Dr. Churchill To Lead Medical School

Robert Churchill, MD, will serve as interim dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He is the school's chair and Gwilym S. Lodwick, MD, and Maria Antonia Lodwick Distinguished Professor in Radiology, and he previously led the medical school and health sciences center during his more than 20 years with MU.

Dr. Churchill will succeed William Crist, MD, who is leaving MU after eight years as dean to serve as vice president for health affairs at the University of Arizona. They will work together on the transition until Dr. Churchill assumes full responsibilities as interim dean on Oct. 16.

Dr. Churchill arrived at MU in 1987 as chair and professor of radiology. After three years as the medical school's vice dean, Dr. Churchill became interim dean in 1998. He also served as interim vice chancellor and chief executive officer for MU's health sciences center until 2000, when he returned to the department of radiology.

In addition to his experience leading the medical school and health sciences center, as department chair Dr. Churchill has recruited a full complement of radiologists, run a highly competent radiology training program and directed a powerful research program that now encompasses nano and molecular medicine. In 2005, he helped open Missouri Radiology Imaging Center, one of the most advanced resonance imaging facilities in the state. Before joining MU, Dr. Churchill served as vice chair of radiology at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill., where he completed medical school, residency and fellowship training. He also completed a fellowship at General Electric and served the company as an adviser.

As interim dean, Dr. Churchill will oversee the medical school's approximately 650 faculty members, 1,500 staff members, and 1,000 medical students, residents, fellows and other students completing advanced degrees. He also will be responsible for University Physicians, the practice plan for the medical school's more than 440 faculty physicians, and he will work closely with the medical school's 7,300 physician alumni.

Dr. Churchill is highly respected by his colleagues, and he is adept at both the academic and financial aspects of medicine. He also is fair-minded, forthright and collegial. I look forward to working closely with Dr. Churchill as we build on our progress in improving patient care, education and research. Please join me in congratulating him and offering him our full support.


Harold A. Williamson Jr., MD
Interim Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences