Russell Robertson Appointed Family Medicine Chair
Russell G. Robertson, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, effective October 10. He had been associate professor of family and community medicine and associate dean for faculty affairs at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Dr. Robertson earned a BA degree from Michigan State University and completed premed requirements at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In 1982 he earned his MD degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, followed by a family practice residency at the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Family Practice Residency. Dr. Robertson completed a fellowship in faculty development at the University of Missouri and has taken a number of management courses.
Dr. Robertson joined the Medical College of Wisconsin faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and was appointed associate professor in 1997. He has served in a number of administrative and hospital appointments in Milwaukee including chair of the Medical Ethics Committee at Columbia Hospital, director of graduate medical education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College, and director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Good Samaritan Medical Center.
Author of more than two dozen journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and educational materials, Dr. Robertson is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American College of Physician Executives, and National Association of Medical Communicators. He serves on the Council on Graduate Medical Education.
He succeeds Martin S. Lipsky, MD, who left Northwestern in June 2004 to become dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. Mitchell S. King, MD, associate professor of family medicine, has been serving as interim chair.