July 30, 2014
Dr. Janet Albers Named Chair of Family Medicine at SIU Med School
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine alumna Janet Albers, M.D., has been named chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has been associate chair of the family medicine department since 1999.
“Dr. Albers’ dedication to family medicine and her patients is unparalleled,” said J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., dean and provost of SIU School of Medicine. “She has been a leader in fulfilling our mission by caring for the underserved.”
A 1987 alumna of the School of Medicine, Albers joined the SIU faculty in 1997, becoming director of the SIU Center for Family Medicine and residency program director in 1998. Since October 2012, she has been CEO of the SIU Center for Family Medicine and led the effort to secure the Springfield family medicine center as a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center.
Albers has received numerous awards for her patient care and teaching skills. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (2008), received the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors Silver Level Program Director Recognition Award (2007) and was one of 53 finalists in the national Humanism in Medicine Award, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative (2002). SIU School of Medicine students awarded her the Humanism in Medicine Award (2001), sponsored by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.
Albers is involved in numerous state and regional activities. Most recently she was voted President-Elect of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. She also is active in the Illinois Primary Health Care Association and the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation MOSAIC Project. She is a member of the Children’s Healthcare Access and Resource Team, developing an integrated medical home for children with mental health needs at the Noll Pavilion in Springfield. She also is a board member of the Coordinated Access to Community Health (CATCH), which provides free care for those who are at 200 percent and below the federal poverty level and don’t qualify for other coverage.
Albers earned her bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington (1982) and her medical degree at SIU (1987). She completed her residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. (1990). She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Her memberships include the Illinois Primary Health Care Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Sangamon County Medical Society, the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and the American and Illinois Academies of Family Physicians. She has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
A native of Decatur, Albers and her husband, Thomas, have three children, Christine, T.J. and Zachary.