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Clinical Department Chair Leadership

Janet Albers, MD

Janet Albers, MD, has been chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine since July 2014. Prior to the chair position, Albers was associate chair of the family medicine department since 1999.

A 1987 alumna of the SIU 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 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, Minnesota (1990).

Kari Wolf, MD joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in August 2016.

Previously, Wolf was associate professor of medicine at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, Wolf was chair, Austin Department and associate professor of the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern. While an instructor, Wolf also was president and CEO of Seton Mind Institute in Austin, Texas (2004-2016).

She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, psychiatry. She is a member of American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP) and Women Executives in Science and Healthcare.

Doug Carlson, MD

Doug Carlson, MD, has been chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since August 2014.  

A 1984 alumnus of the SIU School of Medicine, Carlson came to SIU from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he was most recently a pediatrics professor, director of the pediatric hospitalist medicine division and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality and Safety. He first joined Wash U in 1987 after completing his residency there.

Carlson earned his bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington (1981) and his medical degree at SIU (1984). He completed a pediatrics residency at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis (1987).

John M. Flack, MD, MPH

John M. Flack, MD, MPH has been professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since May 2015.

Prior to joining SIU, Flack 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. While at Wayne State, Flack 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 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).

James Gilchrist, MD

James Gilchrist, MDjoined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Neurology in May 2012.

Gilchrist has been professor and interim chair of neurology at Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (2009-12). He was professor (1998-2012) and associate chair of clinical neurosciences at Brown (2003-09), where he had served as director of the Division of EMG and Neuromuscular Disease, director of the MDA clinic, and program director of the clinical neurophysiology fellowship within the Department of Neurology (1990-2012) and as associate professor (1991-98).

He completed fellowships in electromyography at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina (1985), and in clinical neurophysiology at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond (1984), where he had completed his residency in neurology (1983). He received his medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago (1979) and a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Illinois in Champaign (1976). He earned a master’s degree from Brown University in 1992.

Aziz Khan, MD

Aziz Khan, MD, was named executive director of the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in November 2014. Kahn is also chief of the division of hematology and oncology and professor of clinical medicine, and chief medical officer of Simmons Cancer Institute.

Khan joined the medical school in 2007 as an associate professor of clinical medicine and served as an attending physician at Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital. Previously, he worked as an associate professor at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California (2007-12).

Khan completed fellowships in hematology and medical oncology at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center (1991, 1990). He also completed a residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine (1988) after earning his degree at Allama Igbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan (1982).

J. Ricardo Loret de Mola, MD

J. Ricardo Loret de Mola, MD, has been an associate professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since May 2007.

Loret de Mola came to SIU from MacDonald Women’s Hospital of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as chief of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility division (2000-07). He also was director of the MacDonald fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF) center and its laboratory.  He previously was on CWRU’s faculty as assistant director of its obstetrics and gynecology residency (1996-99).

Previously, Loret de Mola was the director of the oocyte donor program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) (1999-2000) and on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (UPSM) (1994-96).

Loret de Mola completed a two-year fellowship at the Association of American Medical College’s Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (2002) and a two-year research fellowship in pharmacology at CWRU as a scholar of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation (1998). Additionally, Loret de Mola completed a two-year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at UPSM (1996). He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology, including a year as chief resident, at CWRU (1994).  He earned medical and bachelor’s degrees at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (1988, 1983).

Michael Neumeister, MD

Michael Neumeister, MDhas been chairman of the Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since August 2012 and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery since 2002. As chairman, he is responsible for providing leadership and support for the academic and clinical activities, as well as oversight and strategic direction for the surgery department.

Neumeister came to SIU School of Medicine in 1996 following a fellowship at Harvard University’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. He then completed a one-year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at SIU and became an assistant professor in 1997 and professor in 2005. He was program director of the plastic surgery residency program (1998-2008). He also is program director of the Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship Program and vice chair of research for the surgery department and chief of research and microsurgery. Neumeister completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (1996), following a general surgery residency at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada (1993). He earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto (1988) and bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario in London (1984).