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.