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Christine Jacobs, M.D.

Christine Jacobs, M.D.

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean

Christine Jacobs, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., was appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in February 2022 after serving as interim dean of the School of Medicine since February 2021. Previously, she was professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. As VPMA and dean, Dr. Jacobs leads the clinical, academic, and research areas of the School of Medicine. She chairs the SLUCare Governing Board and sits on the Board of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network. She co-chairs the Research Growth Steering Committee of the School of Medicine and the Applied Health Research Council.

Dr. Jacobs is deeply committed to excellence in clinical practice, health equity, medical education and the rigor of scientific inquiry. She has 30 years of experience in clinical practice, academic medicine, training medical students and residents, and has been the principal investigator of over $3.5 million in federal, state and foundation grants.

Dr. Jacobs graduated from the University of California Davis, then Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and completed family medicine residency at Brown University. During medical school, she worked in Appalachia and in a bush clinic in Senegal. She practiced family medicine in a rural federally qualified health center, spent 19 years as faculty at Rush University and the University of Illinois in Chicago, and joined Saint Louis University in 2008. In 2011 she founded the Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency in St. Louis. The residency has become nationally known for its curriculum in underserved community-focused health care and in 2017 received the Focus St. Louis Award for Improving Racial Equality and Social Justice in the St. Louis region.

Dr. Jacobs’ scholarship is in medical education, clinical medicine, and the integration of behavioral and physical health. She is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics, and among other honors, was named as a St. Louis Best Doctor in Geriatrics multiple years.

Dr. Jacobs succeeds Robert Wilmott, M.D., who served with distinction as vice president of medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine from 2018 through 2021.

Additional School of Medicine Leadership

Daniel Blash, Ph.D., Vice Dean
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Dr. Daniel Blash is the Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Saint Louis University's School of Medicine. He also serves as an adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry. Before joining Saint Louis University, Dr. Blash served as the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University's School of Medicine.

Dr. Blash holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, a master's degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy. In addition, he is a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army.

A long-time St. Louis resident, Dr. Blash is an experienced educator with a proven track record of advocacy in diversity and inclusion. He has worked as a counseling professor for nearly two decades before his current position. His doctoral research focused on the role of religion and spirituality among underrepresented minorities in the academic environment.

Tammy Burton, Senior Associate Dean

Tammy Burton is the Associate Dean of Finance and Administration at Saint Louis University. She serves as the financial leader for SLUCare operations, the School of Medicine, and the Center for Advanced Dental Education (CADE), including research and academic financial oversight.

Tammy is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Saint Louis University with a dual degree in management information systems and accounting. Tammy joined Saint Louis University in the spring of 2019 after 22+ years as a managing director with PwC leading client organizations in audit, technical accounting, compliance, risk mitigation, and finance process optimization. Tammy has served as a lead presenter and educator for various organizations, including PwC, IAA, FEI, and other regional/national financial organizations. Tammy is a member of the AICPA and MoCPA.

Tina Chen, M.D., Assistant Dean
Tina Chen, M.D.

Tina Chen was appointed assistant dean of simulation in June 2018. In this role, she works to integrate evidence-based, hands-on simulation education into medical student curriculum. She is also an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine, where she serves as the director of simulation for the Saint Louis University emergency medicine residency.

Dr. Chen attended medical school at Washington University in Saint Louis. She graduated from the University of Connecticut Integrated Residency in Emergency Medicine, then completed a fellowship in medical simulation at the Center of Education, Simulation, and Innovation at Hartford Hospital.

During her time at Saint Louis University, Tina has been the recipient of a Best Teaching Award from the emergency medicine residency in 2018, as well as the Caring Physician Award in 2018. Her simulation interests include interprofessional education, assessment, and simulation-based mastery learning.

Hiral Choksi, M.D., Associate Dean
Hiral Choksi, M.D.

Hiral Choksi, M.D., FACP, SFHM is the associate dean of admissions for the School of Medicine as well as an associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Choksi received her doctor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her Internal Medicine training along with a chief resident year at Saint Louis University. 

Dr. Choksi was a practicing Hospitalist in Chicago for many years prior to returning as faculty at Saint Louis University. She served as the inaugural Section Chief of Hospital Medicine and led the growth of the program along with serving in a variety of educational roles. 

Stephanie Decker, Chief of Staff
Stephanie Decker

Stephanie Decker is chief of staff to the Dean and Vice President of Medical Affairs of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, her law degree from Emory University School of Law, and a Masters of Law in International Business Law from the National University of Singapore.

Tyler A. De Shon, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Tyler A. DeShon, Ph.D., Assistant Dean

Tyler De Shon, Ph.D., is the assistant dean of student affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his masters in student affairs from the University of Iowa, and his doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

Dr. De Shon works with Undergraduate Medical Students to support them as they pursue their degree and discern a specialty with which their gifts and passion allows them to live a life of fulfillment and joy, and excellent, compassionate care of patients.  Dr. De Shon has previously worked in student conduct on the north campus, as well as several other roles within university-wide student affairs.

Gabriela Espinoza, M.D., Assistant Dean
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Gabriela M. Espinoza, M.D., is the assistant dean for educational programming in the office of graduate medical education and professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Espinoza is a graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and trained in ophthalmology at Washington University in Saint Louis. She specializes in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and served as the ophthalmology program director at Saint Louis University for over a decade before her current position.

Julie K. Gammack, M.D., Senior Associate Dean
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Julie K. Gammack, M.D. C.M.D., F.A.C.P,  is the senior associate dean for graduate medical education and 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. Her clinical practice includes hospital, clinic and nursing home-based care for older adults.

Ghazala Hayat, M.D., Director
Ghazala Hayat, M.D., Director

Ghazala Hayat, M.D., is the director of Continuous Quality Improvement at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is also a professor of neurology, director of neuromuscular & clinical neurophysiology services, and directs the multidisciplinary ALS clinic. 

Dr. Hayat received her medical degree from King Edward Medical College, Pakistan. She completed a residency in neurology and fellowship in neuromuscular disorders & electrodiagnosis at VCU, Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association.

Lisa Israel, M.Ed., Director
Lisa Israel, M.Ed.

Lisa Israel, M.Ed., is the director for the Office of Professional Oversight and obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her master’s degree in higher education administration from Loyola University Chicago. She has served Saint Louis University since 2009 in varied capacities involving leadership, student success and retention.

In her role as director, she assists all members of the School of Medicine with issues related to unprofessionalism and/or mistreatment as it relates to the learning environment. Her specialties include conflict mediation, coaching, and seeking resolutions. In addition, she serves as the ombudsman for members of the School of Medicine learning environment.

Katherine Mathews, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Associate Dean
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Dr. Katherine Mathews is the Associate Dean of Health Systems Science for Undergraduate Medical Education, Professor and Research Division Director within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health, and Director of Education for the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics.  She teaches Leadership in the Business of Medicine and oversees several electives within the pre-clerkship curriculum. She partners with Dr. Jane Tucker in the School of Medicine's Office of Community Engagement to bring high quality health and wellness services to underserved populations in the region.  Finally, she provides prenatal and postpartum care to low-income people with anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric issues.

Marilyn Maxwell, M.D., Assistant Dean
Marilyn Maxwell, M.D.

Marilyn Maxwell, M.D., is the assistant dean of admissions for the School of Medicine as well as professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Maxwell received her doctor of medicine from St. Louis University School of Medicine, where she also completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics.

Dr. Maxwell continues to practice both specialties (Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of General Academic Pediatrics) and has served in a variety of educational roles with medical students and residents.

Jane McHowat, Ph.D., Associate Dean
Jane McHowat, Ph.D.

Jane McHowat, Ph.D., is the associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor of pathology at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. McHowat has a degree in pharmacy from De Montfort University and doctorate of philosophy in pharmacology from Bath University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiology at Washington University St. Louis before joining the pathology faculty at Saint Louis University. Her research interests focus on endothelial and epithelial cell biology with an emphasis on lipid metabolism in sepsis and cigarette smoking-related diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

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

Chad S. Miller, M.D., FACP, SFHM, is the senior associate dean of undergraduate medical education. He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics & biochemistry from Yale University in 1999 and his doctorate of medicine from Tulane University in 2004. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Tulane University in 2007.  Dr. Miller then served as associate program director for the internal medicine residency program and internal medicine clerkship director until 2015 when he came to Saint Louis University School of Medicine.    

Dr. Miller started at SLU SOM as division director of general internal medicine and vice-chair of education for the department of internal medicine.  In 2017, he stepped into the dean’s office and eventually assumed his current administrative role. 

Dr. Miller is a hospitalist and does his clinical work at Saint Louis University Hospital.  His academic interests include medical education, clinical reasoning, and high-value care. 

Adriana M. Montaño, Ph.D., Vice Dean for Research
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Adriana M. Montaño, Ph.D., is the Vice Dean for Research and a professor of Pediatrics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Dr. Montaño received a B.S. from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and her Ph.D. from Gifu University in Japan. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at The Graduate University for Advanced Studies – Sokendai, and served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Kobe Pharmaceutical University (Japan). Additionally, she earned an M.Sc. in Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Investigation from Saint Louis University.

Lynda Morrison, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Lynda Morrison, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Lynda Morrison completed her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College, doctorate at Washington University, and two post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on herpes simplex virus pathogenesis, vaccine and antiviral drug development, yielding nearly 80 peer-reviewed papers. She has taught in and directed courses in the graduate program and the medical school and earned a certificate in University Teaching Skills. She is currently assistant dean of pre-clinical curriculum and a course director for immunology, pharmacology and therapeutics, while continuing her research with colleagues across SLU and beyond.

Debra L. Schindler, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Debra L. Schindler, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Debra Schindler, Ph.D., has been working in the Office of Curricular Affairs at the School of Medicine since 2002. She is currently the assistant dean for program evaluation and assessment, and has a faculty appointment in the department of pediatrics. Dr. Schindler holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University, a master of arts and doctorate in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, and an M.S.Ed. instructional technology from Southern Illinois University.

Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., Assistant Dean
Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., Assistant Dean

Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., ABPP, is an assistant dean of student affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is also a professor of psychiatry and neurology. She is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist. She is the director of the division of health psychology and neuropsychology program director at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Schwarz earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University. She completed her internship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Schwarz’s clinical interests are in the provision of neuropsychological services to adults with a diverse range of presenting concerns. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Schwarz is also involved in the education of residents, fellows, and clinical psychology graduate students. She has a wide variety of research interests including cognitive functioning in patient with mild cognitive impairment.

Jamie S. Sutherell, M.D., M.Ed., Associate Dean
Jaime S. Sutherll, M.D., M.E., Associate Dean

Jamie S. Sutherell, M.D., M.Ed., is the associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of pediatrics in the division of cardiology. He graduated from Malone College (Canton, OH) in 1998 and the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo in 2002 before completing his residency training in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis. After a year as a chief resident, he completed his fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He joined the faculty at SLUSOM in 2009 and completed a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati in 2015.

Dr. Sutherell has served in a variety of education roles at SLUSOM, including the director of medical student education in pediatrics and as the pediatric cardiology fellowship director before moving to the office of student affairs. He has received numerous teaching awards in his educational roles at SLUSOM.

Katrina Wade, M.D., Assistant Dean
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Katrina Wade, M.D., is an assistant dean of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is a professor of Surgery, associate professor of pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in emergency medicine and general pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She was board certified in emergency medicine and general pediatrics.

She currently practices as a part-time faculty member of the Emergency Medicine Division in the Department of Surgery. She continues to serve in a variety of educational, leadership, and mentorship roles throughout the School of Medicine and University with a focus on student and resident education and support.

Barbara Whitman, Ph.D. Assistant Dean
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After spending a decade in the clinical lab as a degreed Medical Technologist, Dr. Whitman returned to school to obtain an M.S.W. and a PhD., followed by an NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology while concurrently obtaining a certificate in marriage and family therapy from the Menninger Institute. Dr. Whitman joined the School of Medicine Faculty in 1981 as a founding member of the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center, specializing in children with cognitive and learning differences. An early patient with Prader-Willi syndrome sparked a career long interest in the syndrome and has resulted in a 40-year long-term research program, multiple peer-reviewed publications, and most recently with her two co-editors, the release of the volume “Management of Prader-Willi syndrome: Fourth edition” published by Springer Publications. Throughout her career at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr Whitman has had a passion for education across the medical education spectrum – education of patients and families, medical students, Graduate Medical Education, mentoring young faculty as well as ongoing faculty development. Dr. Whitman is a member of both the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Boards of the national Prader-Willi syndrome Association (PWSA | USA); and a member of the Clinical advisory Board of the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR). 

School of Medicine Committees

  • Academic/Sabbatical Leave Committee
  • Admissions Committee
  • Continuing Medical Education Committee
  • Continuous Quality Improvement Committee
  • Credentials Committee
  • Curriculum 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
  • Learning Environment Committee
  • Research Planning Committee
  • Research Space Review Committee
  • Student Progress Committee
  • Professionalism Honor Board

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