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Meet Dean Jean Robillard, MD

Jean Robillard

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 21st president.

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.

Dr. 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.  

With 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 Montreal.   

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.