Robillard to step down as VPMA and dean

This message is posted on behalf of Jean E. Robillard, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Dean, Carver College of Medicine.

Dear Colleagues:

I write to share with you my plans to step down as vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. President Harreld plans to launch a search for my successor immediately, and to help ensure a smooth transition I am pleased to remain in my role until a new leader is named and to work as hard as ever.

Jean E. Robillard, MD

Jean E. Robillard, MD

Although I am confident that now is the right time for me to make this transition, you can be sure my decision to leave a job I have Ioved for more than a decade was not an easy one. I have enjoyed the best years of my career at the University of Iowa and am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve this great institution.

I am tremendously proud of the work we have accomplished together to make UI Health Care one of the nation’s finest academic medical centers. And let there be no mistake: UI Health Care has been successful because of the remarkable dedication and contributions of all those who work, learn, and volunteer in support of our tripartite mission of research, education, and patient care. Collectively, we have forged outstanding achievements in service to the people of Iowa and beyond, and today UI Health Care is stronger than ever as a result. That is why I believe this superb organization that we have built together is ready for new leadership as it prepares to write its next chapter. While I may be stepping down from my current position, I look forward to remaining on the faculty and to contributing in any way I can to that next chapter.

While we will continue to work closely together as the search progresses, I find myself reflecting upon my tenure and feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I am truly grateful for the many talented, creative and hard-working individuals who make UI Health Care the health care leader it is today—it has been an honor and privilege to work alongside you.

So I thank you for the opportunity to serve this incredible organization. I thank you for all your contributions to our shared success. I thank you for your support and friendship. Most of all, I thank you for all you do each and every day to change medicine and change lives.

We have much to look forward to in the coming weeks and months ahead. UI Health Care is on an excellent path and its future is full of possibility. This is your academic medical center, and I can’t wait to see where you take it next.

Warm regards,

Jean E. Robillard, MD
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, Carver College of Medicine


News release

The University of Iowa has announced that Jean E. Robillard, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, plans to step down from his leadership role overseeing UI Health Care—which comprises the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and University of Iowa Physicians. A pediatric nephrologist by training, Robillard will remain on the faculty of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. A search for his successor will commence immediately, with Robillard continuing as vice president and dean until a new leader is named.

“The opportunity to lead UI Health Care has been the absolute high point of my career,” Robillard says. “It is truly an honor and privilege to work with so many superbly talented and committed individuals who have helped make our academic medical center one of the best in the country today. I am proud of what we have achieved together and look forward to the bright future that is ahead for this great organization.”

Robillard first became the dean of the Carver College 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.

Robillard is widely credited with creating an environment that has allowed the many talented individuals at every level of UI Health Care to succeed.

“From the distinguished biomedical investigators pioneering new discoveries, to the creative educators setting new standards of excellence in preparing the next generation of clinicians and scientists, to the world-class health care providers caring for patients, UI Health Care has, quite simply, thrived under Jean’s leadership,” says University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld. “He leaves a strong legacy that will have a lasting impact on the institution and on the health care landscape of this state for generations to come.”

Under Robillard’s leadership, UI Health Care has achieved a long list of accomplishments, setting the stage for continued success:

  • The establishment of an ultramodern biomedical research facility, the 256,000-square-foot Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, which fosters high-risk, high-reward science. Opened in 2014, PBDB is home to a number of key research programs, including the newly created Iowa Neuroscience Institute, which promises to establish Iowa as a leading center for excellence in the neurosciences.
  • A major expansion of the clinical enterprise, including a major ambulatory care clinic in neighboring Coralville’s Iowa River Landing development, the establishment of several UI QuickCare walk-in clinic sites located throughout the community, and a long-term master plan for the main hospital campus’ future
  • Development of the new UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which is scheduled to open to patients in December 2016 and envisioned as a kid-friendly, state-of-the-art children’s hospital at the heart of a comprehensive children’s health system for Iowa
  • 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 the hospital and the college, surpassing the goal set for the University of Iowa’s current “For Iowa. Forever More.” campaign, with more than $750 million raised
  • An innovative $100 million investment in the college’s research enterprise to recruit new faculty and support existing faculty in advancing vital research programs, with a special focus on new and emerging fields

Robillard is the immediate past chair of the Association of Academic Health Centers Board of Directors. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and, in 2006, served as chair of the board of directors for the American Board of Pediatrics.