George Kikano, MD

Dr. George Kikano was the founding director of the Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, medical director for Home Care Services with University Hospitals in Cleveland and a professor of medicine at Case Western when he agreed to be dean of the CMU College of Medicine earlier this year. He said CMU’s allegiance to the mission to provide quality health care in underserved areas at CMU College of Medicine resonated with him and resulted in leaving Case Western Reserve University after 28 years. Dr. Kikano continues to practice as a physician and made Cleveland Magazine’s “Top Docs” list every year since 2002 and has been on the “Best Doctors in America” list every year since 2003. He secured millions of dollars in grants for education and faculty development while at Case Western Reserve University, earned his medical degree in 1986 from American University in Lebanon. He started at Case Western Reserve University in 1987 as a research fellow and performed his family medicine residency with University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Kikano is passionately committed to teaching and community outreach. He was 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.

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

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.

Joel H. La​nphear, Ph.D.
Interim ​Senior Ass​ociate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Lanphear is an expert in developing partnerships for community engagement in distributed medical education programs and has helped shape medical education programs worldwide. He comes to CMU from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and brings management and teaching experience from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences in Tempe, Ariz., University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and United Arab Emirates University. Dr. Lanphear received an undergraduate degree from Western Washington State University, master's from the University of Hawaii and doctorate from Michigan State University.

Edward E. McKee
Interim Senior Associate Dean of Research

Dr. McKee oversees faculty affairs, technology, marketing, development, facilities and administration 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. ​