Alex Schabauer, MD, FSVMB, FACC

Medical Director
Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute

Alex Schabauer is a cardiologist and vascular medicine physician at the Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute. He has been in this practice for 26 years. He is the medical director for outpatient clinics, heart failure and cardiac rehab. In addition, he currently serves as the immediate past chief of medical staff at Rapid City Hospital and governor-elect for the South Dakota Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Schabauer has been a core member of the practice since starting vascular medicine in the community and fully developing the organization’s noninvasive diagnostic laboratory capabilities. He co-authored the documents for developing a combined Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery medical staff department to help align medical and surgical goals and quality outcome processes. He has focused on education within the hospital and community, co-developed and still directs the ongoing CV journal club and the annual regional CV educational symposium, and has held numerous teaching and instructor roles over the years. Dr. Schabauer led his practice through the process of merging the cardiothoracic surgeons into the practice to further align goals and facilitate collaboration. He has been a key partner in bringing technological advances to the practice, including three generations of EMR builds and implementations and construction design for three expansions. He co-developed a highly successful advanced practice provider training program to ensure quality and competency of new providers. More recently, Dr. Schabauer has focused on medical staff leadership as chief of staff through a quality process redesign and alignment and helping the organization work its way through the pandemic and on national specialty society leadership. He is guided by compassion, quality, collaboration and accountability. Dr. Schabauer is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Honors Program for Medical Education. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin and his cardiology and vascular medicine fellowships at Mayo Clinic. He maintains multiple board certifications.


Tuesday, March 21
10:45–11:45 a.m.
45H - New Strategies for Optimizing Employed Physician Group Performance: Case Study of Turning Conflict Into Partnering