Olga Jonasson Community

Physician House Advising Faculty

Dr. Marci Laragh

Dr. Marci Laragh has been a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and academic Hospitalist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center since 2013 after completing medical school at New York University (NYU) and Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at UIC.  Her research and advocacy interests include anti-racism, quality improvement, interesting clinical case reports, and medical education with a focus on bedside teaching and formative feedback.  She is an active member of the Jesse Brown for Black Lives (JB4BL) clinical committee, whose mission is to advance anti-racist education and practices at the VA.  One of the most rewarding part of her career is her involvement with clinical education and mentorship.  She serves at the UIC Internal Medicine Clinical Clerkship co-director at the Jesse Brown VAMC and as core teaching faculty in the UIC Internal Medicine residency program. 

Dr. Charlie Inboriboon

Dr. Charlie Inboriboon is an associate professor of emergency medicine and an associate program director and social emergency medicine track director of the UIC Emergency Medicine Residency. He completed his undergraduate, medical school, and residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Afterward, he completed a global emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Rochester. It was during his fellowship, that he realized his passion for teaching medical students and residents. Before returning to UIC, he spent significant stints teaching in New York, California, Missouri, and Thailand. His academic interests are medical education, promoting diversity in medicine, global emergency medicine, and addressing social determinants of health. When he is not working, he loves exploring the world and spending time with his wife and two boys.

Olga Jonasson, MD (1934-2006)

Dr. Olga Jonasson was born in Peoria, Illinois to parents of Swedish immigrants. As a youngster, Jonasson was influenced by witnessing the work of her mother, a nurse, and her father, a pastor, in caring for the sick. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1956 at Northwestern, and her medical degree at University of Illinois in 1958. When Jonasson decided to apply for a surgical residency, there were very few women practicing in this area. She completed residency in 1964, followed by three fellowships, one of which was at Massachusetts General Hospital in transplantation immunobiology. She joined the faculty of University of Illinois in 1967, where she developed the Division of Transplantation.Throughout her career, she served as a mentor and role-model for young female surgeons. In 1993, she became the Medical Director of the Education and Surgical Services Department of the American College of Surgeons, the first female surgeon to do so.


1968- Dr. Jonasson performed the first kidney transplant in Illinois

1976- Dr. Jonasson was named the first woman to serve on the American College of Surgery Board of Regents

1977- Dr. Jonasson was named the new Chief of Surgery at Cook County Hospital

1983- Dr. Jonasson chaired the national task force that issued a White Paper which provided broad guidelines for implementation of the newly passed National Organ Transplant Act

2006- The Association of Women Surgeons renamed their Distinguished Member Award the Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award

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