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Kevin Behrns, M.D.

Dean of the School of Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs

Kevin Behrns, M.D., has more than 20 years of experience as a highly accomplished educator, researcher, physician and administrator. Before becoming the dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SLU’s vice president for medical affairs, he served as chair of the department of surgery and the Edward R. Woodward Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

At SLU, Behrns oversees the educational, research, clinical and service activities of the nationally ranked School of Medicine. The CEO of SLUCare, the University's physician practice, reports to Behrns, who also serves as a key liaison with SSM Health, which owns and operates SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Behrns reports directly to SLU's president and is a member of his cabinet.

Robert M. Heaney, M.D.

CEO of SLUCare
Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs 
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Robert M. Heaney, M.D., received his Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University and trained in internal medicine at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Heaney served for four years in the National Health Service Corps as director of the medicine clinics at St. Louis City Hospital. He has served as director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He chairs the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Accreditation Task Force for the Clinical Practice of the faculty of the School of Medicine. Dr. Heaney actively practices in primary care, general internal medicine and preventive medicine. He directs and participates in clinical guideline development, clinical quality improvement, and conducts research in practice effectiveness and medical education in his role of medical director of the EpicCare electronic health record at Saint Louis University.

Additional School of Medicine Leadership

Joel C. Eissenberg, Ph.D.

Joel C. Eissenberg, Ph.D., is the associate dean for research as well as a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of pediatrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University-St. Louis before joining the faculty at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1987. His research concerns mechanisms of gene transcriptional regulation. 

Julie K. Gammack, M.D., Associate Dean

Julie K. Gammack, M.D., is an associate dean for graduate medical education and associate professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics Medicine at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gammack is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and trained in internal medicine and geriatric medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is the director for SLU's geriatric medicine fellowship program and associate director for the internal medicine residency training programs. Her clinical practice includes hospital, clinic and nursing home-based care for older adults. 

Denise Johnson, Director

Denise Johnson is the director of planning and operations at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts  in Organizational Communications from Saint Louis University. She is a member of the AAMC Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) and serves on the GIP Steering Committee and the GIP Data and Information Committee.

Chad S. Miller, M.D. , FACP, FHM,  Senior Associate Dean  

Chad Miller, M.D. FACP, FHM, is the associate dean for undergraduate medical education. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1999 and his doctorate of medicine from Tulane University in 2004. He completed his training in internal medicine at the same institution in 2007.

Dr. Miller has a wealth of education experience from his first faculty position at Tulane University, where he served as course director for numerous student experiences and as the associate program director for the internal medicine residency program.

Michael T. Railey, M.D., Associate Dean  

Michael Railey, M.D., is the associate dean of multicultural affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. A native of St. Louis, he graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1972 where he first became interested in personal "health belief models" and how personal behavior and spiritual beliefs affect health outcomes. This interest led to him earning his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Missouri in 1976. He trained in family medicine in 1979 at the University of Florida.

Dr. Railey has written book chapters and is published in his areas of greatest interest which are the family as a culture, obesity management, non-medical treatment of depression, and spirituality in medicine. In addition to remaining active in the community, he continues to see patients with the Saint Louis University SLUCare system.

Gregory S. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Dean

Gregory S. Smith, Ph.D.,  is the assistant dean for student affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, Texas and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pathology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He joined the faculty at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1995.

Dr. Smith is an active teacher in the curriculum and holds a variety of administrative positions in the School of Medicine including: director of first and second year medical student electives, director of medical student career advising and director of Phase I curriculum. He was named the assistant dean for student affairs in 2013. He is interested in surgical technologies, mentoring medical students and student career development.

L. James Willmore, M.D., Associate Dean

L. James Willmore, M.D., is the associate dean of admissions, student affairs and continuing medical education at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, as well as a professor of neurology and pharmacology and physiology.

Dr. Willmore received his Doctor of Medicine with honors from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and trained in neurology at the University of Virginia. His clinical focus is epilepsy; he is part of SLUCare Physician Group, the academic medical practice of Saint Louis University, and is recognized by the Best Doctors in America.

Gary Whitworth, Associate Dean  

Gary Whitworth is the associate dean for finance and administration at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is a member of the AAMC Principal Business Officer group and the Group on Business Affairs as well as the Medical Group Management Association.

School of Medicine Committees

  • Academic/Sabbatical Leave Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Continuing Medical Education Committee
  • Credentials Committee
  • Curriculum Management Committee
  • Curriculum Oversight Committee
  • Dean's Planning and Advisory Committee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Faculty Senate
  • Executive Committee of the Faculty
  • Graduate Medical Education Committee
  • Graduate Program Advisory Council
  • Research Planning Committee
  • Research Space Review Committee
  • Student Progress and Program Planning Committee

SLUCare Committees

  • Medical Education and Clinical Affairs
  • Joint Physician Advisory Group 
  • SLUCare Clinical Operations Committee 
  • SLUCare Clinical Chairs Committee 
  • SLUCare Compensation Committee 
  • SLUCare Executive Committee 
  • SLUCare Governing Board 
  • SLUCare Legal and Compliance Committee
  • SLUCare Marketing Committee
  • SLUCare Peer Review Committee
  • SLUCare Quality and Patient Safety Steering Committee