March 10, 2022

Mark S. Cohen, M.D., selected as Carle Illinois College of Medicine dean

A professor of surgery and pharmacology at Michigan, his appointment takes effect May 16

Mark S. Cohen, M.D.

Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology Mark S. Cohen, M.D., will be the next dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and senior vice president and chief academic officer at Carle Health, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The appointment takes effect May 16.

In addition to his academic appointments at U-M, Cohen serves as director of the Medical School Pathway of Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, director of endocrine surgery research and innovation chief at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. He earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and a medical doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.

“Dr. Cohen brings a clear, compelling vision for a bold and ambitious future for Carle Illinois,” said Illinois Chancellor Robert J. Jones. “This is the first college of its kind in the world and it is already established itself as a home for innovators and pioneers. Our next dean embodies that same spirit and it is going to be exciting to watch this college advance in every phase of its mission under his leadership.”

“As a physician and engineer with deep experience in medical education, research and in particular his expertise developing and bringing to market medical advances, we believe Dr. Cohen will lead Carle Illinois toward its increasingly bright future,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and chief executive officer, Carle Health. “His work at Carle Illinois will result in care delivery innovations for patients in Illinois and beyond.”