Sara L. Rusch, MD, MACP

Regional Dean
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Sara L. Rusch was appointed Regional Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria in January 2008, becoming the college’s seventh regional dean since 1970.

A Wisconsin native, Dr. Rusch received her BA and medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. After medical school, she came to Peoria in 1978 for residency training in internal medicine at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Dr. Rusch practiced general internal medicine in a private practice group from 1981-2001 and as a hospitalist from 2001-2008. She served as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the College of Medicine from 1995-2008, and held the same position for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center from 1993-2008.

During Dr. Rusch’s tenure as Regional Dean, the College of Medicine has grown substantially its medical education, training and research programs. This includes the $13 million expansion of the Cancer Research Center; dramatically increasing the number of physician residents and fellows training in Peoria; new physician training programs in psychiatry, cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonary critical care, simulation, and hospice and palliative medicine; creation of the Center for Outcomes Research; collaboration with OSF HealthCare in the creation of the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center; construction of a new anatomy lab and classrooms; and the recent transition to a four-year medical school.

She has served as Governor for the Illinois downstate chapter of the largest medical specialty organization in the U.S. – the American College of Physicians – and is recognized as an academic leader, physician mentor, and skilled educator and clinician.

Dr. Rusch is married to Dr. Thomas Cusack, Professor of Radiology at UICOMP. She is mother to seven children and grandmother to eleven.

Dr. Rusch