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April 12, 2011

SIU HealthCare Names Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jeffrey G. Lobas Dr. Jeffrey Lobas has been named chief medical officer (CMO) for SIU HealthCare and professor of pediatric pulmonology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

As CMO, Lobas is involved with regulatory, accreditation, safety, clinical informatics and compliance issues as well as facilitating standardization, quality and improvement of care and processes across the practice for SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s group practice.  He is part of the leadership team coordinating strategic plans that support excellence in the clinical, research and teaching missions of SIU HealthCare and SIU School of Medicine.

Most recently, Lobas was pediatric CMO for both Banner Health in Phoenix and Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa (2007-10) and director of Child Health Specialty Clinics at the University of Iowa and on the pediatric and community/behavioral health faculty at Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City (1997-2007).  He also was director of pediatric critical care and pediatric inpatient services at Hennepin County Medical Center (1994-97) and managing business partner of Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists (1988-93), both in Minneapolis.  He previously was on the medical faculty of the University of Minnesota (1987-97) and Indiana University (1986-87).

Lobas completed his three-year fellowships in pediatric critical care and pediatric pulmonology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1986).  He completed his pediatric residency, including a year as chief resident, and his medical degree at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo (1983, 1979).  He earned a master’s in public administration at Ohio State University in Columbus (1974) and his bachelor’s at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. (1972).  He also earned a doctorate in organization development at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis (2004).

Lobas is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and trained as a pediatric pulmonologist and intensivist.  His memberships include the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program, National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy, Child and Adolescent Health Management Initiative and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  His research interests include organization development and developing leadership, community-based children’s mental health initiatives and the medical home as a model for care delivery.

SIU HealthCare has more than 240 full-time physicians as well as other medical professionals, providing both primary care and specialized treatment services.  SIU works in partnership with hospitals and clinics throughout Illinois, extending its clinical outreach efforts to 55 Illinois communities.  Its Web site is

SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, service, research and community service.  throughout Illinois.  For information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000 or 1-800-342-5748.  Its Web site is