Message From Leadership
Wishing happy holidays to you and your family from the Department of Medicine!
It has been an extraordinary year in the Department of Medicine. While there are always challenges, we view them as opportunities, and we look forward to working together in the new year. We thank all of our faculty, fellows, residents, and staff for their hard work and dedication to our mission, and we wish you and your families a happy and healthy holiday season. In the ever-changing health care environment, we continue to provide excellent care in service to our underprivileged patients and the citizens of Illinois. In addition, we continue to expand our strong portfolio of NIH-funded and clinical research, which will deliver tomorrow’s treatments and cures to our diverse community. Each of our health care professionals continue to have a strong commitment to delivering the highest quality health care to every patient who walks through our doors, while providing an outstanding educational experience for all of our students and trainees. The Department of Medicine remains committed to our mission to reduce or eliminate health disparities in our community, the state of Illinois, and beyond.
This year it has been a pleasure to welcome four new division chiefs who are all physician-scientists with a strong commitment to the clinical mission: Steve Dudek, MD in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy; Barbara Jung, MD in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; Rick Novak, MD in the Division of Infectious Diseases; and Damiano Rondelli, MD in the Division of Hematology/Oncology.
Our cabinet of vice chairs has been hard at work improving all aspects of the department. In the clinical arena, we have improved our patient care experience, including access to care and Press Ganey data. Our educational programs continue to receive accolades and full accreditations, and the most recent match yielded a diverse group of promising trainees. We look forward to welcoming them this summer. Faculty affairs completed the first annual faculty survey, and we are happy to report that in response to the survey, we have been working to increase interaction and collaboration between clinical and investigative faculty. As one example, our revamped department Grand Rounds has been incredibly popular and we look forward to gathering with all of you on Tuesday mornings. In terms of scholarly activities, we were pleased to offer bridge funding awards to investigators on the cusp of receiving extramural awards, and in June we hosted the first annual Department of Medicine Research Day. We look forward to expanding and improving this annual program to include not only basic science, but also clinical studies, case reports, and quality improvement projects. In October, we hosted the first Urban Global Health Celebration, which was a great success in raising funds to support educational experiences abroad and celebrating the exceptional projects members of the department are engaged in to promote urban global health.
While we could not possibly mention all of the outstanding achievements of the department in this short message, we urge you to read our weekly “Updates from the Chair” and to send your updates to Michael Paprzyca (email@example.com) to share with all.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our dinner and dancing celebration this past Friday! The energy, excitement, and holiday cheer in the air made it a truly memorable evening.
Looking forward to a happy holiday season and a joyous new year!
All the best,
|Patricia W. Finn, MD
Earl M. Bane Professor
Chair, Department of Medicine
George T. Kondos, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Dean Schraufnagel, MD
Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs
Fred Zar, MD
Vice Chair for Education
Chet Szerlag, MBA, FACHE
Vice Chair for Finance
Jason Yuan, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Scholarly Activities
Max Brito, MD, MPH
Vice Chair for Urban Global Health
Barbara Jung, MD joined the Department of Medicine team in November as associate professor and the new division chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Dr. Jung comes to UIC College of Medicine from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she worked since 2009. Before Northwestern University, Dr. Jung was a junior faculty member at the University of California, San Diego, where she also completed internal medicine residency and fellowship in gastroenterology. Dr. Jung attended medical school at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich Germany.
Dr. Jung brings considerable amount of research, clinical, and teaching experience to the department of medicine. Dr. Jung has research interests in colorectal cancer, mechanisms of tumor progression, molecular pathology, activin signaling and tumor progression, chemoprevention of colorectal cancer, and tumor genetics and clinical outcomes. Dr. Jung is an R01-funded investigator, and currently PI of a grant entitled Activin Signaling and Regulation in the Colon. Dr. Jung has clinical interests in colon cancer, colon polyps, familial/hereditary colon cancer, and polyposis syndromes.
Fun facts include: Dr. Jung speaks German, French, and some Italian; she was a competitive back stroke swimmer and still swims today. Outside of medicine, Dr. Jung likes yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family.
We welcome Dr. Barbara Jung to the UIC Department of Medicine team!
The Urban Global Health Celebration on Saturday, October 19, 2013 and was a great success with 130 attendees for the morning/afternoon symposium and 193 attendees for the evening celebration festivities. During the morning/afternoon symposium, 29 posters were presented by students, trainees, and faculty. Oral presentations and panels given on a variety of urban and global topics were presented by a medical student, trainees, and faculty from the College of Medicine and the School of Public Health.
The Urban Global Health Celebration helped fundraise for Department of Medicine Urban and Global Health initiatives, including work in the Dominican Republic and India. The Dominican Republic and India projects are international learning and service opportunities open to students and trainees.
The Urban Global Health Excellence Award was presented in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to urban and global health. Awardees included:
• Lauren Hughes
• Supriya Mehta
• Santosh Saraf
The Urban Global Health Certificate of Recognition was presented in recognition of outstanding poster presentations. Awardees included:
• Courtney Babb
• Kirk Douglas
• Elijah Odoyo-June
On October 3, 2013, the Bernie Mac Foundation visited the UI Health to celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research (STAR) Center. The morning town hall meeting included presentations on the latest advancements in sarcoidosis research and the work UI Health is doing to find treatments and a cure. Speakers included Drs. Jerry Bauman, Dimitri Azar, Nadera Sweiss, Patricia Finn, Enrico Benedetti, George Kondos, Damiano Rondelli, Steve Dudek, David Perkins, and Dean Schraufnagel, among many others participating in translational research and clinical care of these patients at UI Health. The morning town hall ended with an opportunity for patients to speak, and all expressed their gratitude for Dr. Nadera Sweiss for her care and compassion in guiding them through their treatment. The Bernie Mac Foundation gave $50,000 to UI Health for use in sarcoidosis research.
Pictured above (left to right): George Kondos, Patricia Finn, Steve Dudek, Nadera Sweiss, Rhonda McCullough (president and CEO of the Bernie Mac Foundation), David Perkins, and Dean Schraufnagel.
On September 13th, the Departments of Surgery and Medicine presented the 10th Annual Bridging the Gap: Emerging Health Issues in Underrepresented Minorities at the UIC Forum. The event was well attended with University Leadership, University Faculty, and invited speakers. Invited Speakers included Gary H. Gibbons, MD, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes for Health and Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State. Below are some pictures from the event.
Pictured (Left): Drs. Patricia W. Finn and Gary H. Gibbons
Pictured (Right): Dr. Enrico Benedetti, Dr. Patricia W. Finn, Jesse White, and Dr. Robert Winn
It is our pleasure to announce that Steven Dudek, MD, has accepted the position of chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy. I am thrilled that he has accepted the position and look forward to working with him to advance the clinical, investigative, educational, and service missions of the division.
Dr. Dudek received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and completed residency and pulmonary/critical care medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He was assistant professor of medicine at University of Chicago from 2005-2010, and came to UIC as associate professor in 2010. Since 2012 he has been co-director of the medical intensive care unit at UIHHSS. At UIC he has been named “Teaching Attending of the Year” by his division and is a two-time recipient of the Certificate of Teaching Excellence awarded by the UIC internal medicine residents.
A nationally and internationally recognized expert in acute lung injury, Dr. Dudek collaborates with many UIC investigators on projects related to pulmonary endothelial permeability and genetic markers for lung disease. Dr. Dudek is a member of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). He is an active member of the ATS Pulmonary Circulation Assembly, serving as the editor of the assembly’s web-based journal club and member of the Program Planning Committee. Dr. Dudek has received Central Society for Clinical Research Physician Scientist Award, NIH Loan Repayment Grant, and was selected to attend the ACCP Faculty Leadership Development Program. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Translation Research, Pulmonary Circulation, and American Journal of Physiology Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
Outside medicine, Dr. Dudek enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage daughters. He is currently training to run in the 2013 Chicago Marathon. He is looking forward to crossing a marathon finish line for the 10th time!
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dudek!
The Department of Medicine welcomes our new Hepatologists to the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Charmaine Stewart, MD, FACP, joins the DOM team from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Stewart is appointed as Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Medicine. Costica Aloman, MD, joins the DOM team from Mount Sinai University in New York City. Dr. Aloman is appointed Associate Professor of Medicine. They are both physician scientists and we look forward to them bringing their expertise to the Department of Medicine team.
Patricia W. Finn, MD, professor and department chair, was recently installed as president of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and will serve a one year term until May 2014. During her term as president she has called upon the ATS members to address questions of health equality at all levels of the organization. Dr. Finn has been active in the ATS since joining the organization in 1994, and has served as chair of the Assembly on Allergy, Immunology, and Inflammation and associate editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Finn made a five year commitment to serve on the ATS Executive Committee, and will conclude her service in 2015.
Pictured: Dr. Finn receiving the gavel from ATS immediate past president, Dr. Monica Kraft (left), on May 21, 2013 at the ATS International Conference in Philadelphia. This ceremony marked the first woman to woman gavel pass in ATS history.