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The Pilsen Food Pantry is featured on CBS about healthy cooking

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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Evelyn Figueroa, featured on WTTW on September 4, regarding the Latinx community and COVID.

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The Pilsen Food Pantry is featured in Block Club Chicago about fund raising for a permanent location.

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Please join us in Congratulating Dr. Nicole Gastala on receiving the DFCM Rising Star Award. The Departmental Rising Star Award recipients are selected based on their strong potential to be future leaders in their chosen field. Awardees are at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor and have served on the UIC faculty for less than ten years.

Congratulations, Dr. Evelyn Figueroa, on receiving the DFCM Faculty of the Year Award. The Departmental Faculty of the Year Award recipients are selected from the mid-career and senior faculty based on a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research, or service.

Dr. Mark Potter recognized as a Top Doctor in Chicago (Castle Connolly Magazine) –

Congrats to Dr.  Jess Richardson who was elected as a Medical Staff Executive Committee Delegate Alternate! The Executive Committee is the major advisory body to the Dean in the conduct of College business, in the formulation and execution of College policies. It has the responsibility to act on academic issues delegated to it by the faculty, including student admission, appraisal and promotion, faculty appointments and promotions, educational policy, and research policy.

Dr. Augustine Sohn received acknowledgement as the member of the Aquifer Consortium and associate editor for the course Aquifer Family Medicine.  Aquifer is a unique mission-driven non-profit organization dedicated to delivering the best health care education through collaborative development and research into innovative, high-impact virtual teaching and learning methods.  Aquifer’s courses are evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated by the Educators Consortium, to support best practices in clinical teaching and learning.

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Teresa Haro was selected as an honorable recipient of the 2021 Janice Watkins Award for Distinguished Civil Service. The award is to civil service employees whom: Exhibit genuine care for their fellow human being. Exhibit a pleasant, warm demeanor, are very cooperative; are well-informed, provide willing assistance to others, perform their required duties completely with diligence and dedication, provide excellent customer service and extend themselves beyond the performance of their regular duties and participate in campus and community activities or organizations that are beneficial to the well-being of the UIC campus.

JoeAnn Lonzo-Jackson, Administrative RN, received her Doctorate of Nursing in Nursing Practice in October 2021.

Yvette Kimble MSN, APN, FNP-C received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree this August 2021.

We are pleased to announce that Memoona Hasnain, MD, MPHE, PhD, has been appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs. Dr. Hasnain also serves as Professor and Associate Department Head for Faculty Development and Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She holds adjunct faculty appointments in the UIC School of Public Health, Department of Medical Education and College of Nursing, and is an Honors College Faculty.

Please join in congratulating Dr. Hasnain!

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Evelyn Figueroa MD, who has been selected as a recipient of the AAFP’s 2021 Humanitarian Award. This award was developed to acknowledge extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts, both within and beyond the borders of the United States. AAFP hopes the award will encourage AAFP members, their families, and their colleagues to assume a sense of global responsibility and will motivate service to others. Dr. Figueroa’s relentless work in health equity, social justice, homelessness, and food insecurity is an inspiration to her colleagues and community. Putting others first is truly in your DNA.

Congratulations on a monumental achievement!

Congratulations to Dr. Karl Kochendorfer on his research discovery entitled, “1-CDS (1-Click Decision Support)”. 1-CDS provides a patented clinical decision support system for healthcare providers and is designed from the clinician’s perspective, with specific attention to their needs and workflow. 1-CDS automatically connects busy, practicing clinicians to the best available evidence-based information. 1-CDS helps to improve healthcare decisions, enhance efficiency, decrease healthcare costs, decrease errors and improve patient outcomes. The Office of Technology Management has received disclosure and is excited to begin working with Dr. Kochendorfer.

Congratulations Dr. Brittani James who is featured in the NY Times for her work regarding race and racism in prominent medical journals leading to disparities in healthcare and medical education.

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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Sean McClellan for receiving the 2021 Linda K. Gunzburger Award for Excellence in Scholarship Resident Award.

The Linda K. Gunzburger Award for Excellence in Scholarship Resident Award is given to a graduating Family and Community Medicine resident who has demonstrated consistent excellence in scholarship across the continuum of their residency training.

Congratulations to the entire University Village and Pilsen clinic staff who are recognized in the CMO Leadership Newsletter for providing continuous primary care since the start of the Covid pandemic as well as caring for our patients with signs and symptoms of Covid!

“Truly a brave and notable accomplishment on the part of everyone at UV and Pilsen.” – A. Leifer

Link to the Newsletter CMO Newsletter May 2021 by UI Health

Dr. Glenda Rios was acknowledged by the Office of Community Engagement and Health Equity Office of the UI Cancer Center for her valuable insight and contribution to the Virtual Town Hall meeting with Univision.

“Dr. Rios dedication and passion for our community was evident. We are honored to count on your support in our goal to educate and inform our communities about the importance of screening”

– OCEHEO of UI Cancer Center.  The link to the recorded town hall can be found at

Congratulations and thank you to Dr. Jessica Richardson for representing UI Health Mile Square and the Department of Family and Community Medicine on the 4pm NBC news May 20th regarding the recent changes in colorectal cancer screening by the USPSTF.

Dr. Memoona Hasnain and her team have been awarded the inaugural I-Team award for the Interprofessional Approaches to Health Disparities Course that was developed and implemented for her Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar Award and is part of the Patient-centered Medicine Scholars Program.

“Despite our many challenges this year, our faculty have been making major strides in clinical innovation, education, and scholarship, and recognized as such.” Dr. Masahito Jimbo

Dr. Brittani James was named the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism Award.

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards recognize graduating students and faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues.

We previously celebrated Dr. James winning the 2021 M3 Golden Apple Award and the Gold Humanism Honor Society Faculty Award from the College of Medicine. So, this will be a hat trick for her. Congratulations, Dr. James!

The UIC Department of Family Medicine has been awarded a Primary Care Training Enhancement – Residency Training in Primary Care grant through HRSA

Dr. Memoona Hasnain has been selected to fellowship in Hedwig van Ameringen’s Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) women’s leadership program

Dr. James was interviewed by STAT about the ongoing problem of medical journal leadership’s resistance to recognizing racism

Dr. Brittani James is one of three Chicagoans honored in celebration of Martin Luther King Day

Dementia Guide Expert App Review by SilverScience2020

Dr. Brittani James was interviewed by CNN about vaccine hesitancy in the Black community.

Dr. Brittani James discussing racism in health care on WTTW PBS-TV Chicago on November 16, 2020

Dr. Evelyn Figueroa interviewed by Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Brittani James interviewed by the AAMC about choosing a career in medicine

Dr. Brittani James is interviewed by Vox: Black kids are watching videos of this moment. What will it teach them?

Dr. Brittani James interviewed about Coronavirus testing

COVID-19 survivor portraits at Pacific Garden Mission

Pilsen Food Pantry sponsors a large baby supply (12 pallets and counting!) drive for the Auburn Gresham neighborhood

Pilsen Food Pantry on CBS Morning News April 2020

Pilsen Food Pantry on CBS Nightly News April 2020

UIC COVID medical response at the Pacific Garden Mission April 2020

Dr. Figueroa talking about the different kinds of masks for Southside Weekly

Fall 2019 Newsletter

Professor Evelyn Figueroa was interviewed by Telemundo tonight regarding the legalization of Marijuana and is potential health effects.

Article by Dr. Adrienne Williams published in the Chicago Tribune highlights the need for Primary Mental Health Care.

Department of Family Medicine faculty member Dr. Audrey Stillerman was named in the list of “Notable Women in Health Care” in Crain’s Chicago Business

MATEC was featured in UIC News about new funding to support training programs aimed at improving HIV/AIDS care, prevention and education.

Dr. Richard Stringham was interviewed by UIC Today about his Award for Excellence in Teaching (AET). 

Dr. Evelyn Figueroa was featured in a Windy City Live segment on one of the UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry’s partner organizations, the Chicago Period Project

UIC DFM residency graduate Kameron Matthews was featured in The Lancet.

Dr. Samuel Grief was interviewed by WBEZ Chicago Public Radio about how to stay cool in the extreme heat.

The UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry and Dr. Evelyn Figueroa were featured on Chicago Tonight.

Dr. Ariel Leifer is quoted in the NYT in an article about abortion care as part of student health services.

Family Medicine Chief Resident featured on the Ellen Show

UIC Street Medicine group formed to do outreach to decrease complications of homelessness and substance use disorders.

UIC identical twin Chief Residents featured on NBC Nightly News

Spring & Summer 2018 Newsletter

New book spotlights health disparities for South Asian Americans

New Mobile App Helps Families, Individuals Cope with Dementia

Don’t Call Me a Provider – JFP John Hickner, MD, MSc

Global Health Work in Senegal has been highlighted in the inaugural issue of Illinois Health Magazine – (page 6)

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