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Welcome from the Chair

Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics  

I am thrilled and honored to welcome you to the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

My goal is to maintain an outstanding Department of Medicine that synergizes innovative, investigative, and education missions with a vigorous commitment to deliver exceptional healthcare to populations vulnerable to marginality in health care delivery.Dr. Finn

We emphasize the culture of medicine at its most laudable core: commitment to the best possible care of patients and scientific creativity with a focus on the next generation of physician scientists. Investigative possibilities are compelling and hopeful, as these extraordinary times present unique opportunities to mesh the science and art of medicine. Multidisciplinary approaches incorporating innovative technology offer new directions. The intangibles that we stress include pride in service, whether in the local community or in global health. We promote service to our institution and community as essential to the mission of the Department of Medicine.


Patricia W. Finn, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine



Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism     
Gastroenterology and Hepatology     
Infectious Diseases     
Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy     


Blood and Marrow Transplant              
Breathe Chicago Center              
Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition Research Training Program               
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force              
Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)               
Institute For Minority Health Research              
International Projects              
MicroBiome Health                
Project Wish 
Sickle Cell Program
Urban Global Health               

 Urban Global Health Celebration 2016


Date: April 15, 2016Willis tower
Time: 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.
Location: The Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60612


We are proud to be part of a nationwide movement to promote urban global health awareness and activism that will benefit our community, state and nation and further the cause of international understanding and improvement to health delivered globally.

All Proceeds and donations benefit our Urban Global Health Program allowing students and young doctors to provide healthcare and participate in educational activities in India and the Dominican Republic.

$150 General Admission
$200 VIP Admission (exclusive access to the famous Ledge on the 103rd floor)
Purchase tickets here:

Parking is available at Tower Parking located on Franklin St between Adams and Jackson St. Parking is $15.

Entering Willis Tower
Guests should enter Willis Tower through the Franklin St lobby (232 S Franklin St). A government issued photo ID will need to be provided in order to check in with security. Take the elevators to the 66th floor.

Evening dress cocktail attire 

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Best Doctors

Best Doctors 2015

Nineteen of our physicians were named "Best Doctors 2015" by Best Doctors, Inc. This distinction is awarded by a committee of their peers and shows our providers' commitment to giving patients the best care. These Doctors will be awarded a "Best Doctors" Logo on the Find-A-Doc page.

We would like to take a moment to congratulate the following physicians on this achievement:
     ▪ Dr. Ray Curry
     ▪ Dr. Steven M. Dudek
     ▪ Dr. William L. Galanter
     ▪ Dr. Ananya G. Gangopadhyaya
     ▪ Dr. Allan G. Halline
     ▪ Dr. Asra R. Khan
     ▪ Dr. Kevin Kovitz
     ▪ Dr. Mark S. Kushner
     ▪ Dr. Roberto F. Machado
     ▪ Dr. Dan Mihailescu
     ▪ Dr. Richard M. Novak
     ▪ Dr. David J. Peace
     ▪ Dr. Jonathan Radosta
     ▪ Dr. Robert T. Rosman
     ▪ Dr. Arthur B. Schneider
     ▪ Dr. Dean E. Schraufnagel
     ▪ Dr. William Swedler
     ▪ Dr. John Tulley
     ▪ Dr. Vijay Yeldandi 

 Dr. Kondos  

UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching

Described as a “living legend” by his students, Dr. George Kondos, professor of medicine and vice chair for the department of medicine, was awarded the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Kondos has been an outstanding educator at UIC for over 30 years. In recognition of his teaching effectiveness, Dr. Kondos is a seven-time recipient of the Department of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award. He was selected by the internal medicine residents as among the top 10% of teaching physician faculty. Responding to literature stating that primary care physicians can correctly identify only a small fraction of common heart sounds and murmurs, Dr. Kondos developed a plan that would address an immense area of need in medical education.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Kondos has trained students utilizing “Harvey,” a life-size mannequin able to simulate 27 different kinds of cardiac diseases.
Dr. Kondos often works late into the evening to give students individual attention, and they are grateful not only for his time, but also for his sage wisdom in the practice of cardiac evaluation.

Dr. Kondos has personally trained over 2,000 of UIC College of Medicine medical students in the art of the cardiovascular physical exam using Harvey, and has helped to expand the medical knowledge of the UIC community writ large. On behalf of the Department of Medicine, congratulations on an award well deserved! 


News from the Office of Health Literacy Updates

On November 5th, the Office of Health Literacy, along with the Institute for Minority Health Research, Office of Diversity, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, U of I Hospital and Health Sciences System, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, co-sponsored a presentation by Dr. Ronny Bell titled "Understanding and Addressing Health Disparities in American Indians". Prior to his presentation, Dr. Bell met with faculty and students to discuss his research. Dr. Bell is a professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, with training in nutrition and epidemiology.

Dr. Richard Novak, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Dr. Ben Gerber, associate vice chair for education, were included as Healthy City Collaborative (HCC) featured researchers. Their work has been showcased, each separately, for one month on the HCC website, disseminated through the HCC and the UIC Office of Community Engagement & Neighborhood Health Partnerships (OCEAN-HP) newsfeed and to their community partners, posted on the OCEAN-HP Facebook page, and distributed at every community meeting in which they participate. To learn more about the Office of Health Literacy please visit

 Paula Allen-Meares  

New Course Offered by the Office of Health Literacy

A new course titled “Health Disparities, Health Literacy, and Cultural Competency” taught by Dr. Paula Allen-Meares, chancellor emerita, professor of medicine and executive director of the Office of Health Literacy is under development with the advice and assistance of Drs. Olga Garcia-Bedoya, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, and many others.

The course will be piloted and offered to students and faculty in all of the health science colleges on January 25th-29th, 2016 from 8-9am in COMRB 2175, and repeated March 14th-18th, 2016. For more information please contact Brienne Lowry at 312-413-0434 or

Sickle Cell Video   

UI Health Presents: Changing The Lives Of Sickle Cell Patients

UI Health is home to the only Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in the Midwest, and we are proud to have successfully cured 12 patients of sickle cell disease without chemotherapy since 2011. Hear more about UI Health's physicians, research, and outstanding patient care from their patients.

Dr. Robert Winn   

Faculty in the News

Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for community based practice, UI Health and director, University of Illinois Cancer Center, was featured in a Fox 32 segment on the establishment of the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative.  Winn, along with researchers from Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University, who together make up the collaborative dedicated to cancer health equity in Chicago, appeared at a press conference to launch the initiative, which funded by 1 $17 million grant from the National Cancer Institute last Friday.  

The segment can be viewed at


Bridging The Gap

The Departments of Surgery and Medicine hosted Bridging the Gap on Monday, September 21st. The daylong event guest speakers were John M. Carethers, professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, Juan C. Celedon, professor of pediatrics, medicine, epidemiology and human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, and Chris Gardner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, author of “Pursuit of Happyness.”

Seven mentoring sessions were held on topics ranging from "Work Life Balance" to "How to Interview Well". Students were offered the opportunity to learn about health programs during a lunch mentoring session staffed by residency, fellowship and other health professional programs available at the University of Illinois at Chicago.