Describing his role as University of Iowa vice president for medical affairs and dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine as the “absolute high point of my career,” Jean E. Robillard, MD (’74 F), announced last fall that he would step down from the position once a new leader is named.
UI President Bruce Harreld selected Bruce Gantz (’74 MD, ’80 MS, ’80 R), department executive officer of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, and Carroll Reasoner, UI vice president for legal affairs and general counsel, to co-chair the search committee.
Robillard first became dean of medicine in 2003 and was named vice president for medical affairs in 2007 with a mandate to integrate the college, the hospitals and clinics system, and the faculty practice plan into a more responsive and unified academic medical center. In the decade since, UI Health Care has enjoyed unprecedented growth and earned a strong national reputation. Robillard also served as the university’s interim president following the retirement of Sally Mason in 2015. A pediatric nephrologist by training, he will remain on the faculty of the UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.
Among the many accomplishments under Robillard’s leadership are:
• Opening of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.
• Major expansion of the clinical enterprise, which includes a sizable ambulatory care clinic in Coralville’s Iowa River Landing development and several UI QuickCare walk-in clinic sites located throughout the community.
• Creation of the UI Health Alliance, a partnership among four of Iowa’s premier health care organizations, comprising more than 3,000 providers and 18 hospitals throughout the state.
• Record fundraising for UI Health Care, which donors supported with more than $834 million in the recently concluded For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa.
• A $100 million investment in the college’s research enterprise to recruit new faculty and support existing faculty.