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March 28, 2012

SIU Family Medicine Professor Elected President of National Society

Dr. Jerry Kruse, professor and chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has been elected president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) for 2012-13. Dr. Kruse has been a society member since 1984, the same year he joined SIU School of Medicine.

As STFM president, Kruse will represent the Society at a number of venues around the country, advocating for a broad spectrum of family medicine issues related to family medicine education and effective systems of health-care education, including education in the patient centered medical home.

“Dr. Kruse is a brilliant individual who is passionate about the role of family medicine education in improving the health of patients. He brings to our leadership valuable experience from working on key advocacy and national workforce advisory bodies,” said Stacy H. Brungardt, executive director of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. “His experience at SIU as program director, chair, and clinician has helped inform his broad national policy perspectives. Mix in his commitment to STFM and his engaging personality and presence, and there is no question that Dr. Kruse will be a great success in helping advance the priorities of the Society during his presidency.”

The society’s mission is to advance family medicine to improve health through community teachers and scholars. Kruse was elected to the post by the nearly 5,000 members of the STFM network.

Kruse joined SIU in 1984 as an assistant professor and assistant director of the Quincy program. He has served SIU as the director of the Quincy Family Medicine Program (1991-2003), chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine (1997-present) and chair of the Educational Policy Council (2000-2011). He completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Academic Family Medicine and a master's degree in public health (MSPH) at the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine (1984), where he also completed his three-year residency in family medicine (1982), his medical degree (1979) and his bachelor’s degree (1975).

He is board certified as a diplomate by both the American Board of Family Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), the Adams County Medical Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is a current member the Illinois State Board of Health, and of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory body to Congress and to the secretary of Health and Human Services. His scholarly publications relate mainly to family-centered maternity care and effective systems of healthcare delivery. He was named IAFP's Family Physician Teacher of the Year in 1991.

A native of Salisbury, Mo., Kruse and his wife, Lois, have three daughters, Emily, Julia and Anna.