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Office of the Dean

Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green

Medicine is a meaningful, exciting, challenging and ever-evolving field. I have been blessed with being a physician for 40 years. During that time, I have had the opportunity to be involved in patient care, perform research in the field of thyroid and pregnancy and be a leader in health policy development.

It has been a privilege being the Regional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford for the last decade. I have worked continually to improve the health of our city. Most recently, our campus was the major testing site in Rockford for COVID-19, performing tests for over 67,000 citizens and running a PCR laboratory on campus that processed 440,000 specimens.

During this time, the medical school has worked tirelessly to be successful in all of our mission areas: medical education, patient care, clinical and basic science research, and community service. We have dedicated ourselves to creating a learning and working environment that is optimal for all members of our medical school community. One of our proudest accomplishments is the development of the Shingrix™ vaccine, which occurred on the Rockford campus and is utilized throughout the world to prevent the debilitating effects of shingles.

With a class size of only about 55 medical students, we provide an intimate environment of learning, in which students work closely with our full-time faculty, researchers and staff, and over 500 physicians community faculty. Our Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology Program trains the next generation of scientists and our Family Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to training much-needed primary care physicians. It is hard for me to imagine a more dynamic, stimulating and supportive environment in which to learn the science and art of becoming a physician or scientist. Welcome!


Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE, MHA
Regional Dean
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Education
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

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