February 22, 2017

Northwestern University Hires New Executive Director, Health Service

For Immediate Release

Contact: Shannon L. McKay Vice President of Adkisson Search


Northwestern University Hires New Executive Director, Health Service

EVANSTON, IL (February 22, 2017) – Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois is pleased to name Robert D. Palinkas, M.D. as the new Executive Director of the Health Service. After concluding a nationwide executive search led by healthcare executive search firm Adkisson Search Consultants, Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS) has hired Dr. Palinkas, a skilled physician executive with 17 years in Student Health Services. Dr. Palinkas assumed his new duties on January 3, 2017.

Brian Druley, Director for Administration and Information Technology at Northwestern University Health Service shared “Adkisson Search was highly collaborative and effective in each phase of our executive search process. Their efforts and insight in the screening and evaluation of candidates assisted our search committee focus the review and facilitated our achieving consensus in the final stage of the search. In particular, we appreciated how attentive and responsive Adkisson Search was to our questions and their commitment to professionalism in representing our search.”

Formerly, Dr. Palinkas served as the Director at the University of Illinois, McKinley Health Center in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. In this role, he provided executive leadership for a large AAAHC accredited college health center, with 200 employees and 10 Graduate Assistants, and an annual operating budget of 20 million dollars. He was responsible for all aspects of the operation, including fiscal performance, personnel, quality, risk management, and marketing.

Dr. Palinkas obtained his Medical Doctorate at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey. He went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at New Jersey Medical School Affiliated Hospitals, Newark, New Jersey and then a one-year fellowship in Infectious Disease at New Jersey Medical School Hospitals, Newark, New Jersey.

NUHS was seeking a physician executive with corroborative experience leading student health services. The ideal candidate would be a forward thinker and have the vision to strategically develop and implement a long-term plan to cultivate the student health services department. Michelle S. Houchin, MSL, CMPE, President of Adkisson Search stated, “Dr. Palinkas exceeds NUHS search requirements, as well as sharing the visions and values of the University and illustrating his extraordinary leadership throughout his career. Adkisson Search is proud to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Palinkas and Northwestern University Health Service.”


About Northwestern University Health Service

Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS) is responsible for the assessment and monitoring of student health issues, the coordination of services with other campus and community organizations, and the development of programs to address the personal and public health issues of the campus community NUHS averages 30,000 outpatient visits per year and provides healthcare services to NU Students.

NUHS is a strong advocate in providing quality medical care to allow students and athletes to achieve their academic and intellectual potential. It is of up-most importance to influence healthy lifestyles and continually research trends relevant college healthcare.

For more information about Northwestern University Health Service, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/healthservice-evanston/index.html.

About Adkisson Search Consultants

Adkisson Search Consultants, a nationwide search firm based in Bloomington, IL., specializes in the recruitment of Executive, Physician, Advanced Practitioner and Allied Health Professionals. Their clientele expands across all hospital systems large and small, academic settings, and multi-specialty groups, from rural to metropolitan environments.

Adkisson Search Consultants focus is working closely with all clients to assist in obtaining the right candidate for their environment. Our years of experience have been indicative of our competence to successfully place candidates in the right culture. Our success has always been reflective of the relationships we foster, the transparency and communication we provide which develops into trusting relationships. Our motto is not only “Bringing The Right People Together” but also to never leave a client without filling the search. When you choose Adkisson Search Consultants, you are choosing the best the industry has to offer in Quality, Service, Reliability and Accountability, which means top-notch Executive, Physician, Advanced Practitioner and Allied Health Professionals for your healthcare system.

For more information, visit https://www.adkissonconsultants.com/ or call 866-311-0000.

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