IP Institute Team


Douglas Reifler, MD, Associate Vice President and Director

Dr. Reifler is a primary care general internist with academic interests in medical humanities, professional acculturation, and the interface between mental health and primary care. He completed a residency in primary care internal medicine, fellowship in general internal medicine, and then worked on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, for a total of 22 years before joining Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2011. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Student Affairs of Chicago Medical School. 


William Gordon, DMin, Associate Director

Bill is a faculty member in the Interprofessional Healthcare Studies department at RFUMS.  His doctoral dissertation engaged a catechetical model to focus on patriarchal structure as a cultural organizer, and he is recognized for his work in interdependent leadership as an alternative to hierarchy.  He has an extensive history in community/organizational development and communication, working in both the for-profit and non-profit venues.  Dr. Gordon is also an author, independent consultant and trainer in these fields. Dr. Gordon joined the University in 2012 and the Institute in 2013.


Robert Swanson, BS, Logistics and Administrative Coordinator

Rob has been working in the healthcare field for over 10 years.  During that time he worked as a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman, an optician (both in the military and private practice), and a work center supervisor.  He performed eye tests, made glasses, sutures, insertions and drainage, bracing, casts, and phlebotomy. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and an Associates of Science in Medical Office Administration.  He started working at the university in June 2007 as a Mail Courier, and was promoted to Distribution Clerk one year later.  In the summer of 2010 Rob accepted an administrative assistant position in the department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies, which he grew into the Interprofessional Course Coordinator.  At the Institute, Rob coordinates all logistics of the Institute, particularly as related to events and processes.


Tamzin Batteson, BSc, Research Specialist

Tamzin has a background in Psychology and Education and worked on implementing Development Education into second and third level education in the Republic of Ireland. Tamzin’s work is in Cognitive Psychology and her research interests are Metacognition in Education and Phenomenology with specific focus on Visual Mental Imagery and its role within Cognition.




Inis Jane Bardella, MD, FAAFP, Executive Director and Professor

Dr. Bardella serves as family physician and emergency physician in rural Pennsylvania for eight years prior to entering academic medicine at the University of Pittsburg in 1996. Her academic focuses have been medical school curriculum development and evaluation, and faculty development. These elements are hallmarks throughout Dr. Bardella’s education and research activities spanning the University of Pittsburg, Indiana University, the University of Colorado, the National University of Rwanda and now Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science since 2011.

Dr. Bardella leads efforts to develop equitable global partnerships that prepare students, residents and faculty to meet the health needs of the world, especially the poor. She works globally on the development of medical education in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Bardella has worked in Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda. Her current efforts focus on Albania, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Dr. Bardella practices clinically as a family physician in the Rosalind Franklin University Health System. Her clinical practice emphasis and passion are of underserved rural and urban populations in the US and globally.


Elizabeth Rosiles, MA, Program Manager

Ms. Rosiles earned an Associate in Arts majoring in Elementary Education from the College of Lake County, a Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), and a Master's Degree from NEIU. Ms. Rosiles is responsible of daily operation for the Office of Global Health Initiatives, management of education and research activities, and program development to support partnerships, education and research activities.