Meet Dean Jean Robillard, MD
Jean E. Robillard, M.D., is vice
president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the
University of Iowa. He began his initial appointment as vice president in
January 2007, after serving four years as dean, a position he continued to hold
until June 2008 when the two roles were split. Dr. Robillard resumed both roles
in February 2016 following a decision to again combine the two roles into one
leadership position. In 2015, he also
served as interim president of the University of Iowa during the search for its
Dr. Robillard is charged with integrating planning and operations for UI
Health Care, which comprises University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; the UI Carver
College of Medicine; and University of Iowa Physicians, the state’s largest
multi-specialty physician group practice. A powerful resource for Iowa, UI
Health Care contributes more than $3.4 billion to the state’s economy and is
responsible for over 25,000 jobs in the state.
As leader of Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, Dr.
Robillard has created a model for academic medicine in the 21st
century. Under his leadership, UI Health Care implemented its first ever
strategic plan and has expanded medical services to better meet the needs of
Iowans, including a $73 million ambulatory care facility at Coralville’s Iowa
River Landing. UI Health Care is also near completion on a $360 million
state-of-the-art University of Iowa Children’s Hospital designed to be at the
heart of a statewide system of health care for Iowa’s children.
Robillard is a proponent for the expansion of UI Health Care’s partnerships
across the state and beyond. In 2012, UI Health Care became a founding member
in the University of Iowa Health Alliance which comprises five of Iowa’s
premier health care organizations. The alliance works together to better
coordinate care, prevent and better manage disease, reduce costs, and deliver
care more efficiently for Iowans.
a life-long enthusiasm for the pursuit of discovery, Dr. Robillard also has
been instrumental in shaping the future of research on campus by championing
the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building project, which houses
both the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes
Research Center. The facility is home base for high-risk, high-reward
collaborative research aimed at finding cures for complex illnesses.
Dr. Robillard is a pediatric
nephrologist whose work focuses on the developmental physiology of the kidney. Prior
to his appointment as dean, Dr. Robillard served as chair and professor of the
Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and
physician-in-chief at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. A native of Montreal, Dr.
Robillard earned Bachelor’s and Medical degrees from the University of
Dr. Robillard currently serves as Chair
of the Association of Academic Health Centers Board of Directors. He is a
fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2006
served as chairman of the board of directors for the American Board of
Pediatrics. Dr. Robillard is also a member of the American Clinical and Climatological
Association, the Iowa Business Council, and Rotary International.