Arthur Schroeder, MD is the Regional Director of Sound Physicians. He is based at Saint Joseph Health System, but has oversight in other parts of Indiana as well as sections of Iowa and Illinois. As if that job isn’t demanding enough, Dr. Schroeder takes an active role in seeking new opportunities for personal education, as well as educating others, noting that “lifelong learning keeps us young and refreshed”.
Dr. Schroeder had two career paths in mind growing up, baseball or medicine. Though he would have loved to play shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, he couldn’t hit a curveball and believed it would be much easier to get into medical school. His inclination proved to be right, graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1982 (with classmate Michael Swango) where he completed his residency and one chief residency year.
He was born in Chicago and grew up in DuPage County in Addison, Illinois. (Coincidence that Wrigley Field is on Addison Avenue?) At first, he worked doing primary care in a clinic in nearby Glen Ellyn, but became disenchanted as the corporate takeovers of clinics in the Chicagoland area began. He sought refuge being a hospitalist, coming to South Bend in 1998 to start Memorial’s hospitalist program. He moved back to the Chicago area for a brief period to do hospital administration, but the Michiana area drew him back in, where he has been for the last three years working with Sound Physicians and serving as an active leader in various parts of the health system.
Dr. Schroeder has been married to his wife Vicki for 34 years. They have three sons. When not practicing medicine, he enjoys reading, exercising, travel, DIY home projects, and religiously following all Chicago sports, especially the Cubs. He also has an eclectic taste for music, art, and food (he didn’t get the nickname “Hoover” from his picky eating habits). The only time you’ll see him politely turn down a meal is if liver is on the menu.
He is cautiously optimistic about the future of medicine with the emphasis on value and population health. He hopes that greed and politics will not direct the future of medicine, but realizes that it is probably more likely that he will develop a taste for liver.