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John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL

Founding Dean


MD, Southern Illinois University
Residency training, Southern Illinois University
Master of Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University
BS, Biological Psychology, University of Illinois

Board certification: American Board of Psychiatry

Career information

Dr. Tomkowiak came to WSU from the Chicago Medical School, where he served as dean, acting chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and professor of psychiatry. He was also president of the Rosalind Franklin University Health System and executive vice president for clinical affairs for the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He has also worked in administrative and faculty positions at New York Medical College, the Florida State University College of Medicine and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Selected publications

Carlson J, Abel M, Bridges D, Tomkowiak J. The influence of a diagnostic reminder system on student clinical reasoning during simulated case studies. Simulation in Healthcare. Published ahead of print, September 17, 2010.

Carlson J, Knott P, Tomkowiak J. Simulation based examinations in Physician Assistant Education. Journal of Physician Assistant Education. 2010; 21(2) 6-13.

Carlson J, Eulenberg B, Anzur T, Bridges D, Tomkowiak J. The influence of a clinical decision support system on diagnostic reasoning during simulated encounters. Simulation in Healthcare 2010;5(3):185-186.

Bridges D, Tomkowiak J. Allport’s Intergroup Contact Theory as a Theoretical Base for Impacting Student Attitudes in Interprofessional Education. Journal of Allied Health. Planned Publication date: Spring 2010.

Tomkowiak J. Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch. Editorial. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2010:24(1):4-5.

Bridges D, Abel M, Carlson J, Tomkowiak J. Service Learning in Interprofessional Education: A Case Study. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 2010;24(1):44-50.

Honors and Awards

  • 2008 – Inductee: Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Society Medicine
  • 2002 – Illinois FBI National Academy Associates Citizen of the Year Award
  • 2002 – American Psychiatric Association, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education Award Recipient
  • 2002 – Association for Academic Psychiatry, Junior Faculty Development Award Recipient
  • 2000 – U.S. Department of Justice, Award for Public Service

John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL
Founding Dean

Lisa Tyran
Dr. John Tomkowiak’s Assistant