George Kikano, M.D.
George E. Kikano, M.D., became dean of the Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine in July 2015, and Vice President for Health Affairs in August 2018. He also serves as chairman of the board of CMU Medical Education Partners.
Dr. Kikano is passionately committed to teaching, community partnerships, access to care and the College’s mission – to prepare diverse, culturally competent physicians focused on improving access to high-quality health care in Michigan with an emphasis on serving medically underserved people and regions. His unique vision and approach to community-based medical education have led to the advancement of CMU’s innovative and integrated model.
As vice president for Health Affairs, Dr. Kikano is responsible for the unification of all CMU health-related programs, functions and clinical services. His role also includes aspects of regulatory compliance, reporting, quality, information security, and privacy.
Before joining CMU, Dr. Kikano was the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead professor at Case Western Reserve University. He served as the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) for over 12 years. 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 served as the Vice Dean for Community Health at CWRU and is the founding director of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health. Dr. Kikano’s extensive background includes several other leadership positions and executive experience with managed care, hospital management, and ambulatory operations.
Dr. Kikano received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is Board-certified in Family Medicine and earned Certified Physician Executive credentials at the American Association for Physician Leaders, formerly the American College of Physician Executives.
As a committed leader for Michigan and the region, Dr. Kikano works to drive progress on health issues and collaborative efforts across educational institutions, area corporations, community organizations, and state agencies. This includes board-level leadership roles for the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBR), the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA), Regional Health Economic development and THRIVE initiatives, and CMU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Community Health and Wellness.
As a practicing family physician and passionate advocate for care for the underserved, Dr. Kikano has led in the development of many innovative community initiatives. Dr. Kikano is currently a family physician for CMU Health in Mt. Pleasant Michigan and continues to care for patients at the Cleveland Clinic. Since 2002, he is recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America including more than 13 years as an Area’s Top Docs in Northern Ohio Live Magazine and Cleveland Magazine.
Among his many honors, Dr. Kikano received the Charles L. Hudson, M.D., Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio. He is a Fellow of The American College of Physician Executives. He received the Kenneth Reeb, M.D., Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Directors Award for Outstanding Achievement by University Hospitals of Cleveland Ohio. He was recognized as a Health Care Hero by Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Dr. Kikano served as a board member, president or chair for numerous areas, regional and national organizations. He has published more than 50 medical articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been an investigator on several federal grants focusing on education and research. Dr. Kikano also has been involved in international projects related to primary care sponsoring educational conferences in Lebanon, coordinating exchange programs in Ukraine, and most recently teaching and establishing major research initiatives in China.
Tina Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Thompson is the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at CMU College of Medicine, appointed in June of 2017. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Mercer University School of Medicine 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 provides a wealth of leadership and academic experience to the College of Medicine 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 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.
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