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UT to name simulation center in honor of Lloyd Jacobs

The University of Toledo is renaming the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (IISC), a state-of-the-art medical education facility, in honor of its sixteenth president.

A program and reception formally announcing the naming of the Lloyd A. Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center will be 4 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Jacobs’ presidential portrait also will be unveiled at the event.


“The University of Toledo continues to push boundaries to better serve our students and the greater Toledo community, and to ensure our graduates are distinctive. The IISC is a fine example of UT’s commitment to innovation,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president. “Dr. Jacobs focused on making sure UT was relevant and on the forefront of innovation.”

The IISC opened in 2014 and is a three-story, 65,000-square-foot facility. The center includes the introduction of 3D and Virtual Immersive Environments to medical education. The IISC employs a “tri-center” concept, featuring a Virtual Immersive Reality Center on the first floor, an Advanced Clinical Simulation Center on the second floor and a Progressive Anatomy and Surgical Skills Center on the third floor.

“The IISC reflects today’s reality of medicine. Students in differing specialties are learning the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and senior vice president for clinical affairs. “Our graduates leave UT better equipped for their careers, due to the elevated amount of experience they receive from the IISC. They are more confident in their abilities, which leads to higher patient confidence and safety.”

Jacobs served as UT’s president from 2006-2014 and oversaw the merger between the Medical College of Ohio and UT.

As president, he championed access to higher education with tuition freezes in 2007 and 2008, leading the state of Ohio’s public institutions to do the same.

His tenure also included a $200 million investment in campus facilities, including the renovation of the Memorial Field House, and the successful completion of “The Time is Now” Capital Campaign, which raised more than $100 million.

Jacobs served as the sixth president of the Medical College of Ohio before the merger with UT.

“These 10 years have been among the best of my entire professional life,” Jacobs said.

Prior to coming to Toledo, Jacobs served as chief operating officer of the University of Michigan Health System and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School.
A native of Holland, Mich., Jacobs is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. A vascular surgeon, he completed surgery residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of California at San Diego Hospital and Wayne State University Hospital in Detroit.

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