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Kathleen Kelly MD

Kelly Joins College of Medicine Rockford Leadership Team

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford announces the appointment of Kathleen M. Kelly, MD, FACP, as assistant dean for graduate medical education. She’s been a clinical assistant professor of medicine for the college since 1994 and started her new role August 14.

Kelly will have administrative oversight over educational programs offered to medical school graduates, including the Family Medicine Residency Program, which has training tracks in Rockford and Dixon, Ill., as well as in Monroe, Wis. She will also oversee current fellowship programs, which include the Urgent Care Fellowship Program, the Academic Development Fellowship Program and a new Palliative Care Fellowship Program, as well as lead the development of any future residency tracks or programs as well as new fellowship programs.

Kelly, of Loves Park, Ill., was SwedishAmerican Health System’s chief clinical integration officer until her retirement in 2016. Before that, she also served as chief medical officer and chief quality officer for SwedishAmerican, among other roles, including a practicing internal medicine physician at Woodside Clinic and medical director of SwedishAmerican’s Benchmark Health Insurance Co.

A native of upstate New York, Kelly earned her medical degree and completed an internship in internal medicine at Albany Medical College and then completed her residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She is board-certified in internal medicine and integrative holistic medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She also earned the Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management designation.

She’s active in the community, currently serving on the SwedishAmerican Health System Board, Transform Rockford’s Healthy Living Spoke Team, Rockford Health Council Board, Rock River YMCA Board of Directors and other community initiatives. She received the Spirit of Caring Award from Crusader Community Health in 2015.

Reach Dr. Kelly in Room S200D at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, call (815) 395-5753 or email