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Dr. Tim Gutshall is a native of Massillon, Ohio and came to Iowa in 1975 to play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was the captain of the 1978 Hawkeye football team and won many awards for his combination of academic and athletic talents. He went on to medical school at the University of Iowa, receiving his medical degree in 1983. Gutshall chose to attend Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for his family medicine residency, which he completed in 1986.


Dr. Gutshall opened a practice in Des Moines in 1986 and got a quick lesson in the challenges of running a busy primary care clinic practice. He was an original partner in the formation of the Iowa Physicians Clinic in 1988.

In 1995, Dr. Gutshall transitioned to the emergency room as a fulltime staff physician at Iowa Methodist. He was charged with coordinating the ER experience of the internal medicine residents, enjoying his role in teaching future clinicians. Gutshall was a part of the Iowa Health System merger in Des Moines in the late 1990s assisting in combining the Iowa Methodist ER physicians with the Iowa Lutheran ER physicians to form Health System Emergency Physicians.

In 2007, Dr. Gutshall became the senior clinical director of Telligen, formerly the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care. He developed his skill set in quality improvement methodologies and communication skills, which he has used on the local, state and national scenes to engage CEOs, CFOs, physicians and nurses to understand the importance of process improvement and communication in impacting the quality of care in the clinical micro system. He has lectured in more than 70 hospitals and in multiple national venues, including the Institute of Health Care Improvement. He became chief medical officer at Telligen in 2010 and continued in that role until joining Wellmark in March of 2012. 

Dr. Gutshall is affiliated with the Iowa Medical Society, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.