Ryan Finkenbine, MDChair and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Dr. Ryan Finkenbine was raised in Small Town, Indiana, where he learned the value of a good education. He attended Wittenberg University and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in philosophy and chemistry. He spent his junior year abroad at Lancaster University, England, where he studied very little, but learned a great deal about rugby, craft beer, and life, and eventually developed an interest in medicine. He earned an MD from Indiana University School of Medicine before traveling to Charleston to complete a psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was twice honored as the resident of the year and was named Chief Resident in his final year of training. He completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine before joining the faculty at West Virginia University where he founded a forensic fellowship. The fellowship was nationally recognized by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law award and Dr. Finkenbine was named “Best Teacher” five times.
In 2009, Dr. Finkenbine hauled his growing family to the Midwest and joined the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) as the Chair of the Psychiatry Department. He and his colleagues began an ACGME-accredited residency program in 2011 with the principle that psychiatry can be taught in a welcoming and comfortable learning environment while maintaining high expectations for responsibility and personal growth of trainees. Since then, the department and program have continued to thrive.
In addition to administrative responsibilities as Chair and Program Director, Dr. Finkenbine is actively involved in medical student and resident teaching. He also heads the department’s Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Center. Beyond his immeasurable dedication and service to the department and college, he has served as the President of the Illinois Psychiatric Society. Dr. Finkenbine is very proud to be a part of the UICOMP team.