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James Leonard

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Dr. Robert J. Jones

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James Leonard

President and Chief Executive Officer
Illinois-based Carle Foundation

Carle Health System

During the past 15 years, Leonard has overseen significant growth of the organization consistently recognized for providing high quality care serving more than 850,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually and covering more than 400,000 health plan members throughout the United States. Under Leonard’s leadership, Carle has achieved national recognition as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™, is among the top nationally for critical care, stroke, pulmonary and gastrointestinal care, having achieved Magnet ® nursing status and Health Care’s Most Wired™. Leonard has guided Carle as its separate entities integrated into a health system, led clinical affiliation agreements, while expanding physician staffing and adding facilities to improve access to care. Leonard is board certified in Family Practice with additional training in Sports Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He is past chair and current member of the Illinois Hospital Association Board and serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association.

Dr. Robert J. Jones

Chancellor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robert J. Jones became chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on September 26, 2016. Jones, who served as president of the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) since 2013, is an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader.

Jones’ tenure at one of the SUNY system’s leading research universities followed a 34-year career at the University of Minnesota, a Big Ten land-grant institution, where he began as a plant physiologist in the department of agronomy and plant genetics and rose through a series of academic administrative appointments, serving as senior vice president for academic administration at the University of Minnesota System from 2004 to 2013.

Dr. King Li portrait

Dr. King Li

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Kayla Banks

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Rashid Bashir

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Stephen Boppart

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Dr. King Li

Dean, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carle Health System

King Li is the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His appointment will officially begin on October 1, 2016, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Dr. Li is a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology. Holding 16 patents, with another six pending, he has a long track record of developing and commercializing intellectual property as well as setting up and administering large clinical and translational research programs. As the senior associate dean at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Li was a main driving force in developing a learning health care system in the institution. His broad knowledge and experience in research, clinical, education and entrepreneurial activities make him uniquely qualified in driving change in preparation for value-based health care and development of learning health care systems.

Li’s resume includes research, clinical, educational and entrepreneurial roles at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Stanford University and Houston Methodist Hospital. He earned a medical degree from University of Toronto and an MBA from San Jose State University.

Kayla Banks

Carle Executive Director

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Kayla Banks, RN, Ph.D., is responsible for overseeing Carle’s efforts related to planning, accreditation, and the ultimate successful establishment and on-going operations of the new College of Medicine. During her nearly five years at Carle Health System, Banks has served as a quality coordinator, hospital quality outcomes manager and most recently as director of clinical outcomes. She also holds adjunct faculty positions at Illinois Wesleyan University and University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining Carle, she was a clinical nurse and education coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She earned a Ph.D. in nursing, master’s degree in nursing administration from University of Illinois at Chicago and bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Iowa.

Rashid Bashir

Abel Bliss Professor, Engineering
Head, Department of Bioengineering

College of Engineering

Rashid Bashir’s research seeks to leverage engineering principles at the micro- and nanoscale for biomedical applications. His lab has used engineering design and 3-D printing to create platforms for HIV diagnostics, DNA sequencing and miniature biological robots. He also oversees two prominent bioengineering training grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Bashir earned his B.S. from Texas Tech in 1987 and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1992. He came to Illinois in 2007 to direct the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, a premier multidisciplinary research facility, and now heads the department of bioengineering. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Stephen Boppart

Abel Bliss Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering

College of Engineering

Stephen Boppart is director of the Center for Optical Molecular Imaging and head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He also holds a joint position with Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. His highly interdisciplinary and innovative team is developing novel optical imaging technologies for basic biological discovery and for translational applications in medicine and surgery. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded three companies including Diagnostic Photonics and PhotoniCare with the goal of translating those technologies from the lab to the clinic. Both of these companies are licensing intellectual property from Illinois that he developed in his research lab. Diagnostic Photonics is commercializing an intraoperative optical imaging system to microscopically assess breast tumor margins during surgery for the presence of any residual tumor, and PhotoniCare is developing novel optical imaging techniques for the primary care physician and pediatrician to better identify, diagnose, and monitor ear infections in children. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School and MIT before joining the Illinois faculty in 2000. Boppart is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE—the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

Marty Burke portrait

Marty Burke

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Andreas Cangellaris

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Neal J. Cohen

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Edward Feser

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Marty Burke

Professor, Chemistry

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Marty Burke’s research lies at the intersection of chemistry, engineering and medicine as his research group explores simple methods for synthesizing complex small molecules that could be used as “molecular prosthetics.” His group devised a building-block approach to making drugs that is now used by many pharmaceutical companies. Burke earned his B.A. in 1998 from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2003 and M.D. in 2005, both from Harvard University. He was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist in 2009 and has been honored with the prestigious E.J. Corey Award from the American Chemical Society, the Thieme Prize from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the Hirata Gold Medal from Japan. He also has been named one of the “World’s 35 Top Innovators Under 35” by Technology Review Magazine.

Andreas Cangellaris

M. E. Van Valkenburg Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dean, College of Engineering

College of Engineering

Andreas Cangellaris is the M. E. Van Valkenburg Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). In June 2013, he was named dean of the College of Engineering at Illinois. He joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at Illinois in 1997 and served as head of the department from 2008-13. His service at Illinois also includes a two-year appointment as Associate Provost Fellow (2006-08) leading an effort to revise campus promotion and tenure processes. He was a co-founder and co-leader of iFoundry. Cangellaris’ expertise and research interests are in applied and computational electromagnetics. He is a Fellow of IEEE. In 2005, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for outstanding contributions to electromagnetic theory. He is the recipient of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Director’s Coin in 2011, and the IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Society 2012 Distinguished Educator Award “for outstanding contributions as a teacher, mentor, and role model for students in the microwave profession.”

Neal J. Cohen

Professor, Psychology
Director, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative
Director, Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Neal J. Cohen received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California at San Diego. He was a postdoctoral researcher and then research scientist at MIT, and a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He is now a professor in the department of psychology, the Neuroscience Program and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He directs the Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM); and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative (IHSI). Cohen’s research involves interdisciplinary studies of human learning and memory, and has been instrumental in the discovery and characterization of the brain’s multiple memory systems. His work has emphasized the development of new approaches and multiple methodologies for assessing different aspects of memory in various populations, both in association with brain disorders and in response to specific interventions. In 2012, Cohen was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which recognized his “pioneering research on memory and amnesia, distinguishing brain systems and psychological characteristics that distinguish declarative and procedural memory.”

Edward Feser

Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

As interim provost, Feser acts as chief academic officer for the campus, overseeing all academic programs and policies. Dr. Feser works in close partnership with the chancellor, the campus leadership team, deans and the Academic Senate in guiding the overall Illinois academic mission. Prior to becoming interim provost, Dr. Feser was dean of the university’s College of Fine and Applied Arts, overseeing academic and engagement programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, design, and the visual and performing arts.

Previously he served as Davies Chair of Entrepreneurship and head of the Division of Innovation, Management and Policy at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK; as head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and as assistant secretary for policy, research and strategic planning in the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Feser’s research expertise is in regional economic development, innovation and technology policy, public policy and management, strategic planning, and regional economic modeling.

Matthew D. Gibb, M.D. portrait

Matthew D. Gibb

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Martha Gillette

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Normand Paquin

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Gene E. Robinson

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Matthew D. Gibb, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Carle Health System

Matthew D. Gibb, M.D., FACC, FACP, FSCAI, is executive vice president and chief medical officer for Carle Health System and is administratively responsible for development of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Gibb is an interventional cardiologist who also maintains an active practice focusing on complex interventional procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). During his 21 years at Carle, he has served in many leadership positions including head of cardiology, medical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, and chair of the Carle Clinic Association Board of Governors. Additionally, Gibb is the designated institutional official for research at Carle. He is active with many national organizations, is a published author, and serves on the board of directors of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). Gibb received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Saint Louis University. He served for 12 years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps prior to coming to Carle.

Martha Gillette

Cell and Developmental Biology Alumni Professor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Martha U. Gillette is a Cell and Developmental Biology Alumni Professor. She received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Toronto, completed her postdoctoral research at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and joined the U. of I. faculty in 1989. She directs the U. of I. Neuroscience Program and has many affiliations across campus, including with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the College of Medicine, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. Gillette studies the brain’s plastic responses to experience, investigating signals that shape and wire the nervous system. Her work builds upon campus strengths in molecular and cellular biology, nanoscale analytical chemistry, and bioengineering. Cross-disciplinary collaborations are enabling her to apply cutting-edge technologies to identify critical molecules and processes that can aid in neural repair and restoration of cognitive function. Gillette is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recipient of the 2004 Mika Saltpeter Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Neuroscience, and was named a Center for Advanced Study professor in 2009.

Normand Paquin

Illinois Project Manager

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Associate Director for Research

Coordinated Science Lab

Normand Paquin is the University of Illinois project manager for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. In this role, he is responsible for the planning, coordination and successful implementation of the business, academic and regulatory objectives necessary to open the first independently governed college of medicine on the Urbana campus. Paquin continues to serve as the associate director for research for the Coordinated Science Lab (CSL) in the College of Engineering. He is responsible for promoting CSL research opportunities to current and prospective collaborators and sponsors, as well as developing new support for current research programs and facilitating the creation and growth of new initiatives. In previous Illinois positions, Paquin played material roles in the launch of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center and the Information Trust Institute. He has also held research and senior administrative positions at several companies in the United States and Canada.

Gene E. Robinson

Swanlund Chair of Entomology
Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Gene Robinson joined the Illinois faculty in the department of entomology in 1989, and soon established himself as a leader in studies of the genetic and genomic underpinnings of social behavior. Robinson’s research has focused on the honey bee, an insect with flexible social roles living in a complex society with a language of its own – the famous waggle dance that allows one foraging bee to tell its nest mates where to find promising food sources. This complexity and the increasing availability of insect genomes (including an initiative led by Robinson: the successful sequencing of the honey bee genome) has allowed him to ask questions about how insects and other animals evolved their myriad social structures. Robinson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He holds a Swanlund Chair at Illinois and has appointments in many departments and institutes on campus, too many to list here. He is a tireless and enthusiastic promoter of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology mission and its faculty, staff and students.

Jonathan S. Bailey portrait

Jonathan S. Bailey

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Robert G. Good

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Robert M. Healy

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Paul Hergenrother

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Jonathan S. Bailey

Associate Medical Director of Specialty Surgery Services, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Carle Health System

Jonathan S. Bailey, D.M.D., M.D., F.A.C.S., received his D.M.D. and M.D. degrees from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a fellowship in Maxillofacial Oncology and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Bailey joined Carle in 2001 and is associate medical director of Specialty Surgery Services and medical director of Carle’s Cleft Lip and Palate Team. He has also served as the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program director since 2005 and was awarded as Carle’s Educator of the Year in 2010. Additionally, Dr. Bailey serves as an examiner for the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His clinical interests include oral cancer, craniomaxillofacial trauma, and cleft lip and palate surgery.

Robert G. Good

Medical Director of Clinical Integration Operations

Carle Health System

Robert G. Good, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., F.A.A.F.P., is medical director of Clinical Integration Operations and adult medicine physician at Carle Health System. Dr. Good has served in many leadership roles at Carle, including medical director for the organization’s primary health clinic located in Mattoon, Ill. He was honored with the Physician Excellence Award by Carle in 2010, as Physician of the Year by the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society in 2000, and Physician of the Year by the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association in 1988. Dr. Good received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa, and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He is also on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Good has served as president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and president of the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society.

Robert M. Healy

Chief Medical Quality Officer, Medical Director of Graduate Medical Education, Adult Medicine Physician

Carle Health System

Robert M. Healy, M.D., C.P.E., F.A.C.P., is chief medical quality officer and medical director of Graduate Medical Education and adult medicine physician at Carle Health System. He received his M.D. degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency as chief resident at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Healy joined Carle in 1991 where he practices adult medicine and has served in a variety of leadership positions. He also served as program director of the internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois from 2001-2010. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare quality and patient safety through Thomas Jefferson University.

Paul Hergenrother

Kenneth Rinehart Jr. Endowed Chair in Natural Products Department of Chemistry

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Paul Hergenrother’s research interests are in the areas of chemical biology and drug discovery. His laboratory uses small organic compounds to identify new cellular targets that can be exploited to treat cancer and drug-resistant bacteria. His lab discovered a small molecule (called PAC-1) that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct; together with Professor Timothy Fan, a colleague in the College of Veterinary Medicine, PAC-1 has been successfully tested in pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers. The Phase I clinical trial of PAC-1 in late-stage human cancer patients began in 2015 and is on-going, taking place at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago and at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. See https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02355535 for listing on clinicaltrials.gov. He is the co-founder of Vanquish Oncology Inc, and the new Theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology called “Anticancer Discovery from Pets to People”.