May 13, 2013
Dr. Jerry Kruse Named to Dual Post at SIU School of Medicine
Jerry E. Kruse, M.D. has been named executive associate dean and chief executive officer of SIU HealthCare at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He received the unanimous support of the SIU HealthCare Board of Directors, the clinical chairs and hospital partners.
Kruse has been professor and chairman of the Department of Family & Community Medicine from 1997 until March 2013. He will be the authority for all clinical and clinically related academic issues and planning.
“Dr. Kruse is well qualified to bridge the academic programs with the clinical practice as we move forward in the rapidly changing health-care environment,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost of SIU School of Medicine. “Dr. Kruse’s significant role in state and national venues, his service as chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and vice chair of SIU HealthCare, make him eminently qualified to fill this role.”
Kruse is past-president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In 2007, he was appointed to the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the multi-specialty advisory committee that reports to the U.S. Congress and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Kruse joined SIU in 1984 as an assistant professor and assistant director of the Quincy program. He completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in academic family medicine as well as a master's in public health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine (1984), where he also completed his three-year residency in family medicine (1982). He earned his medical and bachelor's degrees at the University of Missouri at Columbia (1979, 1975).
He is board certified as a diplomate by the American Board of Family Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), North American Primary Care Research Group, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Adams County Medical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has had several articles published in national medical journals. He was named IAFP's Family Phyician Teacher of the Year in 1991.
A native of Salisbury, Mo., Kruse and his wife, Lois, have three children, Emily, Julia and Anna.