Clifford G. Pilz Memorial 2018-03-20T11:49:18+00:00

Clifford G. Pilz Memorial

Lectureship Series

Pilz2The Clifford G. Pilz Memorial 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.

2017 Inspiring Experts Clifford G. Pilz Memorial Lecture

“Making of superior doctors through purposeful and deliberate practice: Insights from the study of chess masters, elite athletes, and outstanding professionals, such as musicians?”

K. ANDERS ERICSSON, PhD, Conradi Eminent Scholar & Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Florida State University


Previous Lecturers

Over the years the Pilz Memorial Lecture has featured prominent authors, scientists, educators, and distinguished individuals of various backgrounds. A complete list of speakers can be found below.


Robert A. Ganz, MD, FASGE
Gastroenterology, Abbott-Northwestern, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota


John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP 
Director of Simulation, College of Medicine in Peoria, Chief Medical Officer at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, Duane and Mary Cullinan Professor in Simulation Outcomes, University of Illinois.

Stagnaro GreenAlex2014Moredetails

Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE 
Regional Dean, College of Medicine in Rockford, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois.

Thomas J. Nasca2013Moredetails

Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Council for Graduates Medical Education

Chief Executive Office of ACGME International
Professor of Medicine (vol.), Jefferson Medical College

David Gurka2012Moredetails

David Gurka, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Rush University
Medical Center