The Department of Family Medicine is housed on the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, fittingly in the Robert W. Long Hall. Long Hall, was the first building established at the Indiana University School of Medicine and is the oldest building in use on the IUPUI campus. Long Hall, functioned as a full-service hospital until the new Indiana University Hospital opened in 1974.
Dr. Long, the son of William Long, M.D., a pioneer Indiana physician, funded the building of this memorial hospital so that all Indiana residents, even if they could not afford services, could obtain expert medical and surgical service. In 1914, in his dedication speech to then Indiana Governor Ralston and the citizens of Indiana, Dr. Long says, “Surely our state is under as great obligation to those of her rural districts as to those who live in the cities.” Today, over 88 years later, that same thread is woven throughout the fabric of the Department of Family Medicine’s mission and vision.
Mission & Vision
The Department of Family Medicine promotes optimal health for individuals, families, and the global community. We provide continuing and comprehensive patient care and deliver excellence in family medicine through innovative medical education and practice-based health services research.
The vision of the Department of Family Medicine is to provide accessible, cost-effective health care to all individuals and families through national and international participation in medical education and research that make a significant difference in the lives of people.
The Department of Family Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine was established in the early 1970s. In 1971, A. Alan Fischer, M.D., a nationally known family physician, was given the opportunity to develop the School of Medicine's first Family Medicine Residency Program, and was appointed the first Director. The I.U. Department of Family Medicine was formally established in May 1974 with Dr. Fischer appointed as the first Chairman, a post he held for the next 14 years. During his tenure as Chair, Dr. Fischer hired five family physicians to serve as full time faculty, developed educational programs for the first two years of medical school, and recruited hundreds of practicing family physician preceptors across the state to teach a 4th year elective. Sadly, Dr. Fischer passed away in March 2007.
Deborah I. Allen, M.D., succeeded Dr. Fischer as Chair of the Department in 1989, becoming the first ever woman department chair at the I.U. School of Medicine. During Dr. Allen's 10 year term as Chair, she accomplished the following: recruited several new fellowship-trained faculty; developed the required 3rd year family medicine clerkship and a junior year lecture series, increased faculty participation in medical school leadership, relocated faculty clinical practices into the ambulatory care building adjacent to University Hospital, and assisted with the successful merger in 1995 between the Methodist and I.U. Family Medicine Residency Programs. Additionally, in collaboration with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Dr. Allen conceived of and launched the Otis R. Bowen Research Center.
Douglas B. McKeag, M.D., M.S., became the third Department Chair in 1999. Under Dr. McKeag's tenure, the Department of Family Medicine has expanded significantly – recruiting a cadre of new junior faculty members, opening new clinical practice sites, and developing new "niche" areas of strength. In July 2009, Dr. McKeag officially stepped down from the position of department chair and retired from the Department in 2011.
While serving as Interim Co-Chair with Mary E. Dankoski, Ph.D., Kevin B. Gebke, M.D., was officially named Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in April, 2011. In its current state, the Department has 23 full time faculty and 19 staff members, with endowed professorships totaling approximately $2.6 million to support four faculty members (One America Professorship, Dr. George W. Copeland fund, Otis R. Bowen Professorship, and the Lester D. Bibler Scholar). The department is organized into divisions that reflect our core missions of education, research, and patient care.