Dr. Pilgrim is CEO and Chief Medical Officer for Schumacher Group (SG) and oversees SG’s clinical, operational, and financial functions. In addition, he is regularly involved with health policy issues at both state and national levels. Dr. Pilgrim serves on the Board of Directors for Louisiana’s ACEP Chapter, the ACEP Council, and ACEP’s Federal Government Affairs and Medical/Legal Committees. He is also an active board member of the EMAF (Emergency Medicine Action Fund).
Dr. Pilgrim was appointed to represent the IOM’s dissemination workshop series, Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point. During four terms as Board Chairman of EDPMA (Emergency Department Practice Management Association), he represented members that impact over half of the 136 million annual ED visits in the U.S., working to influence legislative and regulatory measures that affect the delivery of quality emergency care.
As faculty for ACEP’s Scientific Assembly and ED Director Academy, he speaks on a variety of topics related to emergency medicine and health care reform. In 2008, he was honored as ACEP’s Rookie Speaker of the Year. At present, he evaluates and advises the evolving role of emergency medicine in the health care delivery systems of the future.
Following actuarial training at Northwestern National Life, he completed medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota. He has been in emergency medicine practice and leadership roles for 20 years. He lives and works in Lafayette, Louisiana.