​​George Kikano, MD
Dean

Dr. Kikano

A renowned physician, educator and leader, George Kikano, M.D., became dean of the Central Michigan University College of Medicine on July 1, 2015. As dean of the CMU College of Medicine, Dr. Kikano is passionately committed to teaching and community outreach.

Previously, Dr. Kikano served as Director of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health and was the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor at Case Western Reserve University. The Weatherhead Institute serves as an inclusive home for several community-based  programs enhancing the well-being of underserved populations while influencing the course of medical education and health service research. He served as the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University from 2001 until January 2014. Under his leadership, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health was recognized as one of the best departments of Family Medicine nationally. Dr. Kikano also held several administrative position including the directorship of University Hospitals Home Care Services and the directorship of UH Connect. With over 20 years of clinical practice, Dr. Kikano has a vast array of experience in family medicine and a strong interest in community initiatives. 

Dr. Kikano attended the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at University Hospitals. He earned his CPE at the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Kikano has been involved in teaching future physicians at Case Western Reserve University since 1991. Dr Kikano is very active in organized professional associations and served as president of the Cleveland Academy of Family Physicians (2001-2003), president of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland/Northern Ohio Medical Association (2005-06), and was District 5 Director of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, as well as on the board of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (national chairs). Since 2002, he has been annually recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America; Area's Top Docs in Northern Ohio Live Magazine and Cleveland Magazine; and has received many teaching awards and honors.

Dr. Kikano has published numerous medical articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been an investigator on several federal grants focusing on education and research. Dr. Kikano is passionately committed to teaching and community outreach. He is the founder of the UH House Calls program which provides home visits and services for disadvantaged elderly in urban Cleveland neighborhoods. This program also serves as a unique teaching model for medical students and residents. Dr. Kikano has been able to secure millions of dollars from foundations and individuals in order to support this initiative.

Tina Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Thompson most recently served as the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Mercer University School of Medicine since 2012, and also served there as a professor of neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Christian University, and completed postdoctoral work at Brown University in Rhode Island and UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. A Michigan native, Dr. Thompson brings a wealth of leadership and academic experience to this position and is happy to have returned to her home state to further the CMU College of Medicine’s mission.


Edward E. McKee, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean of Research

Dr. McKee

Dr. McKee oversees research and research facilities for the CMU College of Medicine. He also leads the research efforts and has combined the efforts of faculty in Saginaw and Mount Pleasant. He joined CMU College of Medicine in 2011 as professor and chair of Foundational Sciences. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph. D. in physiology from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine. Following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Connecticut Health Science Center and the University of Colorado, he accepted a faculty position in biochemistry at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/The Chicago Medical School. He later was appointed associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend. McKee is active in the team-based learning community and has presented internationally and nationally on the subject. 

Rachel Brown, MD
Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Dr. Rachel BrownDr. Brown oversees the Office of Student Affairs, and is also the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Her role includes career and personal counseling, pipeline and recruitment programs, admissions, and wellness. She also contributes to the neuroscience curriculum. She most recently served as Associate Dean for Student Programs at the University of Missouri School of Medicine since 2006. She is well-recognized for her innovative and successful development of recruitment and pipeline programs based on a refined holistic review of applicants. Her team was awarded the Association of American Medical College’s award for best Career Advising Program at their national meeting in November 2016. Dr. Brown has a wealth of clinical experience as a psychiatrist, and particular expertise in providing clinical care to people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.



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