Meet Our Residents and Faculty!

hadassa

Name: Hadassa Holzapfel
Hometown: Düsseldorf, Germany
College: Yeshiva University 
Medical School: Ben-Gurion University
Career Aspirations/Interests: combined heme/onc, critical care, palliative care
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Transitional Care in IEM, heme-Onc QI project, medical student mentors program 
Hobbies: reading/audiobooks, writing, dancing, traveling
Other Interesting Facts: Trying to teach myself piano!

michael

Name: Michael Hu
Hometown: Orlando, FL
College: Duke University
Medical School: University of Miami Miller SOM
Career Aspirations/Interests: Combined internal medicine and pediatrics primary care, combined ID or combined endocrine fellowship
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Trying to get involved in research but also trying to become a competent intern first! Research interests involve climate change, mental health, chronic diseases and climate justice. Also in the Leaders for Local Change track!
Hobbies: Running, reading, cooking, eating boba, exploring the city
Other Interesting Facts: I play the ukulele! Please send me songs to learn!

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Name: Nikita Pillai
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Aspirations/Interests: Hospitalist, pediatric heme/onc, adult survivorship, chronic childhood diseases, academic medicine!
Current Extracurriculars/Research: I’m involved in the AAP trainee group, sickle cell research, and currently thinking of potential QI ideas!
Hobbies: Cooking, crocheting, visiting gardens because I can’t keep my own plants alive, watching hockey, rewatching Lord of the Rings, and planning road trips!
Other Interesting Facts: Chicago is an incredible city and I’ve lived downtown for a decade, so I am full of food/drink/activity recommendations if you have any questions!

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Name: Priya Kantesaria
Hometown: Somerset, NJ
College: Rutgers University
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Career Aspirations/Interests: Genetics, combined subspecialty, adolescent, or sleep fellowship! Whatever I do will definitely also include physician advocacy. 
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Physician advocacy both local and nationally, resident program evaluation, 
Hobbies: You can always find me roping in fellow residents into exploring the Chicago food and drinks scene! I love to read, keep my plants alive, look at art, try new recipes (especially in my airfryer), and keep up to date with whatever is popular on TV. 
What I love about UIC: For me, I was drawn to UIC for its commitment to serving the people of Chicago and the variety of experiences I can get here. Within my first few months I’ve worked with patients from a minute to 92 years old, all with different determinants of health. I also love my co-residents, especially our super close knit Intern family!

Name: Joe Horowitz
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
College: Haverford College (PA)
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Career Aspirations/Interests: Pediatric Heme/Onc with Adult Survivorship
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Heme-Onc Research, Med-Peds clinic QI, Medical Education Track
Hobbies: Soccer, running, BIG Wisconsin Sports fan (NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks!!!), Board games, Travel planning, Piano, Being an uncle
Other Interesting Facts: I’m a nationally ranked Scrabble player, I used to work at Disney World.

Name: Jerry Luo
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, IL
College: Northwestern University
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Aspirations/Interests: Combined Heme-Onc or hospitalist
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Heme-Onc research, sepsis/Epic QI projects, Med-Peds clinic QI project, have ideas for pediatric clinic QI 
Hobbies: college football, cooking, being a foodie (there’s a “Jelp” list somewhere out there), drone and general photography, sneakerhead, running/Peloton, European football
Other Interesting Facts: I have a corgi puppy named Willow! @willowthetri on Instagram

Name: Madelyn Perez 
Hometown: Upland, CA
College: Pomona College
Medical School: Keck SOM of USC
Career Aspirations/Interests: Peds Cardiology, combined hospitalist, primary care
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Leaders for Local Change Track, Med-Peds clinic QI 
Hobbies: running, tennis, teaching myself how to cook, hanging out with my fam, THE LAKERS
Other Interesting Facts: I taught myself how to knit/crochet, and I love making baby blankets.

Name: Anita Shanker
Hometown: Frankfort, KY
College: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Career Aspirations/Interests: Primary care, adolescent medicine
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Community Health and Advocacy Track, Global Health Track. 
Hobbies: Bouldering, reading fantasy novels, trying new recipes with baking (I’m a Great British Bake-Off Addict) and cooking. 
Other Interesting Facts: I got stuck in an avalanche without snowshoes, but I somehow made it out with the help of a nice family and the inspirational chocolate they gave me!

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Name: Jeff Cohen
Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA
College: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: University of California, San Diego
Career Aspirations/Interests: Nephrology or Primary Care
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Advanced Directive QI Project, Medical Student Mentor Program, History of Medicine Club (in the works!)
Hobbies: Reading/writing (particularly science fiction), biking through the city, exploring new foods, spending time with my fiancé and our cat (Harley) and dog (Lincoln). 
Other Interesting Facts: I proposed to my fiancé this summer at the Chicago Art Institute!

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Name: Adriana Giuliani
Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana
College: Indiana University
Medical School: The Ohio State University COM
Career Aspirations/Interests: combined infectious disease or hospitalist, global health, cat taming
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Pediatric Hospitalist Track, Global Health Advocates Track, aspirational LLC member, Street Medicine, Med-Peds Book Club. Working on early-onset sepsis project and developing a global health podcast. National Parks Junior Ranger.
Hobbies: board games, hiking, audiobooks, composing dope prose, letting exercise gurus yell at me from my television, instituting “Papivan” as the official name of our program director
Other Interesting Facts: Despite the fact that I glow in the dark, I am Italian. I am not related to the other Giuliani.

jessica

Hometown: San Jose, CA
College: UCSD
Medical School: Northwestern Feinberg SOM
Career Aspirations/Interests: PICU +/- MICU, medical education, POCUS, SIM, advance care planning
Current Extracurriculars/Research: MedEd Track participant and creator, Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Track participant, VTE prophylaxis in pediatric trauma, advance directives completion QI project
Hobbies: gardening, drinking boba, hanging out with my cats, hanging out with Adriana’s cats, hanging out with Jeff’s cat
Other Interesting Facts: basically I really like cats

aisha

Name: Aisha Uraizee
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College: Saint Louis University
Medical School: University of Missouri SOM
Career Aspirations/Interests: pediatric hospitalist medicine, outpatient adult medicine, women’s health
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Pediatric Hospitalist Track, Leaders of Local Change Track, Women’s Trainee Interest Group
Hobbies: any murder mystery short series/documentaries, buying candles, doing yoga, biking down the lakeshore during the summer, trying to be the next Dr. Caskey
Other Interesting Facts: I am a plant evil stepmother – I try to keep them alive, but how can I help them if they don’t ask for it?

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Name: Paul Cooper (Chief Resident)
Hometown: Needham, MA
College: Emory University
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Career Aspirations/Interests: Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease; simulation, med-ed, resuscitation, critical care
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Pediatric Hospitalist Track, Resuscitation Oversight Steering Committee, Resuscitation Simulation Workshop, Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Healthcare Transitions Consult Service
Hobbies: skiing, biking to work all year despite the cold, soccer, mediocre tennis, board games, hiking. Taking naps too. I love making chicken noodle soup from scratch and making overly spicy salsas.
Other Interesting Facts: I have a twin brother who looks nothing like me; despite what you have heard, he is the evil twin. I have gone scuba diving once and it was such a great experience I ran out of air 20 minutes early.

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Name: Meghan Hudak
Hometown: Greenville, SC 
College: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville 
Career Aspirations/Interests: Med/Peds Hospitalist
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Quality Improvement 
Hobbies: Reading, jogging, true crime podcasts/books/shows, exploring new Chicago neighborhoods, walking my dog along the Chicago lakefront 
Other Interesting Facts: My fiancé and I have taken weekend trips to several European cities – Friday night red eye and return flight Sunday afternoon.  Traveling is still possible even in residency (but maybe less so during a pandemic)!  (Full-disclosure – Dr. Hudak’s fiancé works in the airline industry)

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Name: Charles Swanson (Chief Resident)
Hometown: South Lyon MI
College: Michigan State University 
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 
Career Aspirations/Interests:  I still love everything after 4 years! I love the ICU and allergy/pulmonology the most – looking for hospitalist jobs but anticipate moonlighting around metro Detroit 
Current Extracurriculars/Research: Street Medicine, Medical Spanish, Illustrious Lecturer par excellence 
Hobbies: Running, reading, audiobooks, instructing Adriana Giuliani to make her into the best possible doctor, skiing, trying to get my cat off the counter, writing
Other Interesting Facts: Ron Swanson is actually my uncle, we go on a fishing trip every August.

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Pavan Srivastava, MD is the Program Director for the MedPeds residency program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics. He has been at the University of Illinois at Chicago since the turn of the century: completing his undergraduate studies, medical school education, and residency training at the institution. He has also served as Chief Resident for the MedPeds and the Pediatrics residency programs at UIC, and currently is a co-director for the longitudinal Synthesis course for pre-clinical students at the College of Medicine. Dr. Srivastava has strong interests in medical education and quality improvement, as well as, primary and preventative health care for underserved adults and children. He supervises residents in clinic and on the medicine and pediatric wards. Dr. Srivastava has received teaching awards from both the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as, a Golden Apple Award for excellence in medical education from the College of Medicine.

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Katie Mena, MD is an Associate Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Mena is a former graduate and now Director of our MedPeds Global Health Track. She completed medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio where she is originally from and then moved to Chicago to complete her MedPeds residency training at UIC. She has served as Chief Resident for the MedPeds and Pediatrics residency programs at UIC. Dr. Mena has interests in medical education and global health. She supervises residents in the MedPeds, Peds, and Internal Medicine resident clinics as well as on the medicine wards and newborn nursery.

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Kelsie Avants, DO is an Associate Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. She completed her residency training at UIC and then served as Chief Resident for the Pediatrics residency program. She supervises residents in the pediatrics and internal medicine clinics, general pediatrics wards, internal medicine wards, and newborn nursery. She enjoys working with medical students in her role as a College of Medicine Physician House Advisor and a faculty tutor in the Doctoring and Clinical Skills course. In addition to medical education, Dr. Avants has interests in preventative health and chronic disease management for underserved populations, global health, community public health and advocacy, and refugee and immigrant health.

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Michael Charles, MD is an Associate Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. As an undergraduate, he studied Human Nutrition and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to complete both medical school and MedPeds residency training at UIC. Michael is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyle habits and also enjoys the management of complex health issues in his primary care clinics. He precepts residents in the Internal Medicine and Pediatric clinics as well as on the medicine wards. As a graduate of the MedPeds Global Health Track, he has worked with health systems strengthening and capacity building through various projects in Senegal. As a College of Medicine Physician House Advisor, he engages students in the exploration of professional development and health, illness, and society. Outside of UIC, Michael spends a lot of time with his family. He likes learning new languages. In fact, he speaks English, French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. He frequently dreams about being a professional soccer player. Every year, he plays at the intramural soccer league with medical students, residents, and other attendings.

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Rachel Caskey, MD, MPP is the former Program Director for the MedPeds residency program, and is now Chief of the Section of Academic Internal Medicine, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and a health services researcher. Dr. Caskey attended Jefferson Medical College for medical school and University of Michigan for residency and served as the MedPeds Chief Resident. Dr. Caskey completed a health services research fellowship at University of Chicago, where she also got a Master of Arts in Public Policy. Dr. Caskey holds an affiliate appointment at UIC’s School of Public Health. She precepts residents in MedPeds clinic and serves as an attending on the both medicine and pediatric wards. Her research focuses on investigating novel system-level mechanisms to positively impact and incentivize preventive health behaviors which result in improved health outcomes. She has studied adoption of HPV vaccine and timely receipt of contraception among women. Currently, she is studying a novel system-level intervention to co-located care for postpartum women and infants, with the goal of improving outcomes for women.

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Leslie Jabine, MD has had a long and successful history here at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She attended medical school and completed her MedPeds residency at UIC and has been a beloved MedPeds attending here for over two decades, now practicing primarily outpatient Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She has received awards for her teaching skills and patient care. Her clinical interest lies in the transition of care for children with chronic illnesses into adulthood. She currently runs the Adults with Childhood Cancer Survivor Clinic. Being a child who lived outside the U.S. has provided her with cross-cultural perspectives on medicine and health, while being a mother of three has given her daily perspective on pediatrics and parenting.

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Amanda Osta, MD is our former pediatric residency Program Director and is now Assistant Dean of Advising and Counseling for the College of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Osta attended medical school at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and did her MedPeds residency at the University of Michigan Health Center in Ann Arbor. She was MedPeds Chief Resident during her fourth year of residency, and then went on to serve as an Internal Medicine Chief Resident at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests include the care of urban underserved populations and adolescent health. Dr. Osta often precepts residents in the peds clinic and is a supervising attending on both the medicine and pediatric wards. She is extremely committed to teaching residents and medical students. She has won awards of excellence in clinical teaching from the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Osta is one of the authors of a national curriculum sponsored by the AAP entitled Resilience in the Face of Grief and Loss.

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Michelle Barnes, MD is the Program Director for the pediatrics residency program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at UIC. Dr Barnes attended medical school at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, followed by MedPeds residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She then did a Chief Resident year in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Dr. Barnes works as a supervising attending on both the pediatric and medicine wards, the Peds clinic, and the newborn nursery.  Her interests lie in community outreach and medical education. She is the Director for the Community Health and Advocacy Track and leads the transitions to clerkship curriculum for the College of Medicine. Dr. Barnes has received honors for clinical teaching from the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine.

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Ana Clara Mauro, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at UIC. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the US at age 15. She completed her undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Public Health at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She completed her Med-Peds residency at UIC and served as a Chief Resident in the Pediatrics program there. Dr. Mauro sees patients in the Primary Care Plus Clinic, will join the Med-Peds 2-generation clinic, and supervises residents in the General Medicine Clinic and inpatient Medicine wards. Dr. Mauro is one of the providers in the COIP mobile van clinic, a program focused on management of opioid use disorder in partnership with the UIC School of Public Health. She also serves as a Physician House Advisor for medical students, and as a tutor for the Doctoring and Clinical Skills (DoCS) program at UIC.

Dr. Mauro is deeply committed to addressing health disparities through a career in primary care. She advocates for an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion in medicine. Her academic interests include DEI, global health, medical education, Chief Resident Development, preventative medicine and opioid use disorder.

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Sara Smith, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics.  She attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, where she studied anthropology and Spanish. She returned to Chicago to attend the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She then matched into and completed a combined MedPeds residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After finishing residency, she remained on the faculty at the University of Michigan, then returned to Chicago and joined the faculty at the University of Illinois. At UIC she currently serves as a hospitalist, caring for inpatients in both the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She also serves on the physician advisor team for the hospital, helping to optimize hospital throughput and appropriate utilization management. Dr. Smith is also a lead faculty for the M1/M2 curriculum for the sub-theme Healthcare Systems.  Her interests include medical education, patient safety, and quality improvement, as well as, caring for underserved populations.

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Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics (and Medicine), Head of the Department of Pediatrics, and Physician-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. He received his BA in History from Dartmouth College, his Doctor of Medicine from Vanderbilt University, and his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins. Between college and medical school, Dr. Van Voorhees served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He completed a Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital and a Following residency training, he founded and managed a community primary care practice in Brentwood, Tennessee. He then completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Van Voorhees has developed a “technology-based behavioral vaccine” model to prevent mental disorders in children and adolescents called CATCH-IT, “Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive, Humanistic, and Interpersonal Training.” Other projects have been CURB, “Chicago Urban Resiliency Building,” for African American and Latino youth; “Vets Prevail,” for returning war veterans; “Grasp the Opportunity,” for Chinese youth; a program, focused on Arab youth; and CHECK (Coordinated Healthcare for Complex Kids), which was originally funded by a $19.5 million CMSHCIA award and now has been accepted as an Illinois Integrated Health Home. He has completed NIMH K-08 and NIMH RO-1 funded phase 2, and three clinical trials of CATCH-IT. The comparable effectiveness of CATCH-IT is now being studied with $7.6 million of funding from PCORI. Outcome studies from CMSHCIA and NIMH studies have recently been published in JAMAOpen. Dr. Van Voorhees has a lifetime funding history of more than $32 million in research funding, with more than 70 publications and 100 scientific conference presentations.

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Jalene Shoener, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. She completed medical school and MedPeds residency training at UIC. She served as Chief Resident for the MedPeds and Pediatrics residency programs. Dr. Shoener has interests in legislative advocacy, transitional care, and medical education. She supervises residents in the MedPeds and Peds resident clinics and off-site at a Federal Job Corp Training Center caring for adolescents and young adults. She is also a supervising hospitalist in the Clinical Decision Unit, a observation unit for patients who need care beyond the emergency room.   Dr. Shoener is the assistant medical director for the Child and Youth Center (pediatrics clinic) which involves both quality improvement and patient education projects.

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Sarah Messmer, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics.  As an undergraduate, she studied engineering physics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and then went on to medical school at Harvard Medical School.  She completed her MedPeds residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  She then returned to her home state of Illinois and joined UIC as faculty.  She supervises residents in pediatrics and internal medicine clinics, as well as on inpatient medicine and pediatrics.  She has been involved in UIC efforts to address opioid use disorder, and provides primary care for adults at a syringe exchange on the west side of Chicago in partnership with the UIC School of Public Health.  Her additional interests include LGBTQ+ health, gender affirming care,  global health, and immigrant and refugee health.  Dr. Messmer has also spent several years working in Guatemala and speaks Spanish.

Maria Isabel Angulo, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. She earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her Medical degree and MedPeds residency training at UIC. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Her clinical interests include preventive medicine, minority health and health equity, and women’s health. Her academic interests include medical education and public health. Dr. Angulo supervises residents in the Internal Medicine and Pediatric outpatient resident clinics and Medicine wards.

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Lauren Williams, MD is an assistant professor in the medicine department. She earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University and medical degree at the University of Virginia. She completed her MedPeds residency at UIC and served as Chief Resident during her fourth year. She is the site medical director of Mile Square (UI Health’s FQHC affiliate) Cicero and her clinical interests include preventive medicine, chronic disease management, and optimizing the delivery of primary care.

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Andrea A. Pappalardo, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is board certified in three specialties: internal medicine, pediatrics and allergy/immunology. Dr. Pappalardo serves as the Medical Director in the Coordinated Healthcare for Complex Kids or CHECK program where she oversees a large care coordination program recently chosen by the state of Illinois to service much of Chicagoland’s highest risk patient population. Her research focuses on school and community-based interventions to reduce health disparities in asthma and other allergic diseases. She believes strongly in increasing sub-specialty access in vulnerable populations and provides school-based allergy and asthma specialty care through Mobile Care Chicago’s Asthma Van one day a week in addition to her clinics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Saul Weiner, MD is Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Medical Education, and Director of the Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars (CLASS) fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and deputy director of the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Health Care, Veterans Health Administration. He has served as medical education dean, university vice provost and currently is senior advisor to the provost. He arrived at UIC in 1997 after completing a MedPeds residency at the University of Chicago and, from 1998-2009 served as director of the UIC MedPeds Program. From 2004-2009 he was Head, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Weiner has pursued an extensive program of research at UIC and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. His research focuses on identifying and preventing contextual errors in clinical decision making and care planning. He has developed strategies for identifying contextual errors, measuring their impact on health outcomes and costs, and on preventing them.  His research extensively employs unannounced standardized patients, patients who audio record their visits, and clinical decision support tools enhanced with contextual information in the electronic medical record.  He leads studies funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Weiner is the University of Illinois at Chicago 2013 Distinguished Researcher of the Year in the Clinical Sciences.  His recent book Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care (Oxford University Press) received the 2017 American Publishers Award for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) in the life sciences from the American Association of Publishers. His most recent book, On Becoming a Healer: The Journey from Patient Care to Caring About Your Patients, was published in 2020 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Erin Hickey, MD is a recent graduate of the Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars (CLASS) Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. As an undergraduate, she studied Biology at Northwestern University. She went on to complete medical school at the University of Colorado and MedPeds residency at the University of Chicago. She grew up in Cincinnati, OH and she apologizes for her sports allegiances lying in Boston, where she was born. Her medical interests include the care of children and adults with disabilities and other special health care needs, as well as in the health care transition of children and adolescents with chronic conditions into the adult model of care.

Jennifer Schulte, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. As an undergrad, she majored in Anthropology and Science Preprofessional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and went on to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her Med Peds training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital Medicine-Pediatric Residency program before returning to her home state of Illinois and joining the faculty at UIC. She sees patient in the Med-Peds and internal medicine clinics, and supervises residents on the inpatient medicine wards. Her interests include preventative health, addressing health disparities for underserved populations, and medical education.

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Kruti Acharya, MD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Disability and Human Development. Dr. Acharya attended medical school at Boston University. She then completed a MedPeds residency, a Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship and a Medical Ethics fellowship, all at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include the role of childhood adversity in the health disparities experienced by individuals with disabilities. Her clinical interests include supporting adolescents and young adults with developmental disabilities as they transition to adult-systems of care. Dr. Acharya is also the Director of the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities (LEND) Program at UIC, a state-wide interdisciplinary training program to develop leaders to care for and advocate for individuals with disability.

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Sam Wainwright, MD is a Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars (CLASS) Fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As an undergraduate, he studied Latin American History at the University of Michigan. He worked in Washington, DC as a health policy analyst for the New America Foundation before ultimately returning to his home city of Chicago to attend medical school at UIC. He completed his MedPeds residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, including a year as Chief Resident. He returns to UIC to complete the CLASS fellowship research track, looking at maternal-child health initiatives, Medicaid transitions to value-based purchasing, and the sustainable use of coordinated care programs. He supervises residents on the inpatient medicine service, sees patients of all ages in outpatient MedPeds primary care, and cares for new moms and their babies in the UIC 2 Generation health clinic. Ask him about: the appropriate toppings for a hot dog, his deep-seated love of the ACA, and his way-cooler-than-him wife Emilie (and two residency-born kids, Josephine and Max!).


Class of 2020 MedPeds Graduation Ceremony

2021
Jack Flores –> Combined Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Chicago
Zoe Haemer –> Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars (CLASS) Fellowship, UIC
David Hodge –> Academic Hospitalist, Rush University
Ashley Zilberstein –> Pediatric Dermatology Fellowship, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University

2020
Trinh Khong –> Medicine Hospitalist, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Orange County, CA
Ana Mauro –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Shuvani Sanyal –> Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine Fellowship, Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine
Melissa Zimmerman –> Clinical Leaders and Academic Scholars (CLASS) Fellowship, UIC

2019
Alex Arges –> Medicine Chief Resident, UIC
David Leone –> Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Yale University
Xixi Luo –> MedPeds Hospitalist, University of Chicago & AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center
Sarah Sefcovic –> MedPeds Hospitalist & Primary Care, St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago, IL

2018
Michael Charles –> Academic MedPeds, UIC
Nishi Dedania –> Academic MedPeds, Brown University
Jorge Ramallo –> MedPeds Primary Care, 16th St Community Health Center, Milwaukee, WI
Lily Rotman –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital, MA

2017
Kelsie Avants –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Justin Choi –> Medicine Hospitalist, Torrance, CA
Adriana Herrera –> MedPeds Hospitalist/Global Health Fellow, University of Florida and Innovating Health International
Nili Seleski –> Pediatric Hospitalist, Silver Cross Hospital; Medicine Hospitalist, UIC

2016
​Isabel Angulo​ –> MedPeds Primary Care, UIC Miles Square Health Center
​Nancy Choi​ –> Medicine Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UCSF
​Hannah Nam​ –> Adult Infectious Disease Fellowship, Northwestern University
​Pamela Stamegna​ –> MedPeds Primary Care, NH

2015
Sae-Rom Chae –> Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC
Lauren Greene​​ –> ​MedPeds Hospitalist, Geisinger Medical Center, PA
​Jalene Shoener​ –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
​Jennifer Vu​ –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; MedPeds Community Practice, NC

2014
Olabunmi Agboola –> Allergy-Immunology Fellowship, Duke Unversity
Katie Mena –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Caroline Skolnik –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Chicago, IL
Clemence Sullivan –> MedPeds Primary Care, Minneapolis, MN

2013
Amber Brown –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; MedPeds Community Practice, Nebraska
Denise Dewald –> Adult Infectious Disease Fellowship, UIC
Gina Mathew  –> MedPeds Primary Care, Elk Grove, IL
Joseph Poterucha –> Pediatric Cardiology/Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship, Mayo Clinic
Lauren Williams –> MedPeds Primary Care, Washington, DC

2012
Nathan Bolden –> MedPeds Hospitalist, DuPage Medical Group, IL
Daina Roberson –> Primary Care, MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, IL
Linda Steeb –> MedPeds Primary Care, Chinatown Practice, Chicago, IL

2011
Shanna Butts –> Medical Genetics Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY
Sarah Joseph –> MedPeds Primary Care, Peoria, IL
Pavan Srivastava –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UIC
Aziz Valika –> Adult Nephrology Fellowship, Yale University

2010
Alyssa Cook –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Medical Education Fellowship,
University of Chicago; MedPeds Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
Amy Huang –> Pediatric Chief Resident, UIC; Academic MedPeds, UCSD
Yazen Joudeh –> Primary Care and Weight Management Clinic, Suburban Chicago
Orhan Sancaktar –> Adult Cardiology Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

2009
Kelly Riggs –> MedPeds Primary Care, Anderson, IL
Yasser Said –> MedPeds Hospitalist, DuPage Medical Group
Tasin Shuaipaj –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Hinsdale, IL
Garret Yam –> MedPeds Primary Care, Redmond, WA

2008
Jessica Diethelm –> General Internal Medicine, Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Ashish Goyal –> MedPeds Primary Care, Honolulu, HI; Founder of Pediatrics Board Review
Julien Pham –> Adult Nephrology Fellowship, Harvard/Mass General Hospital, Boston, MA

2007
Thomas Chweh –> MedPeds Hospitalist, Melrose Park, IL
Alicia Fernandez –> MedPeds Primary Care, Ripon, WI
Anjum Hussaini –> MedPeds Primary Care, Mt. Vernon, IL
Anna Mathew –> Adult and Pediatric Nephrology, University of California San Diego

2006
Naina Bhalla –> International Emergency Medicine and Global Health Fellowship, UIC;
Doctors’ Without Borders
Sejal Dave –> Adult Heme-Onc, Arlington Heights, IL
Richard Fernandez –> Combined Pediatric Critical Care and Cardiology Fellowship,
Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL