Jean and Renée Robillard Medical Scholarship
This scholarship was established through the University of Iowa Foundation in 2003 with a generous gift from Jean and Renée Robillard. Natives of Montréal, Canada, Jean and Renée Robillard both earned bachelor’s degrees (he in liberal arts, she in social work) from the University of Montréal. Renée went on to pursue a career in social work serving individuals who suffered from drug and alcohol dependency, while Jean pursued a career in medicine. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Montréal, Jean completed pediatric nephrology fellowships at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC).
In 1974, the Robillards moved to Iowa City with their three children when Jean joined the faculty of The University of Iowa. In 1987, after serving as the director of the Pediatric Nephrology Division and an integral member of the UIHC transplant team, Jean was appointed vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics. While in Iowa, Renée’s career path shifted to a focus on early childhood education. After raising her children at home, she went on to establish Little Shadow Montessori School, which she ran for 15 years.
In 1996, Jean became chair and professor of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School and physician-in-chief at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital. After seven years in Michigan, the Robillards returned to Iowa City in 2003 when Jean was named dean of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. In January 2007, Jean was named vice president for medical affairs for The University of Iowa in addition to filling his role as dean of the Carver College of Medicine. In this capacity, he oversees the University’s largest organization, UI Health Care, which comprises University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; the Carver College of Medicine; and UI Physicians, the state’s largest multi-specialty physician group practice.
With their shared passion for education and a desire to help deserving medical students pursue their dreams of becoming physicians, the Robillard’s decision to establish a scholarship fund in the Carver College of Medicine was an easy one. “There is no more rewarding investment,” Jean says, “than in the future of talented young people who want to serve others by advancing science and medicine.”
In their spare time, Jean and Renée enjoy traveling, patronizing the fine arts, and spending quality time with their family, which now includes six grandchildren.
Congratulations on receiving the Jean and Renée Robillard Medical Scholarship