11th Annual Clifford G. Pilz, MD Memorial Lecture
On March 15, 2016 the Department of Medicine hosted the 11th annual Clifford G. Pilz, MD Memorial Lecture. The Pilz Lectureship Series was initiated to recognize more than 40 years of service by Clifford G. Pilz, MD ’45, to the Veterans Administration West Side Medical Center (now the VA Jesse Brown Medical Center) and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.
During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Pilz’s dedication as a physician and teacher advanced the knowledge and enriched the lives of countless medical students, residents, fellows and postgraduates at UIC and the VA.
| Left to right: Patricia W. Finn, MD, Subhash Kukreja, MD., Robert A. Ganz, MD, George T. Kondos, MD
In honor of Dr. Pilz’s memorial, Dr. Robert A. Ganz, Chief of Gastroenterology at Abbott- Northwestern and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, gave a lecture titled, “GERD 2016: Myths, Mechanisms, Medications and Magnets – Did the University of Illinois Have it All Figured Out in 1983?”.
Dr. Ganz completed his undergrad, medical degree, internship and internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Hospital. He also had the opportunity to train under Dr. Pilz.
Chicago Commissioner of Public Health Presents Grand Rounds
On March 1, 2016, Julie Morita, MD, Commissioner of the
Chicago Department of Public health gave a talk titled, “Making a
Healthier Chicago” during the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds. Dr.
Morita touched on many factors that affect health and interventions
that the Department of Public health is implementing. Dr. Morita
addressed preventing influenza, provider interventions and partnerships,
creating a tobacco free generation and how the City of Chicago will
address socioeconomic factors that affect health.
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News from Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Dr. Anne Polick, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, was recently recognized by a UI staff member for her hard work and dedication. The letter of recognition read, “Dr Polick, since starting as a primary care doctor at the UIC Dialysis program, has gone far and beyond her duties, showing a strong concern for her patients, often seeing them at chair side, and always willing to answer any questions and address any concerns that a patient may raise.
She has spent many hours dealing with patients when she did not need to, and has shown a level of compassion that you don't see very often anymore.”
Dr. Bleasdale Talks About Zika Virus
Dr. Susan Bleasdale, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was interviewed by ABC News on the Zika Virus. Spring break is approaching, which means warm weather vacations for many Chicagoans. Doctors predict some of the people who go to infected countries in the Caribbean or South America will come back with Zika. Dr. Bleasdale made it clear that as people return, and develop symptoms, it has to be awareness of the physicians to test for the virus.
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Venous Thromboembolism: Is YOUR patient at risk?
On March 16, 2016, Dr. Joseph Caprini, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Louis W. Biegler Chair of Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem gave a talk on Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). The Department of Medicine co-sponsored the event. This event was held in the Moss auditorium.
New Chief of Medicine at Jesse Brown VA
Dr. Jeffrey Ryan has been appointed Chief of Medicine at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital. Dr. Ryan has had a long relationship with the Department of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School in 1997 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a chief residency with the University of Illinois.
Dr. Ryan has practiced primary care at the Jesse Brown VA since completion of his chief residency and went on to become the chief of primary care, followed by the associate chief of staff for ambulatory care. Dr. Ryan is committed to the tradition of supporting outstanding chiefs of medicine and the mission of the VA and University. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ryan.
"Introduction to Health Disparities, Health Literacy, and Cultural Competency" Course Offered by the Office of Health Literacy
A course titled “Introduction to 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 was be offered to students and faculty in all of the health science colleges on March 14th-17th, 2016.
Benefits of getting a colonoscopy
Dr. Barbara Jung, Associate Professor and Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, was quoted in an article on the benefits of getting a colonoscopy by Chicago Health. Dr. Jung weighed in on the benefits of getting a colonoscopy and cautioned that screenings should not be put off because once colon cancer spreads beyond the colon, it can be very deadly. The article can be read here: http://bit.ly/1Qrjm8c.
Dr. Jung was also featured on the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System website highlighting our mission. Dr. Jung talked about what inspires her, her passion for developing the next generation and her reason for choosing to work at UI Health. To view the full interview visit: http://hospital.uillinois.edu/about-ui-health/mission-vision-and-values.
Health Disparities in Respiratory Medicine
Dr. Patricia Finn, Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine recently co-authored a book chapter in Health Disparities in Respiratory Medicine entitled “Where Do We Go from Here? Improving Disparities in Respiratory Health”. This book discusses health disparities in respiratory medicine and suggests methods to reduce them. The chapter co-authored by Dr. Finn focuses on health disparities and health equality that adversely affect groups of people who have experienced greater obstacles to health based on characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion, pursuing environmental justice and a healthy lifestyle.
News from Hematology Oncology
Dr. Damiano Rondelli, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hematology Oncology, was highlighted for his specialty, Bone Marrow Transplant, on the UI Health website. Dr. Rondelli highlights that we are the only center in Chicago that can do a stem cell transplant in patients with sickle cell disease without using any chemo-therapy. Dr. Rondelli believes life is a gift and that our responsibility is to make sure that gift is preserved.
To view the full interview visit: http://hospital.uillinois.edu/find-a-doctor/damiano-rondelli
News from Gastroenterology and Hepatology
For years the American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division has hosted the Academic Debates, a CME accredited educational program for the medical community of the Great Lakes region. The purpose of this program is to address controversial issues pertaining to liver disease treatment, current and best practices, and new research in hepatology. Pairs of fellows representing six of the Great Lakes region’s premier Liver Centers are selected by a highly-regarded mentor from each of their respective institutions.
During the program fellows debate their position and are judged by members of the American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division’s Medical Advisory Committee.
This year, Dr. Sean Koppe, Associate Professor, has selected second year GI fellows, Dr. Nikhil Martis (pictured top) and Dr. Joseph Schowalter (pictured bottom) to represent UIC in the debates. Competitors include Rush University, Loyola University, Stroger Hospital, Indiana University, and Northwestern University. The Debates will take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016, from 5:30-9:30pm at the Union League Club, Chicago. Best wishes to Drs. Koppe, Martis, and Schowalter!
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