Laura Zimmermann


Laura J. Zimmermann, MD, DipABLM, MS, FACP is a primary care internist and lifestyle medicine physician. She is an associate professor of preventive medicine and internal medicine and is currently the Interim Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Zimmermann founded the Physician Mommies Chicago Facebook group, which includes over 2,800 physician mothers from the Chicagoland area. She is also co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois Medical Professionals Action Collaborative Team (IMPACT), an organization leveraging social and other media to fight misinformation and advocate for science-based policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Zimmermann is the Medical Director of the Rush University Prevention Center, a multidisciplinary lifestyle medicine clinic integrating medical and behavioral care for lifestyle change to prevent and manage chronic illness. She is also the Director of Clinical Preventive Medicine for Rush University Medical Group, leading institution-wide quality improvement initiatives in hypertension control, cancer screening, and tobacco cessation. Additionally, Dr. Zimmermann has leadership roles in the multisite clinical trial Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome and Heart 2 Heart, a community-based participatory research trial partnering with churches to improve health on Chicago’s West Side. She lives in Oak Park, IL, with her husband, science and music writer Rob Mitchum, and their two young sons.

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