Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to present our inaugural Annual Report of the Department of Medicine (DOM) at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. The report highlights accomplishments for the fiscal year 2018.

Since arriving in the DOM, it has been my pleasure to welcome seven new division chiefs, all who are physician-scientists with a strong commitment to clinical excellence and scholarship. In the ever-changing health care environment, we continue to provide excellent care in service to our underserved patients. In addition, we are expanding our strong portfolio of NIH and non-NIH funded projects and clinical research, which will deliver tomorrow’s treatments and cures to our diverse community. Each of our health care professionals 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. The DOM is committed to reducing health disparities in our community, the state of Illinois and beyond.

Taking our education program to the next level, we recently developed 3 new residency tracks. The Academic Internal Medicine Track focuses on public health, clinical and translational research, the Urban Global Track focuses on urban and global public health issues and the Innovation Track focusing on technology and the development of intellectual property. With the help of a generous donation from Dr. Richard Weber, an alum of our medical school, we are greatly enhancing the experience of our trainees, faculty and staff by hosting distinguished lecturers as part of the Richard Weber Supported Lecture Series.

We are proud to announce that we were the first site to participate in The Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine(BRIM) Study. The DOM is excited to be a site for this novel study aimed at breaking the unconscious bias habit and moving towards diversity and inclusiveness.

I thank all our faculty, fellows, residents and staff for their excellence and dedication in providing exceptional care for all in the context of scientific discovery. It is the indefatigable spirit and passion of the team in the DOM of which I am proudest. I am grateful for all of you.


Dr. Patricia W. Finn, MD
Earl M. Bane Professor
Head, Department of Medicine