Timothy Ihrig, MD

Timothy Ihrig, MD


Timothy Ihrig, M.D., M.A., is Chief Medical Officer of Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care.  He also is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ihrig MD & Associates.

Dr. Ihrig is an internationally recognized expert in palliative care and hospice medicine.  He cares for the most vulnerable and sick individuals.  He creates and leads health systems and teams through change that care for the most seriously ill people.  He is recognized for combining clinical and administrative experience in creating health and social care systems that reliably deliver high-value outcomes in a financially sustainable manner for seriously-ill populations.  His expertise is understanding risk as applied to healthcare systems, payers and providers, its effect on micro- and macro-economics, population health, regulatory compliance and their interactions.  The fundamental principle of combining his visionary approach to care delivery through a unique philosophical perspective and implementing them via defined pathways enhance whole-person, relationship-based care. This has led to unparalleled success in across-the-continuum population health and community-based care program development and innovation.

Dr. Ihrig previously served as Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Trinity Regional Medical Center (TRMC) of the Unity Point Heath Health System – the third largest non-denominational health system in the United States.  TRMC was one of thirty-two Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations established through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. His care model was the catalyst for Trinity Regional Health System success within the Medicare Shared Savings Program – attaining average shared savings of one millions USD annually from it inception during his tenure.   He was also a member of the Board of Managers of the Unity Point Health Accountable Care Organization and the Unity Point Health Regional Organized System of Care Committee.

In addition, his efforts were seminal in UnityPoint Heath being granted the 2013 Circle of Life Award by the American Hospital Association.  One of nine institutions that year across the country to receive this prestigious award, it recognizes innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.  Dr. Ihrig’s program is recognized as a national leader in integrating palliative care across the healthcare continuum.

Dr. Ihrig’s featured TED talk has been viewed more than 1.4 million times globally, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” featured him in a story on the development and transformative nature of his philosophy of care.

He is endorsed by the Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care as a national level clinician-educator, as well as the Australian Minister of Health as an International Fellow for his innovative approach to caring for the most seriously ill. In addition, he is palliative care content expert to the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative through Western Governors University in collaboration with the Duke-Margolis Health Policy Institute and Dartmouth Institute of Heath.

Dr. Ihrig attained a degree in medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa, Des Moines and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

His other interests include sexuality at the end of life and Global Health. He is the former Medical Chair of the Health Services Committee for Empower Tanzania Incorporated whose mission is the development of sustainable healthcare solutions in sub-Saharan Africa for individuals suffering with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-limited illnesses.