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University of Iowa's Vice President for Medical Affairs to step down

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IOWA CITY (KWWL)- The University of Iowa announced today 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 University of Iowa Health Care—which comprises the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Physicians. Trained in pediatric nephrology, Robillard will stay on the faculty of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. A search for someone to take his leadership role will start immediately, while Robillard continues as vice president and dean until a new leader is named.

Robillard became the dean of the Carver College of Medicine in 2003 and was named vice president for medical affairs in 2007. Since then, the University of Iowa's Health Care has grown and earned a strong national reputation. Robillard also served as the university’s interim president after Sally Mason retired in 2015.

Under Robillard’s leadership, University of Iowa's Health Care has achieved a long list of accomplishments, including:

·         Establishing an ultramodern biomedical research facility, the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.  Opened in 2014, PBDB is home to a number of 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 University of Iowa 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 University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which is scheduled to open to patients in December 2016.

·         Creation of the University of Iowa Health Alliance, a partnership with 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.  In 2006 he served as chair of the board of directors for the American Board of Pediatrics.

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