​​​​​​George Kikano, MD​

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.

Linda Perkowski, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean of Faculty & Administration

Dr. Perkowski

Dr. Perkowski has more than 25 years experience in medical education, curriculum development and evaluation of institutional programs. She came to CMU from the University of Minnesota Medical School where she served as associate dean for curriculum and evaluation. A former Michigan resident, Dr. Perkowski received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin, master's degree from Texas A&M University, and doctorate in preventive medicine and community health from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In addition to several national medical education leadership roles, her academic efforts have focused on student assessment, program evaluation, faculty educator development and accreditation.​​

Edward E. McKee, Ph.D. ​
Senior Associate Dean of Research, Chair of Foundation Sciences

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.  ​​​