Chancellor Message 10/16/11

Message to Campus
Garcia membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies

As a member of the Institute of Medicine, and having served on the membership committee and now the Sarnat Prize committee, I am delighted to announce the election of Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia, MD, vice president for health affairs at the University of Illinois and UIC vice chancellor for research, to membership of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. His election to the class of 2011 was announced today at the IOM's annual meeting in Arlington, VA.

Each year up to 65 new members are elected to the Institute of Medicine based on their distinguished professional achievement in medicine and health and their demonstrated and continued involvement with the issues of healthcare, prevention of disease, education, or research. It is one of the highest honors in the field of medicine.

Dr. Garcia's election to the IOM is confirmation of our belief that he is an extraordinary leader who sees what healthcare can be in the 21st century and has begun to build the infrastructure for that vision here at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System.

He is a world-class researcher and physician with a vision for the future of healthcare where research-driven insights into disease are translated into the delivery of better healthcare, particularly to those who currently experience significant healthcare disparities. As a member of the IOM, Dr. Garcia will bring his dedication and experience to bear on a national stage serving as an advisor on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine, and health.

Dr. Garcia's election to the IOM will energize the UIC National Academies Committee, which I recently established for identifying, promoting and facilitating election of our outstanding faculty to the national academies.

Dr. Garcia joined our faculty in February 2010 as vice chancellor for research and as the Earl M. Bane Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering. He was named vice president for health affairs in February 2011.

Dr. Garcia is an internationally acclaimed physician-scientist and innovator in the genetics, prevention, and treatment of inflammatory lung disease and pulmonary edema with 370 peer-reviewed publications. He is widely recognized as a leading NIH-funded scientist with a boundary-crossing approach to both science and medicine. Through his accomplishments at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago and UIC, Dr. Garcia has achieved substantial national recognition for his depth of leadership in building academic programs, for implementing innovative strategies that have increased the number of nascent physician-scientists, and for advancing diversity within the biomedical research workforce.

Under his leadership as vice chancellor for research, our sponsored research portfolio has realized significant growth. The Research Resources Center was able to obtain $6.8 million in federal funding to increase its equipment inventory. The Institute for Human Genetics, The Institute for Health Informatics and The Institute for Minority Health Research, all programs specifically designed to improve the medical management of human disease, were launched during his tenure at UIC. In addition, an aggressive Biospecimen Banking initiative for the large-scale acquisition of biospecimens for research use was initiated to serve as an institutional resource for accelerating the delivery of personalized medicine to patients cared for across the Hospital and Health Sciences System.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Garcia on this latest honor.

Paula Allen-Meares
Vice President of the University of Illinois
Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago
John Corbally Presidential Professor