Arno Motulsky Community

Physician House Advising Faculty

Dr. Sean McCann

Sean McCann is an Assistant Professor on Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He grew up in central Maryland where he spent his free time hiking, kayaking, fishing, and skiing. He moved to Pittsburgh for college where he obtained a BS in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh then completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2015. He moved to Chicago for residency in Emergency Medicine at Resurrection Medical Center, then came to UIC in 2018 for Medical Toxicology Fellowship. Dr. McCann has been full-time faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology since completing fellowship in 2020. He works clinically in the Emergency Department, on the inpatient Medical Toxicology Service, and runs the outpatient Medical Toxicology Clinic. He also serves as faculty for the Toxikon Consortium, a collaboration between UIC, Cook County Health, and the Illinois Poison Center where residents and students from across the city and region rotate for clinical education in Medical Toxicology. His academic and research interests focus on lead toxicity, particularly the effects of chronic low-level lead exposure and the burden of lead toxicity on disadvantaged and underserved populations. He spends his free time enjoying Chicago with his family, travelling and woodworking.

Dr. Leelach Rothschild

Dr. Leelach Rothschild, MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Illinois at UIH and splits her time between Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago and UIH. She grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and went out east for college where she obtained a BA in Spanish Literature; she developed a fondness for traveling to other countries and learning about other cultures. Upon her return to Chicago, she worked in a Surgical Oncology Lab at UIC and maintained her connection to Spanish through her volunteer work in Pilsen. She went on to receive her MD from the University of Illinois and continued there with her training, completing a residency in Anesthesiology and then fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology. She has been a proud lifer at UIH since 2007! (but technically 1997 when she stepped foot into the lab). She is involved in many hospital and department projects, but particularly enjoys supporting residents and department wellness initiatives; she also serves on the Wellness Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  When she is not busy at work, she finds joy spending time with her family, walking and playing with her dog, and when circumstances allow, traveling the globe.

Arno Motulsky, MD (1923-2018)

Arno Motulsky was born in Germany to Jewish parents. He came to the United States in 1941 as a refugee from Nazi Germany, after first being sent to an internment camp in Vichy France. He worked his way through night classes to obtain his GED, then joined the US Army. In 1944, he began medical school at the University of Illinois as a soldier, private first class.He became a hematologist and physician-scientist, initially studying sickle cell hemoglobin. In 1957, he was asked to establish a Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington. There, he founded the field of pharmacogenetics. He mentored hundreds of fellows and students over 50 years, including 1985 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Joseph Goldstein.



Arno Motulsky authored in excess of 400 articles, including the definitive text book of his field for its time, Human Genetics: Problems and Approaches, co authored with Friedrich Vogel


Dr. Motulsky was the recipient of some of the most distinguished honors awarded in medicine, including awards from the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society
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