Our Leadership

Jeffrey Quinlan, portraitI am glad that you are considering advanced training in family medicine to become the best family physician possible. Our department is one where education, clinical care, and research are each a valued service, delivered in the context of teams that strive for greatness. Come explore the fields of opportunity that we call Iowa.

Family Medicine has a great tradition of excellence and a bright future in Iowa. Perhaps you know of us by our Family Medicine Handbook–a vital text for family medicine residents. We have award winning students and student programs. Or perhaps you have read some of the important research produced by our faculty and students.

University of Iowa is home to the acclaimed Writer's Workshop where future writers hone their craft. Iowa City is a beautiful town embracing the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa is the home of a great "State Fair," River City, and a "Field of Dreams." Most importantly, we are the home of a people who value education, humanity, and improving the world.

The Department of Family Medicine is a leader within the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Our faculty sit on and head important committees, partner with other departments in research, and actively teach medical students at all years of training. We deliver outstanding clinical care along with award-winning teaching. Education is central to all that we do.

Our residency programs are highly focused on training knowledgeable, competent, caring, and compassionate family physicians who will become leaders for the discipline and society. We practice in the Family Care Center, a patient-centered facility with superb staff that offers efficient and compassionate care through integrated teams. Our curricula are experience based and allow learners the vital opportunities to achieve success with patients, their families, and with the organizations in society that can help individuals and groups effect change.

Likewise, our fellowship programs build leaders. Clinical leadership requires the ability to manage interdisciplinary teams and our geriatrics program focuses not only on geriatrics, but on lifelong skills that facilitate improved organization in the delivery of care to the elderly. We offer an academic fellowship program that focuses on developing skills to support research, scholarship and medical education. We also offer a primary care sports medicine fellowship in collaboration with the University of Iowa Sports Medicine Clinic.

Research is an important part of our department, and we take seriously our responsibility to create new knowledge that helps our patients and the discipline. The goal of our research is to improve clinical care, medical education, and the delivery of health services to a rural state.

These are exciting times for the discipline of family medicine and the Department of Family Medicine. Read on and let us tell you more about us.

Jeffrey D. Quinlan, MD, FAAFP | Chair & DEO
Donald J. and Anna M. Ottilie Chair in the Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

About the Chair and Department Executive Officer

Dr. Jeffrey D. Quinlan is the Chair and Department Executive Officer for the Department of Family Medicine.

He earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Quinlan completed Family Medicine training at Naval Hospital Charleston, S.C. and at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., and subsequently, completed a Maternity Care Fellowship at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.

He has a solid foundation and interest in Graduate Medical Education having served as faculty (8 years) and Program Director (4 years) of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program. Additionally, he served as adjust faculty at the National Capital Consortium's Family Medicine Residency Program, the Department of Defense's only tri-service residency program. Dr. Quinlan completed his military career at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD., where he has served as the Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine, Interim Chair of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, and Professor and Chair, Department of Family.

Dr. Quinlan's professional memberships include the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He has served as a member of the AAFP's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, an Associate Editor of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program, and a Deputy Editor for the Family Physician Inquiries Network.