May 27, 2015
SIU Med School Names Chair of Internal Medicine
John M. Flack, MD, MPH has been named professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. He also is a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s group practice. Dr. Flack is a renowned hypertension specialist and will see patients with complex hypertension and related conditions in a newly formed hypertension clinic.
Flack holds an advanced degree in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He has held numerous positions at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, most recently as professor of medicine and physiology. He was chair of Wayne State’s internal medicine department for eight years.
At Wayne State, he served as the founding director of the Division of Translational Research and Clinical Epidemiology (TRaCE) and was principal investigator of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)-funded Center for Urban Health. Flack is an American Society of Hypertension (ASH)-certified specialist in clinical hypertension and serves as the Vice President of the ASH Hypertension Specialist Board.
Flack is board certified in internal medicine and is an ASH-certified clinical hypertension specialist. He completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology from the University of Minnesota (1990). He completed an internal medicine residency and received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (1985, 1982) where he also served as Chief Medical Resident in 1985-86. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Langston University (1978).
Among his many honors, Flack has been named a “Top Doctor” from the Who’s Who Global Directory, was named one of Detroit’s “Super Doctors” and was Academic Physician of the Year from Oklahoma University School of Medicine. In 2009 the Detroit News named him Michiganian of the Year. His research interests are in clinical trial design, hypertension in African-Americans, the vascular and hemodynamic determinants of resistant hypertension and the effects of Vitamin D on blood pressure and body composition.
Flack is married to Jennifer Schoats Flack, an attorney. They have five daughters.
Flack succeeds Dr. Susan Hingle, who has been interim chair since 2013. Former chair Dr. David Steward was named Associate Dean for Community Health and Service in 2013.