Regional Dean Welcome

Regional Dean Welcome

Exciting things are happening at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford! We are embarking on impactful transformation to move the college and campus in a strongly progressive direction.

Our mission is - education, research and service for health: An academic medical center committed to developing an optimal learning environment for training healthcare professionals, conducting innovative research, and dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our society. After an intense strategic planning process with nearly 100 community partners and campus leaders, seven committees were charged with developing actionable objectives to fulfill that mission. Their work was stellar!

The University of Illinois Rockford is a health sciences campus which includes the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, a master’s program in medical biotechnology and a certificate program in public health. The education committee developed a plan to enhance inter-professional collaboration among our students, identify new training sites for medical students, establish a vigorous faculty development program, and evaluate to possibilities of a Rockford-wide simulation center.

Important research in the fields of cancer, immunology and health policy is conducted on campus. Due to a remarkably generous gift of $3 million from the Blazer Foundation, we recently opened a Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research lab. The Research Committee prepared a growth plan for the next five years and identified ways to promote increased medical student, resident, fellows and faculty participation in research.

Founded in 1971 to address the health care needs of the people of Illinois, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has trained over 1,700 physicians. Nearly 50 percent of our graduates practice in Illinois and over 250 remain in the Rockford region. In addition to training physicians, the College of Medicine at Rockford provides health care services at the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center, the Rochelle Outreach Services, the Winnebago County Justice Center and school clinics in Illinois. Dr. L.P. Johnson, a pioneer in family medicine education, started our residency program in 1972, which now boasts over 20,000 patient visits a year. Faculty retention and strategic direction of our clinical practice was the focus of the Clinical Practice Committee.

The College of Medicine at Rockford also serves as home to The National Center for Rural Health Professions and the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Program. RMED trains medical student to meet the specific needs of rural communities. We offer opportunities for area high school and college students to interact closely with professionals in an academic or industrial research environment through summer internships and a partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The College has benefited from strong community partnerships. Those relationships have been enhanced and new ones forged as the College has taken an increasingly active role in improving the health and well-being of the Community of Rockford and transformation of the campus into a vibrant site for community activities related to health, wellness and education. The campus is designed to promote health and wellness for faculty, staff and students with healthy food options, wellness programs and a fitness center and plans for adding a coffee lounge.

As an economic driver for the city and the region, the College has identified methods to promote growth including developing research opportunities and a research agenda that can add value to the local economy and support private company work in the community through collaboration with University of Illinois expertise and resources; identifying and assisting in the coordination of community and health system programs and initiatives, thus creating a focus of greater cohesion concerning health and wellness in the community; and creating Income opportunities through sponsored learning programs. The campus is available to host national or regional conferences as well as continue to deliver community-based wellness programs.

I am both humbled and grateful to serve as Regional Dean of the College of Medicine. It is my goal to greatly expand upon the areas in which the College of Medicine has already excelled, and to dedicate the college to enhancing the health and economy of Rockford region. I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have. I can be reached at 815.395.5600 or at to begin the dialogue.


Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE
Regional Dean
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Education
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

Campus History

Since 1971, the College of Medicine at Rockford has focused on building an academic medical institution committed to education and advocacy, dedicated to research and continuous innovation, and centered on clinical service in the surrounding communities. More About the Region