Jerry Kruse is professor of family and community medicine and professor of medical education of the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine. He is the Executive Associate Dean of SIU School of Medicine and CEO of SIU HealthCare, the SIU 361 member multispecialty group practice. From 1997 to 2013 he was chair of the SIU Department of Family & Community Medicine. He is past-president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In 2014, he was named to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine. In 2007 he was appointed to the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the multi-specialty advisory committee that reports to the U.S. Congress and Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was a chair of one of two writing groups for the COGME 20th Report: Advancing Primary Care. He served eight years on the Illinois State Board of Health. He earned his medical and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1979, 1975), followed by a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in academic family medicine and a master¹s degree in public health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine (1984). He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP), North American Primary Care Research Group, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Adams County Medical Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He was awarded the American Family Physician’s Walter H. Kemp award in 1989 and named IAFP’s Family Physician Teacher of the Year in 1991.