The US Healthcare System(s): Time for International Comparative Policy Analysis

Event Date: Thursday, February 1

UIS Student Center, University of Illinois at Springfield

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

All programs are free and open to the public

Dr. Jerry Kruse has been appointed Dean and Provost of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, effective January 1, 2016. He has served in the dual role of Executive Associate Dean of the SIU School of Medicine and CEO of SIU HealthCare, the 300 physician faculty practice plan, since January 2013. He will continue in his position as CEO of SIU HealthCare. Dr. Kruse is Professor of Family & Community Medicine (with tenure) and Professor of Med- ical Education at the SIU SOM, and has been on faculty at SIU for 31 years.

He has served many roles at SIU, including: Chair of the De-
partment of Family & Community Medicine (1996-2013), Residency
Program Director for the SIU-Quincy Family Medicine Program
(1991-2003), Director of Clinical Operations of the Quincy Family
Medicine Center (1984-2003), Complex Office Laboratory Director of
the Quincy Family Medicine Center and Quincy Center for Family Medicine FQHC (1984-present), Chair of the SIU SOM Educational Policy Council (the SIU SOM cur- riculum committee 2000-2011) , and two terms on the Tenure and Promotions Committee.

Dr. Kruse is a native of Salisbury, Missouri, and completed all of his training at the University of Missouri- Columbia – BA Chemistry 1975, MD 1979, Residency in Family & Community Medicine 1982, Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Academic Family Medicine 1984, MSPH 1984. He has been an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (President 2012-2013, chair of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee), the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (long time chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee), the Association of Family Practice Res- idency Directors, and the North American Primary Care Research Group. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for both the American Board of Family Medicine and for Family Medicine for America’s Health. From 2007-2011, he served on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the leading healthcare workforce policy body that advised HHS Secretaries Leavitt and Sebelius and the health care legislation authorizing commit- tees of Congress.

Dr. Kruse was a frequent member of a team that provided public health and acute medical care in Honduras. Dr. Kruse is a student of the interactions of biology and soci- ety. He has pioneered cooperative relationships between osteopathic and allopathic insti- tutions and interprofessional systems of care. Dr. Kruse has a special interest in cross-cultural and population health to inform effective policies and improve health care systems.

He and his wife, Lois, have three children, Emily, a poet at Oregon State University-Cascades, Julie, an elementary and preschool teacher in Columbia, South Carolina, and Anna, a biostatitician and PhD candidate in clinical epidemiology-maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina. Among other things, Dr. Kruse enjoys golf, wine, trumpet and humorous poetry.