Kevin Behrns, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
VP for Medical Affairs
Saint Louis University
Dr. Behrns joins SLU School of Medicine with more than 20 years of experience as a highly accomplished educator, researcher, physician and administrator. He's currently the chair of the department of surgery at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. He also serves as the Edward R. Woodward Professor of Surgery.
In his new leadership role, Dr. Behrns will oversee the educational, research, clinical and service activities of SLU's nationally ranked School of Medicine. The CEO of SLUCare, the University's physician practice, will report to Behrns, who will also serve as a key liaison with SSM Health, which owns and operates SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Dr. Behrns will report directly to SLU's president and will be a member of his cabinet.
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Robert M. Heaney, M.D, is Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs . He 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.
L. James Willmore, M.D.
L. James Willmore, MD is Associate Dean of Admissions, Student Affairs and Continuing Medical Education and Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology and Physiology. He received his Doctor of Medicine with honors from 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, the Physicians of Saint Louis University and is recognized by the Best Doctors in America.
Paul J. Hauptman, M.D.
Paul J. Hauptman, M.D. is Professor of Internal Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical-Translational Research at Saint Louis University and Director of Heart Failure at Saint Louis University Hospital. A graduate of Cornell University Medical College, he completed internal medicine training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Mount Sinai Hospital. His clinical and research focus is heart failure. He has received research grants from the American Heart Association and National Institutes of Health; serves as an associate editor of Circulation: Heart Failure and has published over 100 original papers, editorials and book chapters.
Chad S. Miller, M.D., M.Ed.
Dr. Miller 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.
Angela M. Sharkey, M.D.
Angela M. Sharkey, MD is Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Development and Professor of Pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, trained in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and in Pediatric Cardiology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Sharkey’s clinical interests are Marfan syndrome and the care of children with complex heart disease. Dr. Sharkey is a member of SLUCare, the Physicians of Saint Louis University and sees patients at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and St.Luke’s. She has been recognized by the Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Cardiologists. Dr. Sharkey’s academic career has focused on medical education and faculty development. She is an active member of the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young committee of mentoring, the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science steering committee, and the Pediatric Heart Network research program on Marfan syndrome. Dr. Sharkey’s expertise includes peer group mentoring, career advancement in academic medicine, the art of communication, and team function in academic health centers.
Finance and Administration
Gary Whitworth is the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. 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.
Julie K. Gammack, M.D.
Julie K. Gammack, MD is an Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics Medicine. She 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 the 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.
Michael T. Railey, M.D.
Dr. Michael Railey is a native of Saint Louis and a graduate of 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 and is the Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Director, Planning and Operations
Denise Johnson is the Director of Planning and Operations. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications from Saint Louis University. She is a member of the AAMC Group on Institutional Planning (GIP), serves on the GIP Steering Committee and the GIP Data and Information Committee.
Joel C. Eissenberg, Ph.D.
Joel C. Eissenberg, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and of Pediatrics. 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 Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1987. His research concerns mechanisms of gene transcriptional regulation.
Gregory S. Smith, Ph.D.
Dr. Smith 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 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, First and Second Year Medical Student Electives, Director, Medical Student Career Advising and Director, 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.
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