Cherilyn G. Murer


Cherilyn G. Murer, JD, CRA, is President and CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc., a legal-based healthcare management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Murer Consultants offers a wide range of consultative services, including the design and development of healthcare facilities, regulatory compliance, financial management, reimbursement analysis for all venues of care, and strategic positioning for a reformed health environment. The firm’s client base includes multi-hospital systems, academic medical centers and large physician group practices. Over the past 27 years, Ms. Murer has distinguished herself as an active voice in the advancement of quality, cost-effective healthcare. She has coupled her background in law with her operational experience as the Director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Ms. Murer is a lecturer and educator focused on helping her clients navigate through the complex regulatory, strategic and financial issues facing healthcare providers today. Ms. Murer serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She received an initial six-year gubernatorial appointment in 2005 and reappointment in 2011 by Governor Pat Quinn. Ms. Murer is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. She holds a faculty appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago. Ms. Murer has co-authored five books published by McGraw-Hill on a variety of healthcare topics, including effective case management, post-acute care reimbursement, provider-based status, compliance audits and medical records management. A sixth book, “The Case Management Workbook – Defining the Role of Physicians, Nurses and Case Managers,” was published by Francis & Taylor Publications in April 2011. Ms. Murer also writes a monthly column for Rehab Management magazine.


  • JD with Honors, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
  • BA with Honors, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois
  • Certificate of Completion (Concentration:  Marketing), Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Burlingame, California
  • Certificate of Completion (Concentration:  Finance), Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Cambridge, Massachusetts


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Northern Illinois University
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Lewis University
  • Faculty, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Illinois
  • Member, Dean’s International Council, The Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
  • Moderator, Healthcare Forum, National Democratic Governors Association, Regional Policy Conference, Chicago, 2012
  • Lewis University Distinguished Alumni Award, in recognition of professional achievement, 2011
  • Northern Illinois University Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010
  • Inducted into 16th Annual Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, UIC Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, 2010
  • Co-Founder, Murer Initiative, Northern Illinois University – Forum for scholarly discussion, policy analysis and cross-disciplinary integration of medicine, law, technology and finance
  • Member, International Advisory Committee, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Chair, Northern Illinois Proton Therapy and Research Center – in conjunction with Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Resolution of Distinguished Service to Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees, 2009
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, College of Law, Northern Illinois University, 2003
  • American Express Platinum Profile for outstanding national leadership, 1994
  • Marymount University Mother Gerard Phelan Gold Medal for outstanding leadership and contributions to society, 1991
  • Myrtle M. and Tom B. Medders to outstanding healthcare administrator for excellence in management, National Easter Seal Society, 1981
  • Distinguished Service Award, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), 1981
  • National Co-Chair, Disability Coalition (appointed by Vice President George Bush), 1988
  • Co-Chair, Access to Opportunity Committee for the 1989 Inauguration of President-elect George Bush


Ms. Murer holds dual American and Italian citizenships.  She and her husband Michael live in Homer Glen, Illinois and maintain a home in Begur, Spain.  They have two children:  Sasha is an anesthesiologist and graduate of University of Chicago College of Medicine living in Downers Grove with her husband, Matthew Demos; and Jeffrey, a Professor of Political Science at St. Andrews University who lives in Scotland with his wife, Trenholme.  Ms. Murer and her husband are proud grandparents of three boys:  Cameron, 11, and twins Nate and Jake, 9.

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