Our Faculty Affiliates

Maximo Brito, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Director, Urban Global Medicine Program

Dr. Brito is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Urban Global Medicine Program in the Department of Medicine. He is also the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Jesse Brown Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Dr. Brito’s area of clinical interest is the care of patients infected with HIV.
His scholarly work focuses on HIV prevention in Caribbean men. Dr. Brito serves as the coordinator of the Dominican Republic Project, an educational exchange program that promotes collaborations between students and physicians in the Dominican Republic and UIC.

R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, FACS
The John H. Panton Professor of Opthalmology
Vice Chair of Global Opthalmology

Dr. Chan is Vice Chair for Global Ophthalmology at UIC and is committed to global health initiatives with a focus on both surgical training and education for the diagnosis and management of adult and pediatric retinal disease. Dr. Chan’s primary research interests focus on utilizing new technology and imaging techniques to better evaluate and manage pediatric retinal disease. He receives grant funding from the NIH as well as a number of charitable foundations. He is a core team member of the Imaging and Informatics for ROP (i-ROP) consortium and leads the Global Education Network for ROP (GEN-ROP), which is an international collaboration of investigators with expertise in neonatology, ophthalmology, biomedical informatics, international health, and medical education. Together, they are implementing tele-education programs aimed at addressing the growing global burden of ROP and have established clinical, teaching, and research collaborations in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Dr. Chan also serves as a consultant for both Orbis International and Helen Keller International (HKI), and sits on the Board of Trustees for HKI.

Dawood Darbar, MBChB, MD, FACC, FAHA, FHRS
Professor of medicine and Pharmacology Cheif, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Darbar is a clinician-scientist with expertise in the care of patients with abnormal heart rhythms including inherited arrhythmia syndromes. The goal of his research since its inception has been the translation of cardiovascular pathophysiology from bench to bedside with a focus on cardiac arrhythmias, a major public health problem. Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 2-5 million Americans and continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality. AF is the most common arrhythmia requiring therapy but response in an individual patient is highly variable. Studies at multiple centers have identified both common and rare genetic variants contributing to AF risk, and although the underlying mechanisms have not been entirely worked out, this line of investigation clearly suggests that the final common phenotype of AF arises through multiple pathways. Dr. Darbar has developed a research program that addresses both clinical management as well as underlying genetic issues in AF.

Dan Hryhorczuk, MD, MPH, FACMT
Emeritus Professor, Toxicology
Global Environmental Global Health

Dr. Hryhorczuk is Director Emeritus of the Toxikon Consortium. He is a Fellow of Collegium Ramazzini and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology. He is an international member of the Ukrainian and Russian Academies of Medical Sciences.  Dr. Hryhorczuk’s areas of research include children’s environmental health, toxic metals, and persistent organic pollutants. He has over 100 scientific publications in the areas of environmental and occupational health, medical toxicology, and public health. He has served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and is a current member of the Independent Scientific Monitoring and Oversight Committee for the National Children’s Study and a member of the USEPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. He has served as a consultant on environmental health issues to international agencies including the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and the World Bank.

Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health Sciences

Dr. Krishnan is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Executive Director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health Sciences at UI Health.  He is a physician-scientist with expertise in the care of patients with asthma, COPD, and other complex chronic lung disorders. Dr. Krishnan is a principal investigator (PI) in several multi-center efficacy and hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  He is an expert in care delivery science (late-stage translational research, including health services research, practice-based clinical trials, comparative effectiveness research, and implementation science). He serves on the Scientific Committee for the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).  Dr. Krishnan teaches research methodology in India as a faculty member in the American Thoracic Society Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) program.

Brian Layden, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Dr. Layden is chief and associate professor of the department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in the UIC College of Medicine.  He is a clinician-scientist who studies the relationship between diabetes and obesity.  The major focus of his research is to investigate pathways involved in the development of diabetes and gestational diabetes.  In addition to being funded through multiple agencies including NIH and VA, he has formed a company, Islet Therapeutics, to further develop some patented technologies that may lead into new treatment approaches for diabetes.

Noreen Nazir, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Noreen T Nazir specializes in cardiovascular disease cardiology at University of Illinois at Chicago and has over 11 years of experience in the field of medicine. She graduated from Northeastern Ohio Universities College Of Medicine with her medical degree in 2008.

Peter Orris, MD, MPH
Chief of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Dr. Peter Orris has served as adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO)

Trevonne Thompson, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology
Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology
Assistant Dean of Residency Preparedness

Dr. Trevonne Thompson is the co-director of the Ramaiah Integrated Poison Information Center (IPIC) in Bangalore, India.  The IPIC represents a collaboration between UIC and M.S. Ramaiah Medical College to develop a poison center in Southern India and to serve as a model for deploying poison information in resource-poor areas throughout the world.

Terry Vanden Hoek, MD, FACEP 
Professor and Head, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek specializes in emergency cardiovascular care and works with our partners at M.S. Ramaiah on the HeartRescue India project, one model of heart attack emergency care that has been implemented in Bangalore, India.

Rohitkumar Vasa, MD
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and Ann & Robert Lurie Childrens Hospital
Neonatology, Pediatrics