Agenda, April 24, 2015

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College of Medicine, 1853 W. Polk St, Chicago, IL 60612
Parking available in B2 Lot, 900 S. Wolcott Ave.

9:00 am – 9:30 am Continental Breakfast – Faculty Alumni Lounge, CMW Room 119
9:30 am – 10:30 am Opening Session – Faculty Alumni Lounge
COM Dean Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA & UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, PhD
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Active Learning Education, Learning Center 4th Floor
Raymond Curry, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Working Lunch & Panel Discussion, Faculty Alumni Lounge
The role of venture philanthropy for medical technology and the future of the College of Medicine

Panel Discussion Moderators:
Stan Lewin, Chairman and CEO, LKH&S, Inc. and Nancy Sullivan, CEO and Managing Director, IllinoisVENTURES

Panel Participants:
Semir Sirazi, PhD (President, Mardini, Inc); Wayne Goldstein, MD (CEO, IBJI); Fady Charbel, MD (professor and head of neurological surgery) and Erwin Kocjancic, MD (professor and vice chair of urology)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions – Learning Center 2nd Floor

TOPIC A: How do we translate ideas from medicine into clinical practice and the community? Robin Mermelstein, PhD, Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy

TOPIC B: How to infuse technology to facilitate medical education, and what is the value proposition for business? Bellur Prabhakar, PhD, professor and head of microbiology and immunology and associate dean for technological innovation and training

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Reporting and Recommendations, Learning Center 2nd Floor Lounge
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Action Item Summation, Learning Center 2nd Floor Lounge
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dinner at Formento’s, 925 W. Randolph St.

Thought Leader Advanced Reading



Thought Leader Speaker Biographies 

UIC Chancellor, Michael Amiridis, PhD

Thought Leader Speaker Biographies 

UIC Chancellor, Michael Amiridis, PhD

Michael Amiridis was formerly a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of South Carolina (USC).  He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and his PhD – also in chemical engineering – from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in heterogeneous catalysis.

In 1991 he joined the Research Division of W.R. Grace and Co., in Columbia, Maryland, working in the area of emission control technologies, and subsequently, moved to the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in 1994. He was promoted through the academic ranks, became Department Chair in 2002, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing in 2006 and Provost in 2009. In the interim he has also held visiting appointments (sabbaticals) at the University of Poitiers (France) and ETH-Zurich (Switzerland).

His research interests focus on the synthesis and catalytic characterization of bimetallic nanoparticles with controlled composition and architecture. His work has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy and the industrial sector (BASF, Toyota, Davison, W.L. Gore and ExxonMobil). Amiridis has so far supervised the completion of 25 doctoral theses and graduates from his group have been hired in world renowned corporate labs of catalyst manufacturers or users, including BASF, Johnson Matthey, Honeywell, Davison, BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Sabic and Pfizer. His research efforts have been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award (1996), a Golden Key Award for Integration of Undergraduate Teaching and Research (2000), and the USC College of Engineering Research Achievement Award (2005).

Amiridis has also received various College and University Awards for his teaching efforts, including the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate (1998) and Graduate (2004) Teaching Awards and the Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor Award (2002) and has been involved in efforts to integrate undergraduate education and research. He served as the Principal Investigator in five successful NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) sites, including the only international chemical engineering REU site in the nation (REU-Japan; 2003-2007).  He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.

Raymond Curry, MD, Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

As chief academic officer he oversees educational programs across the school’s four campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana.


Dr. Curry is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center in 1985, and then joined the Northwestern faculty as clinical coordinator on a US Public Health Service grant to establish a primary care track in the internal medicine residency. He was also an associate clinical firm chief and director of undergraduate education in the Department of Medicine before moving to the dean’s administration in 1998.


From 1998-2014 he served as vice dean for education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, overseeing all aspects of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. In directing graduate medical education throughout the Northwestern system he also served as president of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. In these roles he created and was founding director of the Center for Education in Medicine; participated in the formation and management of the Center for Global Health; oversaw development and initial accreditation of the physician assistant program; and led the corporate reorganization of the McGaw Medical Center to focus its mission on the management of graduate medical education.

Dr. Curry’s interests in medical education include the study and teaching of doctor-patient communication and the role of learner-centered educational methods in promoting patient-centered care. The curricular model for teaching these professional skills and perspectives he and others at Northwestern developed in the early 1990s has been widely emulated.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, served on the ACP Governor’s Council for Illinois from 1996-2008, and is also an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is a charter member of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare and presently a member of its board of directors. He has been a regular accreditation site reviewer for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for over twenty years, and is currently a member of the Committee for the Evaluation of Medical Study Programs for the Council on Higher Education in Israel.

In 1991 Dr. Curry was named the first Augusta Webster Faculty Fellow in Medical Education at Northwestern, and in 1995 he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 1998 he was presented with the Distinguished Service Award of the Department of Medicine, and he was the 2003 Laureate of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Robin J. Mermelstein, PhD, Director, Institute for Health Research and Policy

Dr. Robin Mermelstein, a professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and clinical professor of community health sciences in the School of Public Health, directs the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her research interests fall broadly in the area of tobacco use, with studies ranging from longitudinal examinations of the etiology of youth smoking to cessation interventions for adult smokers.

Since the mid 1990s, she has been the principal investigator of a series of studies, including a current program project, funded by the National Cancer Institute to investigate trajectories of adolescent and young adult smoking, with a focus on social and emotional contextual factors. In addition, she has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine factors related to youth smoking, and by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and NCI for studies of adult smoking cessation. Other areas of current research focus include health behaviors of young adults and motivational interventions to increase smoking cessation.

The president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Dr. Mermelstein serves on the Institute of Medicine’s committee studying Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age for Purchasing Tobacco Productsand on national research review committees of the National Institutes of Health. She directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program office of Partners with Tobacco Use Research Centers: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Advancing Science and Policy Studies. As part of this program, RWJF collaborated with both NCI and the National Institute on Drug Abuse in funding the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers.

Bellur Prabhakar, PhD, Professor and Head of Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Dean for Technological Innovation and Training

A very distinguished scientist, Dr. Prabhakar has been funded by the NIH continuously for the past twenty years. He has nearly 200 publications to his credit in journals including Science, Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, PNAS, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He holds several patents arising from his work.

As Department Head Dr. Prabhakar recruited 13 faculty members, who are notable for their diversity, and for their uniform success in establishing research programs. More broadly, over the last 15 years, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology has increased its extramural research funding over five-fold. Through co-joint and adjunct faculty appointments, he has extended the reach of his department, which has contributed significantly to enhanced interactions between clinical and basic sciences departments. He has worked very closely with the department of undergraduate medical education to continually reform the medical school M1 and M2 curriculum and he has actively contributed to the recent curriculum reform that streamlined teaching across all four campuses of the college of medicine.

Dr. Prabhakar served as the Chair of a number of important search committees including the Committee to evaluate professional growth of PhDs in clinical departments. He has served as a member of the planning and construction committee for the COMRB. He has been a member of the UIC Senate, the College of Medicine Executive Committee, and the UIC Leadership Council. He served as the deputy director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Services for the Center’s first two years. In addition, he has participated very actively, and successfully, in fund raising efforts of the College.

At the national level, he has served on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Microbiology and Immunology Chairs. In the past, he has served as a member of the National Caucus of Basic Biomedical Science Chairs that represents all the Basic Sciences Departments in the Colleges of Medicine in the United States. He has participated in meetings with various program leaders including the Directors of NIH and NSF, and members of both houses of U.S. Congress who serve on important NIH appropriation committees. He served a two year term as the president of the Chicago Immunology Association consisting of 6 different medical schools in Chicago metropolitan area. He has served and continues to serve on NIH, Veterans Administration, American Heart Association, Welcome Trust and other review committees, and on editorial boards of scientific journals. Recently, he was invited to join other experts to develop a Pandemic Flu Operations Plan for the CDC, in a three month effort. The proposed plan was adapted in its entirety by the CDC Director, with profound national and international implications for dealing with public health catastrophes including pandemic flu.