Associate Program Directors2018-09-14T14:08:21+00:00

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Christopher Gans, MD

Associate Program Director

I am a non-invasive cardiologist and have been here at the University of Illinois since arriving for residency training in 2005. I stayed here for my Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship and then was recruited to join the faculty in 2011. As a product of the residency program myself, I take great pride in the teaching and training our residents receive. I am committed to giving back to the program that mentored me and allowed me to achieve my career goals. I am a firm believer that discovering the enjoyment of being in our incredible profession is key to work-life.

My current clinical focus are heart failure and cardiomyopathies. I am the Medical Director of the University of Illinois Hospital Echocardiography Lab and, in addition, I founded and am currently the Director of the Section of Onco-Cardiology.

If you want to train at a program that will not only prepare you for, but will also grant you a future, you have come to the right place. Welcome to UIC.

pGodwinPatrick Godwin, MD, MBA

Associate Program Director
Jesse Brown VA

After completing residency training at UIC, I entered the practice of internal medicine in the community.  I subsequently returned to academic medicine, and have been a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine since 2001.  I have enjoyed both inpatient and outpatient internal medicine, but have been primarily focused on hospital medicine since becoming Section Chief of Hospital Medicine at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVAMC) in 2008.  My interests include clinical teaching, quality improvement, patient safety, health system reform, and telehealth.

The JBVAMC is an integral part of the residency experience at UIC, and serves as a teaching hospital for medical students, resident physicians, fellows, and clinical faculty members from UIC.   It affords us the opportunity to work with and help a unique patient population.  The JBVAMC consists of a 200-bed acute care facility and four community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs).  Our inpatient facility, the Bedtower Pavilion, opened in May of 2008 and is one of the more modern VA inpatient facilities in the country.

The UIC Internal Medicine Residency Program is an outstanding place to get training.  Our clinical faculty members enjoy teaching, excel at patient care, and are very accessible.  The environment is supportive and the comradery among residents is excellent.  Please contact me if I can provide any additional information.

Alfredo Mena Lora, MD

Associate Program Director

I was born and raised in the Caribbean, spending my formative years in Haiti and my native Dominican Republic. I moved to the beautiful city of Chicago and completed both my internal medicine and infectious diseases training at the University of Illinois. At UIC, I found great mentors and developed a strong commitment to scholarly work and medical education. I was a chief resident and chief infectious diseases fellow during my training and now serve as core faculty for the internal medicine and infectious diseases training programs. I have a passion for teaching and truly love interacting with medical students, residents and fellows. My research interests include infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance and global health. I enjoy studying antimicrobial resistance and implementation of innovative infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship strategies in community hospital settings in resource limited settings in the United States and abroad.

The University of Illinois has a long history of excellence in medicine which dates back to the late 19th century. For generations, our institution has trained superb clinicians and researchers and has served the diverse communities of Chicago with compassionate, innovative, high- quality care. Our Department of Medicine is full of talented clinicians and researchers that will provide you with all the mentorship you need to develop your career in medicine. Our goal is to give you all the tools and opportunities to make you an outstanding internist, and give you the skills for you to grow in whichever direction you choose to in this great field that is medicine.

I look forward to meeting you this recruitment season and would love to talk to you more about our program, our mission and our city!

Anne PolickAnne Polick, MD

Associate Program Director
University of Illinois Hospital


I am a general internal medicine physician in the Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at UIC.  I trained here, was a chief resident here, and have been on faculty ever since.  I practice both inpatient and outpatient medicine, and have a particular interest in women’s health, treating the underserved and preventative medicine.  For the last two years I have maintained a clinic in the dialysis center through our PCORI grant, and I have a population heavy in CKD, ESRD and post-transplant.

Since serving as the chief resident of inpatient medicine, I have worked on throughput and efficiency, which I continue to do in my present position.  As a teaching attending on both the wards and the clinic, and through structured didactics, I have the opportunity to teach and to learn with the residents, which I absolutely enjoy.  My favorite part of internal medicine is making a diagnosis, and I love working up complex cases on the ward with residents and students in a collaborative environment. 

I am the assistant course director of the M2 Clinical Pathophysiology course, participate in the Pharmacology and Essentials of Clinical Medicine courses, and I serve as a site director for M3 UIH Ambulatory Clerkship.  I find my roles in graduate and post-graduate education have made me a better internist, and I feel passionately about the importance of continued education as a way to improve patient care.  I am very excited about my role in the resident Wellness Committee, a resident led group that endeavors to improve the general well-being of our house staff with tools they can take with them into independent practice of this fulfilling, yet oftentimes demanding, lifework. 

Please contact me with any questions about our program, or my arc through it.  I am proud of where I trained and honored to be part of this program!

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD

Associate Program Director
Physician-Scientist Development Program

I am a Chicago native and received my Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College prior to completing a joint MD/PhD degree at Rush University.  I then completed my Internal Medicine Residency training and Fellowship in Endocrinology, in the Physician-Scientist Program at the University of Chicago, where I was on faculty prior to joining the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  My research focuses on the mechanisms by which environmental pollutants act as endocrine disrupting chemicals to promote the development of metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes. In addition to my research, I have a clinical practice with a special focus on the treatment of diabetes and lipid disorders.  

As Director of the Physician-Scientist Development Program at UIC, I am deeply committed to fostering the development of future physician scientists.  This includes those wishing to pursue traditional research paths as well as individuals seeking careers in areas of inquiry that span historically disparate academic areas.  My mission is to create a supportive and collaborative Physician-Scientist Training Program that leverages the immense and diverse resources at UIC to develop future leaders of academic medicine who couple outstanding and compassionate clinical care with cutting edge research in pursuit of improving human health.

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