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Physician House Advising Faculty

Dr. Nicole Thompson

Dr. Nicole C. P. Thompson, MD, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Illinois Health Science System. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Thompson completed residency at Rush University Medical Center and fellowship at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pediatric Anesthesiology. Her clinical and academic interests are in difficult airway management and in global health. In addition to her duties at the University of Illinois, Dr. Thompson also provides care for patients at Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago. Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the American Academy Pediatrics and is the immediate past chair for the Academic Section on Anesthesiology within the National Medical Association. She is married and the mother of one boy, three girls, and one dog.

Dr. Priyanka Gokhale

Dr. Priyanka Gokhale is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is originally from Maryland but has called Chicago home since moving to the city for residency. She completed her training at Northwestern and joined the faculty at UIC shortly thereafter. Dr. Gokhale is committed to medical education and looks forward to working closely with students in her new role as a physician house advisor.

David Sackett, MD (1934-2015)

David Sackett is considered a founder of the discipline of evidence-based medicine and was at the forefront of developing the medical education strategy of problem-based learning.After graduating from the University of Illinois college of medicine in 1960, he became interested in how methods of epidemiology could be applied to healthcare questions about the diagnosis, prognosis, etiology, and treatment of clinical problems.

At age 32, he became the founding chair of an innovative Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He served as a mentor to many future scholars. Said one mentee, “He said to me, ‘My job is to make sure you meet your goals and objectives, and I will facilitate that for you….That’s exactly what he did. He didn’t do it for his career, because he already had a fantastic career. He just wanted to support young people.” (Collier)


Sackett was the first head of the first department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the world at McMaster University

1970-Sackett created a graduate program to teach clinicians and others how todo healthcare research

1993-Sackett became the first Chair of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group

Sackett published 12 books, 60 chapters, and an estimated 300 papers in medicine

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