organization. He has consulted for many academic and non-academic health care systems and hospitals.
Rick has delivered scores of presentations for distinguished groups like the Institute for Health Care Improvement, the NPSF, the Joint Commission and the American Association for Health System Risk Managers. He recently delivered an address at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. In 2008, he was recognized by Midwest In-House Counsel magazine and Michigan Lawyer's Weekly with their Leader in the Law Award and the same year he received the Paul R. Venzke Award for Excellence in Risk Management from the Michigan Society of Health Care Risk Managers. Rick and others published the University of Michigan experience in the January, 2009 volume of the American Health Lawyer's Journal of Health and Life Sciences Law and is awaiting publication of another article detailing the University of Michigan's response to patient injuries and claims.
Rick is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit School of Law. As a trial lawyer, he was listed in Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and carried the highest rating for skill and ethics, AV. He is licensed in Michigan and Ohio.
Rick is married and lives with his wife and their three children in Ann Arbor.