Christine Jacobs, M.D.
Interim Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean
Christine Jacobs, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., was appointed interim vice president of medical affairs and interim dean of the School of Medicine in August 2021 after serving as acting 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
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.
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., 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 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 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 is excited to be a member of the student affairs staff at the School of Medicine, having previously worked with undergraduates on the north campus at SLU.
James F. Duffy, S.J., M.D. is the associate dean for clinical curriculum. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in 1988 and his doctorate of medicine from Georgetown University in 1992. As an Health Professions Scholarship Program recipient, he completed Internship at Naval Hospital San Diego and then served as an Undersea Medical Officer onboard the USS Simon Lake (AS-33), a submarine tender homeported in La Maddalena, Italy. He completed his medical training in internal medicine at Georgetown University in 2000.
Fr. Dr. Duffy was ordained in 2006 and was first missioned to Georgetown University School of Medicine as the Associate Dean of Clinical Education from 2006-2016, before coming to Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2017.
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. Her clinical practice includes hospital, clinic and nursing home-based care for older adults.
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 Lisa 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.
Oleg Kisselev, Ph.D., is the associate dean for clinical research and a professor of ophthalmology and biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He oversees the Clinical Trials Office and serves as administrative chair of the Saint Louis University Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Dr. Kisselev received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Moscow State University and his postdoctoral training from Washington University in St. Louis in the Anesthesiology Division of Basic Research and later in the Center for Molecular Design. He joined SLU in 1999 to build a vibrant retina research program focusing on the mechanisms of phototransduction and retinal degenerative diseases. His lab has been funded by the NIH, private foundations, and private donor support.
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., is the associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development, director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program, 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, FHM, is the senior 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.
Adriana M. Montaño, Ph.D., is the interim senior associate 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 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.
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.
Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., ABPP, is an assistant dean of student affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She is also an associate 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., 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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