Wesley Robinson-McNeese, MD
Wesley Robinson-McNeese, MD, a 1986 alumnus, joined the SIU faculty in 2001 and founded the Office of Diversity Multicultural and Minority Affairs. Over the past decade, McNeese has overseen numerous initiatives to promote and expand the culture of diversity and inclusion at the School of Medicine. Most notably, McNeese led efforts with Springfield School District 186 to create “P4” (Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program) to encourage high school students to pursue careers in medicine. A total of 26 students have completed the program, and most are pursuing medical studies. He also spearheaded the Eastside Health Initiative, the Metro-east Healthcare Elective, and the Alonzo H. Kenniebrew Forum.
McNeese has initiated recruitment efforts of medical students, faculty and staff and a faculty mentoring program. Under McNeese’s direction, minority graduates to the School of Medicine have increased. According to a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges SIU School of Medicine ranks in the 90th percentile of recent graduates who are Black or African-American.