Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean King Li has announced the hiring of Dr. Rosalind Garcia-Tosi as the college’s new chief of staff, effective July 26, 2021. Garcia-Tosi will succeed the college’s inaugural chief of staff, Gary Giacomelli, who plans to retire in October.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Garcia-Tosi will serve as a key advisor to the Dean and lead a variety of strategic, executive, administrative, and operational activities across the college. She will provide organizational assessments and recommendations and will manage the development and implementation of initiatives to advance strategic priorities and to optimize integrated operations and communications in the college.

“We are fortunate to have had a chief-of-staff candidate of Dr. Garcia-Tosi’s caliber and experience. Her expertise will be important as our college expands its mission to educate the next generation of physician innovators,” said Li.

Dr. Garcia-Tosi comes to Carle Illinois from the University of Michigan and the Eisenberg Family Depression Center, where she has served as Associate Director of Administration since 2013. She is skilled in operations, fiscal management, strategic planning, program evaluation, staff management, community outreach and education, health equity initiatives, and translational research.

Previously, she served on the management team at Mott Children’s Health Center in Flint, Michigan, where she was director of child and adolescent psychiatry and director of strategic planning and evaluation. Dr. Garcia-Tosi has also taught at the university level at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work and at UM’s Flint campus, including courses in cultural competency in health care. She is recognized for her work to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion at organizations she has led. She also has served in a liaison role with industry partners and potential donors in her previous positions.

Dr. Garcia-Tosi holds a doctorate degree in Health Systems Management from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. She also has a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health management and policy, and a master’s degree in social work, both from the University of Michigan. She has published papers and research on public health and mental health issues, and is experienced in maternal and child health, mental health management, collaboration, health equity, and health disparities.

Giacomelli served as Carle Illinois’ inaugural Chief of Staff since January 2020, and will stay on through October, working with Dr. Garcia-Tosi to ensure a smooth transition. During his tenure, Giacomelli led development of the college’s strategic plan, played a key role in obtaining provisional accreditation and setting the stage for full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and served as a key advisor to the dean as a member of the college’s executive leadership team. “We are grateful to Gary for his outstanding contributions to Carle Illinois and his willingness to assist me and Dr. Garcia-Tosi as the college moves to its next stage of development,” said Li.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine was created in 2015 as the world’s first medical college to incorporate engineering and technology principles into medical education. Its inaugural class of students will graduate in 2022.