College of Medicine: Deans

Mark I. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA
Mark I. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBADean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine
Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA was appointed Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in March 2019.
Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Rosenblatt served as the Illinois Lions/Charles I. Young Chair, Professor, and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago.
Dr. Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist. As Director of the Corneal Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, he leads groups of scientists investigating the mechanism of corneal peripheral nerve regeneration following injury, and the use of nanoengineered biomaterials for use in stem cell delivery to the ocular surface. His work in regenerative medicine has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, Research to Prevent Blindness, the Falk Family Foundation, and the Tri-Institutional Stem Cell Initiative. Dr. Rosenblatt has published widely, including over 150 original manuscripts, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Dr. Rosenblatt is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Honors Program in Medical Education and the Combined MD/PhD program, receiving Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed his ophthalmology residency and combined clinical/research fellowship in corneal disease at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School. Prior to his arrival at College of Medicine, Dr. Rosenblatt was a faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he served as the department’s Vice Chair and as Director of the Margaret M. Dyson Vision Research Institute. Dr. Rosenblatt also completed his MBA at New York University’s Stern School.

Sara Rusch, MD
Sara Rusch, MDRegional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Dr. Rusch is a general internist and a Master of the American College of Physicians. As Regional Dean, Dr. Rusch is leading multiple projects to improve UICOMP. These include: building small-group learning spaces; advancing simulation training; expanding research in health outcomes and cancer biology; building a new 20,000 square foot cancer research facility; and expanding residency education through the addition of a psychiatry residency and the expansion of other residency and fellowship programs. More about Dean Rusch.
Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE
Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPERegional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE, is the Regional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford and a Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Education. A renowned clinician-scientist and academic leader, he has extensive experience in curriculum design and development, administration, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation, clinical research, and public service in the field of thyroid and pregnancy. More about Rockford and a welcome from Dean Stagnaro-Green
Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA
Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSAActing Regional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana
Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA is the Acting Regional Dean of the Urbana campus. Dr. Jokela joined the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana in 2000. At the College of Medicine, she has served in multiple roles, including Director for the first year medical school course Introduction to Human Disease, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Director of Continuing Medical Education. She is a member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Core EPA Team, representing the Urbana campus. She currently serves as Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the College in Urbana. More about Dean Jokela