Rachelle Yarros Community

Physician House Advising Faculty

Dr. Michael Charles

Dr. Michael Charles is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. As an undergraduate, he studied Human Nutrition and Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to complete both medical school and Med-Peds residency training at UIC. Dr. Charles is passionate about promoting healthy lifestyle habits and enjoys the management of complex health issues in his primary care clinics. He precepts residents in the Internal Medicine and Pediatric clinics as well as on the medicine wards.

Outside of UIC, Dr. Charles spends a lot of time with his fiancée, and his sisters. He likes learning new languages, in fact, he speaks 4 of them. He frequently dreams about  being a professional soccer player. Every year, he plays at the intramural soccer league with medical students, residents, and other attendings.

Dr. Sukhi Bains

Dr. Sukhi Bains has a love of all thing’s coffee and Canadian, her home and happy places. She is triple board certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine with a background in Sociology and social services prior to choosing a career in medicine. She studied Race, Ethnicity, Class and Colonialism as a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario and then joined Michigan State University College of Human Medicine to obtain her MD. In medical school she was a part of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved and Vulnerable program which led her to pursue her combined residency training in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She joined UIC in 2016 and now serves as core faculty for the combined IM/EM residency program. Her academic interests include opioid use disorder, social medicine, and capacity building for health equity.

Rachelle Yarros, MD (1869-1946)

Rachelle Slobindsky Yarros immigrated to the United States from Russia as a teenager. As a member of a revolutionist political party, she always feared being arrested by the Czar’s police. In the US, she worked in a sweatshop before enrolling as the first woman to enter in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Boston. She finished medical school at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, then moved to Chicago to complete her residency at Michael Reese Hospital. Yarros spent the next 40 years on faculty at University of Illinois in women’s health. She was a resident of Hull House, the famous social settlement that nurtured leaders in social welfare. She was a leader in the birth control movement, and she challenged the attitudes, policies, and practices that denied women access to birth control information and devices. She established the first birth control clinics throughout the city of Chicago; she was a dedicated campaigner for sex education for women.


In 1914, Dr. Yarros helped found the American Social Hygiene Association,which today is known as the American Sexual Health Association. She also founded and directed the Illinois Birth Control League.

In 1923, Dr. Yarros opened the second birth control clinic in the United States and by 1930, Chicago had 8 birth control clinics throughout the city, more than any other American city.

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