Michael H. Ries, MD is the Medical Director of Critical Care since 2011 and eICU since 2003 at Advocate Health Care, the largest independent health network in Illinois. He has responsibility over 18 ICU's at 10 sites and the tele-ICU program that oversees 300 Advocate critical care patients and 100 additional patients at the four outreach hospitals that are serviced by the tele-ICU program. Dr. Ries received his A.B. degree at Cornell University and his MD at Chicago Medical School (AOA Honorary). In 2002, Dr. Ries completed his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he further developed his managerial and informational technology skills. Dr. Ries’ charitable work includes the Jewish United Fund where he has served as a vice-chairman of the Physicians and Surgeons Division from 1985 until 2001 and as the chairman of that division from 2002–2004. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Self Help Home for the Aged from 1988 through the present. He is an assistant professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical Center and was the Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rush North Shore Medical Center from 1993 until 2005 and the Medical Director at Transitional Health Care, Vencor Lake Shore, and Kindred Lake Shore form 1988 through 2002. He was the co-director of the Internal Medicine residency training program at Rush North Shore Medical Center from 1987 until 2005. In 2000 he was elected to the Mark H. Lepper, MD Society of Teachers.