Department of Medicine Divisions

The Department of Medicine is comprised of 9 Divisions with more than 200 faculty engaged in teaching, research, and patient care services. We invite you to learn more about each division’s faculty, research, education and training programs.

Rachel Caskey, MD Division Chief

The Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (AIM) unites the clinical and scholarship strengths in general internal medicine and geriatrics. We provide a comprehensive approach to patient care across the continuum of age and health status. AIM is committed to our Department’s mission: high quality clinical care, scholarly activity, and education. We provide state-of-the-art medical care to patients in the ambulatory and inpatient setting, consultative preoperative evaluations, teaching and quality improvement.

Dawood Darbar, MD Division Chief

The University of Illinois at Chicago Division of Cardiology strives to be the finest translational research program by making use of its extensive talents in basic and clinical sciences to the benefit of patients. In so doing, patients get the most advanced care, and trainees learn the skills necessary for them to develop the future of medicine. Superior science for paramount patient care.

Brian Layden, MD, PhD Division Chief

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is committed to excellence in the diagnosis, management, and study of endocrine and metabolic disorders. The latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are used in the clinical evaluation and management of patients.

Fellowship opportunities are offered for training in both clinical and research aspects of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our fellowship program, research and patient care.

Brian Boulay, MD, MPH Interim Division Chief

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is focused on excellence in patient care, teaching and scholarly activities pertaining to the GI and liver diseases. This is evidenced by a full range of clinical and translational research expertise. Areas of clinical focus in addition to General GI and Hepatology include Interventional Endoscopy, Pancreaticobiliary Disease, Hereditary GI Cancer Syndromes, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease, Esophageal Disease as well as Small Intestinal Failure and Evaluation for Liver Transplantion.

Areas of research focus range from gut epithelial pathobiology to include host-pathogen interactions/inflammation and intestinal transport, to pancreatic and colon carcinogenesis with focus on epithelial-stromal interactions. The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship program is a fully accredited and in good standing with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also offer an ACGME accredited Transplant Hepatology fellowship and participate in the ASGE match for advanced training in interventional endoscopy.

Damiano Rondelli, MD Division Chief

The Division of Hematology/Oncology’s mission is to provide the highest level of care supported by continuous success in laboratory and clinical research, to every patient that we encounter. There are over thirty faculty members that are committed to working together and have established outstanding programs in solid tumors, blood cancers and other non-malignant blood diseases.

A strong portfolio of clinical trials in hematology-oncology is available thanks to specialists in breast, lung, gastro-intestinal, prostate, renal cancers, or melanoma, brain tumors, leukemias, lymphomas, myeloma or myeloproliferative neoplasms, as well as in stem cell transplantation. In addition, the Division includes a nationally and internationally renowned program in sickle cell disease.

Richard Novak, MD Division Chief

The Division of Infectious Diseases Faculty have specific areas of clinical and basic research expertise that provide a spectrum of collaborative interactions with Faculty in other Divisions in the Department of Medicine and in other Departments in the College of Medicine and other Colleges at the University of Illinois. These interdisciplinary interactions enrich the division’s activities, its contribution to clinical and scientific initiatives at the University and its ability to provide the best teaching environment in which to train the academic Infectious Diseases Faculty of the future through our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

Jim Lash, MD Division Chief

The Division of Nephrology at the University of Illinois at Chicago has a long history of excellence in the field of nephrology. In the early 1950’s, percutaneous kidney biopsy was refined and developed as a clinical tool at the University. The first living kidney transplant from a living related donor in Illinois was performed at the University in 1968. In the area of research, the division has long established track record in the field of acid-base physiology and pathophysiology. The Division of Nephrology is committed to excellence in the areas of patient care, teaching, and research.

The Section of Nephrology provides clinical services for the evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of kidney diseases, hypertension, and fluid-electrolyte disorders. The division is highly committed to the educational mission of the University and is actively engaged in the training of nephrology fellows as well as the education of medical students, residents, and physicians within the community. We are devoted to both basic laboratory and clinical research.

Steve Dudek, MD Division Chief

Our Division directs the medical intensive care unit at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. We provide consultative services to the cardiac intensive care unit, stem cell and solid organ transplantation unit, and the neurosurgical intensive care unit, as well as to inpatients and outpatients on all adult services. In addition to our involvement within the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, we operate several outpatient pulmonary, allergy, and sleep clinics on the UIC campus. We treat both common and unusual illnesses, and our team of faculty members are actively involved in research concerning asthma, bronchiectasis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, scleroderma-related lung disease, sleep apnea, tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases.

Our division recently added a Sleep Fellowship program. Both the Pulmonary and Critical Care and Sleep fellows are an integral part of all of the division’s many operations. As a division, we are passionate about respiratory and sleep-related issues, and we strive to foster an environment of learning and research partnered with an exceptional, compassionate approach toward our patients.

Nadera Sweiss, MD Division Chief

Rheumatology provides care for patients with the full spectrum of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. These include arthritis and allied conditions and disorders of connective tissue.  The Arthritis Center is a significant outpatient facility with more than 6,000 patient visits annually. Each year, the consultation service sees approximately 400 inpatients.

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