The College of Medicine is very pleased to announce that Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE has accepted our offer to assume the leadership of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford as the Regional Dean on March 17, 2014, pending approval of the University Board of trustees. Dr. Stagnaro-Green is a renowned clinician-scientist and academic leader with 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.
Dr. Stagnaro-Green is currently Senior Advisor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1983. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, he completed a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2005 he received a Masters of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Over the years, Dr. Stagnaro-Green has led comprehensive curricular reform at multiple institutions including the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, and the George Washington University School of Medicine. He has successfully led LCME reaccreditation efforts at both Mount Sinai and New Jersey Medical School and has had a leadership role in LCME activities at George Washington. Since 1994, Dr. Green has also served as an LCME site visitor and has had the leadership position as LCME team secretary on seven LCME site visits. He has published on a wide variety of topics in medical education and has received multiple educational awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and was nominated for the Golden Apple Award, New Jersey Medical School from 2004-2007.
Dr. Stagnaro-Green is also an internationally known researcher in the field of thyroid disease and pregnancy. In 1990 he reported in JAMA the seminal finding linking thyroid antibody positivity in euthyroid women to a doubling of the rate of spontaneous miscarriage. His endocrine research focuses on thyroid antibodies and miscarriage, the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and preterm delivery, and postpartum thyroiditis. For the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) task force on thyroid and pregnancy. In 2011, he was the Chair and lead author on clinical guidelines on thyroid and pregnancy which have been endorsed worldwide, including the European Thyroid Association, Latin American Thyroid Association, and the Australian Thyroid Association. At present, Dr. Stagnaro-Green is leading an effort to ensure that all prenatal vitamins include iodine which is critical to normal fetal neurocognitive development. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has served as section editor of two books.
My thanks go to Dr. Mitchell King for his leadership as interim regional dean during this search process. I also would like to thank members of the search committee, headed by Dr. William Chamberlin, for their dedication and outstanding work during the selection process. The committee members worked tirelessly to conduct this national search to ensure the successful recruitment of this important hire.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Stagnaro-Green to our college and to the Rockford community.