Administrative Leadership

Jerry Kruse, MD

Jerry Kruse, MD
Dean and Provost SIU School of Medicine
Chief Executive Officer of SIU Medicine

Dr. Kruse is responsible for all clinical and clinically related academic issue and planning. Prior to his appointment in 2013, he served as professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 1997. He is past-president of the Society of Teachers 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 Kathleen Sebelius.

Dr. Kruse joined SIU in 1984 as an assistant professor and assistant director of the Quincy Family & Community Medicine program. He completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in academic family medicine as well as a master’s degree in public health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine (1984), where he also completed his three-year residency in family medicine (1982). He earned his medical and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1979, 1975).

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 named IAFP’s Family Physician Teacher of the Year in 1991.

Harald Lausen, DO, MA

Harald Lausen, DO, MA
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs & Population Health, SIU School of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer & Chief Medical Informatics Officer, SIU Medicine

Dr. Lausen is responsible for duties related to organizational transformation and strategic planning, clinical operations and effectiveness, quality & performance improvement, risk prevention & patient safety, clinical informatics & analytics, population health management & integration, credentialing & provider relations, telehealth, and APRN & PA services. He joined SIU in 2007 and has been Chief Medical Officer of SIU Medicine since August 2014. Dr. Lausen is a Professor of Family & Community Medicine where he previously served as Assistant Chair and Director of Quality Initiatives and Medical Education for the Department.  

Dr. Lausen is a Springfield native who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield, medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and residency training at the SIU Center for Family Medicine in Springfield. He is a Certified Physician Executive through the American Association for Physician Leadership and a Certified Medical Practice Executive through the Medical Group Management Association.

Dr. Lausen is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), American Academy of Family Physicians, Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) and the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators. He has served as President of the AODME, Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society, and the Illinois Society of the ACOFP. He currently serves as a member of the Review Committee for Family Medicine at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and as Chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Education for the American Osteopathic Association.

Nelson Weichold, MHA

Nelson Weichold, MHA
Chief Operating and Financial Officer, SIU Medicine

Mr. Weichold is responsible for the operational and financial administration of SIU Medicine.  He joined SIU Medicine in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining SIU Medicine, Mr. Weichold was the Chief Financial Officer at the University of Miami Medical Center for eight years. He has held administrative positions with the University of Alabama Hospital System, Hermann Hospital (Houston), HCA Hospital Corporation (Dallas), and Tulane University Medical Center (New Orleans) and worked as a consultant with ECG Management Consultants (Seattle).  Mr. Weichold earned his master’s degree in healthcare finance from Tulane University and his bachelor’s degree in business administration magna cum laude from Miami University.

Leslie Clemmer, MCIS, CPA

Leslie Clemmer  MCIS, CPA
Chief Information Officer, SIU Medicine

As the executive director of information technology, Les oversees the unified SIU School of Medicine and SIU Medicine information technology departments and provides strategic guidance to develop and implement technology infrastructure, voice communications and all clinical, business, education and research data service initiatives.

Previously, Clemmer was chief information officer and executive director of rural health for Quincy Medical Group. There he led the electronic medical record implementation, IT operations, rural clinical operations, records, release and transcription departments. He also served as senior manager responsible for IT at McGladrey, a tax and consulting firm in Peoria. (1993-2005).

Clemmer is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a master’s degree in computer information systems and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, both from Bradley University in Peoria.