The UIC Opioid Task Force

The UIC Opioid Task Force was convened by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and co-chaired by College of Pharmacy Dean Glen Schumock, PharmD, PhD, MBA and School of Public Health Dean Wayne Giles, MD, MS. The charge of this task force was as follows:

  • Identify UI Health representatives with relevant work and expertise on opioids and related issues; including prescribing practices, treatment alternatives, addiction, research and abuse prevention.
  • Monitor pending legislation and funding opportunities related to opioids and identify individuals within UI Health who may be competitive for funding opportunities.
  • Collaborate with national, state and local agencies, elected officials and other recognized leaders to provide expertise, resources and innovative solutions.
  • Identify the impact of the opioid crisis on our own student, staff and patient population and identify resources for those individuals impacted by the epidemic.

The Task Force concluded in May 2020. For more information on the Opioid Task Force deliverables, please view the final report.

Meet the Opioid Task Force Co-chairs

Members of the UIC Opioid Task Force

Glen Schumock - co chair Dean, College of Pharmacy
Wayne Giles - co-chair Dean, School of Public Health
Sukhi Bains Physician, University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics
Basmattee Boodram Research Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Adam Bursua Coordinator, Medical Safety, University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics
William (Bill) Flick Clinical Professor, Director, Undergraduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Dentistry
Nicole Gastala Clinical Physician, Mile Square Health Center
Melissa Haas Office of Governmental Relations, University of Illinois System
Cynthia Handrup Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Todd Lee Professor and Interim Head, Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy
Jeanne Link  Assistant Professor, Head Librarian, University Library
Ying Liu Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Khalid Malik Professor of Anesthesiology, Section Chief of Division of Pain Management, College of Medicine
Mary Frances Miley Associate Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Kirk Moberg Executive Medical Director of the UnityPoint Health Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, College of Medicine at Peoria
Sarah O'Brien Associate Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Kalyan Rao Director of Behavioral Health and Addictions, Mile Square Health Center
Mitch Roitman Associate Professor in Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Julie Rose Lewis Burke
James Swartz Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work
Renee Taylor Professor, Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences
Curt Winkle Associate Professor, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Robert Zolna Clinical Associate Professor, College of Architecture, Design and the Arts