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The University of Illinois at Chicago seeks a collaborative and inspirational academic physician to serve as its next Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. This is an outstanding time for the arrival of a new dean, who will have the opportunity to help significantly advance the college across all its missions.

NOTICE: The feedback survey for the second candidate, Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, is available until Monday, January 28, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The information provided below serves as a reference for the College of Medicine Dean search and will be updated as more information becomes available throughout the search process.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs continues the search for the position of Dean of the College of Medicine with a campus visit for the second of two candidates. We are pleased to announce Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, who will be on campus Wednesday, January 23rd for an open forum.

The candidate names, biographies are posted in the candidate tab on this page. The evaluation form for each candidate as it is available is linked below when active.

I encourage the campus community to attend this open forum where the candidate will give a brief presentation on her background and outlook on medical education, research and health care delivery. A portion of the open forum will once again be reserved for questions. After the forum, you are invited to attend a light reception with the candidate.

COM Candidate Open Forum:
Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Student Center West (SCW), 2nd Floor Michele M. Thompson Rooms & Lobby

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Open Forum
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Light Reception

PLEASE NOTE: Members of the College of Medicine campus communities in Rockford, Peoria and Urbana are invited to gather on their respective campuses in the below listed locations to participate in the Open Forum.

Peoria: Room A-100
Rockford: Room S232 (North Dining Room)
Urbana: Carle Forum, Video Conference Room (VCR)

I hope that you will take this opportunity to meet the finalist, and I welcome your feedback. All feedback will be due to the search coordinator using the on-line feedback survey located here.  The form will be open for 72 hours after each candidate visit. If you have any questions, please contact the search coordinator, Margaret Moser, at mlmoser@uic.edu.

 

Sincerely,
Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Search Committee Co-chairs

Karen Colley, PhD
Dean of the Graduate College
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Terry L. Vanden Hoek, MD FACEP
Professor & Head, Department of Emergency Medicine
Interim Chief Medical Officer, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health)
Professor, Physiology & Biophysics
Director, Program for Emergency Cardiovascular Care
Center for Cardiovascular Research & Center for Global Health

Search Committee Members

Dr. Scott Brady Mary Jo LaDu, PhD
UIC Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine Chicago Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine Chicago
James T. Bui, MD Pauline M. Maki, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiology & Medicine, College of Medicine Chicago; Chief, Division of Interventional Radiology and President, Medical Staff, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, College of Medicine Chicago
Gillian Coombs Joan Marc
Director of Faculty Affairs, College of Medicine Third-year Medical Student, College of Medicine Chicago
Pedro A. de Alarcón, MD Heather M. Prendergast MD, MS, MPH
William H. Albers Professor and Head of Pediatrics, College of Medicine Peoria Assistant Dean of Inpatient Clinical Affairs, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, and Professor of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine Chicago
Evelyn Figueroa, MD Mark M. Rasenick, PhD
Assistant Dean of Outpatient Clinical Affairs; Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency and Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, College of Medicine Chicago Distinguished Professor of Physiology & Biophysics and Psychiatry, College of Medicine Chicago and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA Damiano Rondelli, MD
Acting Regional Dean and Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine Urbana Michael Reese Professor of Hematology and Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine; Assoc. Director for Global Partnerships, UIC Center for Global Health, College of Medicine Chicago Director, Blood & Marrow Transplant, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, DVM, PhD Sara L. Rusch, MD, MACP
Head of Biomedical Sciences; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine Rockford Regional Dean and Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Medicine Peoria
Linda M Kaste, DDS, MS, PhD Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE, MHA
Professor, UIC College of Dentistry Regional Dean and Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medical Education, College of Medicine Rockford
George T. Kondos, MD Peggy J. Wheeler, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine, College of Medicine Chicago James M. Feld Professor of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine Chicago

Search Committee Staff

Margaret Moser
Executive Director, VCHA Administration & Operations
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Dean
University of Illinois College of Medicine
 
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks a collaborative and inspirational academic physician to serve as its next Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. The dean will have the opportunity to advance a vibrant and diverse college across all its academic, educational, scientific and clinical missions, as part of a strong, interprofessional health sciences enterprise.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation with over 1,300 students across its four campuses – Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana. Its nearly 1,000 full-time faculty members, 320+ part-time faculty members, 3,000 volunteer faculty members, and 1,100 residents and fellows are committed to caring for the state’s urban and rural populations – especially those traditionally underserved. The College implemented a new curriculum for the MD program in 2017 and offers numerous opportunities for clinical training and research. Last year, the college garnered over $160 million in extramural support for the cutting-edge basic, translational, clinical and community health research of College of Medicine investigators.

Based in the heart of Chicago, one of the world’s great cities, and with regional campuses throughout Illinois, UIC is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the State. UIC is Chicago’s only public research university with over 30,000 students, 15 colleges, and an academic health center. The College of Medicine is an integral component of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train healthcare leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of UIC, UI Health is a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 federally qualified Mile Square Health Center locations. With campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana, the health system includes the academic and research activities of the seven UIC health science colleges:  Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy; the School of Public Health; and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, the dean serves as the executive dean for all four campuses of the medical school and is the administrative leader for the Chicago campus. The next dean will have an opportunity to articulate a clear vision for the college in close alignment with UIC and UI Health priorities. The new dean will also work toward further integration of medicine with the other health science colleges, while spurring interprofessional collaboration across all campuses. With stable leadership from the university, support from a thriving hospital partner, and transformational opportunities in research and education, UIC seeks a dean of medicine who will help make lasting improvements for the college and beyond for optimal population health.

The successful candidate will hold an MD, MD-PhD or international equivalent, and be nationally recognized for achievement in research, clinical and educational pursuits that would warrant appointment as a tenured, full professor. Candidates should demonstrate considerable executive leadership within an academic medical center, or similarly complex and oriented institution, usually demonstrated with having led a large department, interdisciplinary center/institute or having served at the dean or senior associate dean level. Inquiries, nominations and applications including a letter of interest and CV can be sent in confidence via email to Witt/Kieffer, the University’s executive search consultants, Karen Otto, Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH and Jeff Schroetlin, at: UICOMDean@wittkieffer.com, or by phone at 630-990-1370. Additionally, for fullest consideration, applicants must also apply online here by September 28, 2018.

For more information view the College of Medicine Dean Leadership Profile online here.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

COM Candidate Open Forum: Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA

Student Center West (SCW), 2nd Floor Michele M. Thompson Rooms & Lobby

4-5 p.m. – Open Forum
5-6 p.m. – Light Reception

PLEASE NOTE: Members of the College of Medicine campus communities in Rockford, Peoria and Urbana are invited to gather on their respective campuses in the below listed locations to participate in the open forum.

Peoria: Room A-100-1
Rockford: Room S232 (North Dining Room)
Urbana: Carle Forum, Video Conference Room (VCR)

 

CANDIDATE 2: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Allison Brashear, MD, MBA

Student Center West (SCW), 2nd Floor Michele M. Thompson Rooms & Lobby

4-5 p.m. – Open Forum
5-6 p.m. – Light Reception

PLEASE NOTE: Members of the College of Medicine campus communities in Rockford, Peoria and Urbana are invited to gather on their respective campuses in the below listed locations to participate in the open forum.

Peoria: Room A-100-1
Rockford: Room S232 (North Dining Room)
Urbana: Carle Forum, Video Conference Room (VCR)

The feedback survey for the second candidate, Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, is available until Monday, January 28, 2019 at 5 p.m.

 

Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA

Mark Rosenblatt

Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA serves as the Illinois Lions/Charles I. Young Chair, Professor, and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Rosenblatt is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Honors Program in Medical Education (a combined 6-year BS/MD program) and the Combined MD/PhD program receiving Alpha Omega Alpha honors.  He completed his ophthalmology residency and combined clinical/research fellowship in corneal disease at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School.  Prior to his arrival at UIC, Dr. Rosenblatt was a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he served as the department’s Vice Chair and as Director of the Margaret M. Dyson Vision Research Institute.  Dr. Rosenblatt completed his MBA at New York University’s Stern School where he was a recipient of the Stern EMBA Scholarship.

Dr. Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist.  As Director of the Corneal Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, he leads groups of scientists investigating the mechanism of corneal peripheral nerve regeneration following injury, and the use of nanoengineered biomaterials for use in stem cell delivery to the ocular surface.  His work in regenerative medicine has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, Research to Prevent Blindness, the Falk Family Foundation, and the Tri-Institutional Stem Cell Initiative.  Dr. Rosenblatt has published widely, including over 150 original manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Dr. Rosenblatt has a strong interest in innovation and bringing scientific discovery to patients in need. He serves as the Chair of the Health and Wellness Working Group for the newly founded Discovery Partners Institute, and has developed new programs in innovation at UIC, including the Ophthalmic Research in Bioengineering, Innovation and Technology Lab (ORBITlab) in collaboration with UIC’s Innovation Center.  He holds 4 issued patents related to novel technologies to treat or prevent blinding eye disease and has co-founded three companies to commercialize these technologies.

Dr. Rosenblatt is the Director of the NIH-funded UIC-NEI K12/Independent Clinician Vision Scientist (ICVS) Development Program and the incoming Director of the UIC Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  He is deeply committed to education and has mentored over 100 medical students, graduate students, research/clinical fellows, and young faculty.

Dr. Rosenblatt has served the NIH as a reviewer for multiple standing study sections and special emphasis panels, and as a subject matter expert for the NEI/NIH Panel for Ocular Pain.  He is a member of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and has chaired its Research Directors Council.  Dr. Rosenblatt has received an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and served on its O.N.E. Network and Ophthalmic Technology Assessment committees.  He has served on the scientific advisory board for the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, and contributed as a member of its International Dry Eye Workshop II and International Workshop and Contact Lens Discomfort committees.  Dr. Rosenblatt currently sits on the Board of the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness.  At UIC, he has served on the Chancellor’s Commercialization Strategy Committee, the executive committee of the Medical Service Plan, and the board of WWT.

Allison Brashear, MD, MBA

Allison Brashear

Allison Brashear, MD, MBA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC (2005 – present). She holds the Walter C. Teagle Chair of Neurology and served as Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

During her 13 year tenure as Chair, the Department of Neurology expanded the adult and pediatric residency programs, added six fellowships and developed model research programs. The Department of Neurology added significant large grants including funding from NINDS, PCORI, NCCAM, DOD, and is an institutional leader in industry and foundation support for research. In 2018, Wake Forest was added to the NINDS funded NeuroNext (Brashear, PI) and StrokeNet clinical trial networks. Together with Neurosurgery, Neurology launched the Neuroscience Service Line creating a 21 site telestroke program, and six robust disease based, cross disciplinary integrative practice units. Known for innovation, the $14 million PCORI funding enrolled 41 hospitals, 6,000 patients and created a venture funded company and patent, focused on improving continuum of care. Neuroscience at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is consistently ranked in the top 50 by US New & World Report. Dr. Brashear was on the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine from 1991-2005, serving as Vice Chair before leaving to be Chair at Wake Forest. In 2004-2005 she chaired the 30 member committee to craft the institution wide clinical research strategic plan charged the Dean by to double research dollars in ten years.

She is the principal clinician to describe a unique genetic form of dystonia-parkinsonism, Rapid-Onset Dystonia-Parkinsonism (RDP). Her group reported the genetic mechanism responsible for RDP (mutations in the Na/K ATPase alpha 3 subunit) in Neuron in July 2004. In 2008, NINDS funded her group to study these mutations in the ATP1A3 gene in more depth (R01 NS058949; PI: Brashear). This work was refunded in April, 2015 for five years. The results are published in Lancet Neurology, Brain, Neuron, Acta Neuropathologica, Neurology, Annals of Neurology and Movement Disorders. Dr. Brashear’s total NIH funding as PI is $ 7 million. In 2016 Dr. Brashear was appointed a member of the NINDS NST-1 (K awards) study section and appointed chair in 2018.

Dr. Brashear is the principal investigator in many multi-center trials for the treatment of cervical dystonia and spasticity. She is the lead author on the pivotal paper, “Intramuscular Injection of Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Wrist and Finger Spasticity after a Stroke”, published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Her work with botulinum toxin has been published in Lancet Neurology, Neurology, Movement Disorders and Archives of PMR. She is the co-editor of the only comprehensive text on spasticity management, Spasticity: Diagnosis and Treatment, now in the 2nd edition.

Dr. Brashear has a career long commitment to medical education. At Indiana University, she was Chair of the Teacher Learner Advocacy Committee and the Chair of AAMC Graduation Questionnaire Committee, both focused on the learning environment. At Wake Forest she grew the residency from 16 to 25 positions and added new fellowships in sleep, vascular, neuromuscular, and epilepsy. She oversaw three successful departmental ACGME resident site visits and participated in two full school LCME accreditations. She has mentored fellows and participants in the NINDS/AAN career development programs.

Dr. Brashear served on the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Board of Directors from 2013-15 and was instrumental in crafting the AAN leadership program for women, now expanded to include minority leader development. In 2015 she completed terms on the AAN Education Committee and the Medical Economic Management Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Neurological Association (ANA), United Council for Neurological Subspecialties (UCNS, vice chair) and the American Board of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN). In August, 2014 Dr. Brashear was appointed an eight-year term as a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Dr. Brashear was the first faculty member appointed to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Board of Directors (2007-2013). Appointed by two Governors of Indiana, she served on the Occupational Licensing Committee of the Health Professions Bureau, and the Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease and Other Senile Dementia. The North Carolina Governor appointed her to the Home Health Ad Hoc Task Force of the NC State Health Coordinators Council.

Dr. Brashear is an active community advocate. During her leadership the Women’s Fund of Winston Salem endowment campaign and grants supporting women and girls exceeded $1 million. For American Heart Association she raised record donations as the Chair of the Heart and Stroke Walk, and was Triad Board President in 2018. She was honoured by Winston Salem City Council as an outstanding woman leader in 2018, the YWCA Woman of Vision award in 2010, and the DePauw University Community Leader award.

Dr. Brashear completed the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Program for Physicians in 2004, and in 2007 she finished the year-long national program for women leaders, Executive Leadership Academic Medicine (ELAM). In 2014 she was selected as one of three for the year-long AAMC Council of Dean’s Fellowship. Dr. Brashear earned an MBA from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2012, with additional certification in Health Sector Management.

Dr. Brashear graduated from DePauw University in 1983, Indiana University School of Medicine in 1987 and from Fuqua Business School at Duke University in 2012. She completed her training in Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1991. Dr. Brashear is boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Brashear and her husband, Clifford Ong, have two children, Richard (22) and Diane (19) and two rescue dogs.