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Annual Report
DOM Women's Committee newsletter
Eileen Dolan, PhD
Robert Grossman, PhD
David Meltzer, MD, PhD



  • Checkpoint blockade helps only a subset of patients, but why?

    Although many cancer patients respond favorably to immunotherapies such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab, most patients do not. Blame for treatment failures is usually attributed to so-called “cold” tumors, those that do not attract T-cell infiltration and may lack key T-cell targets—the mutated proteins known as neoantigens.


  • Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP

    Beyond borders

    “I know that we can save many more women from dying from breast cancer,” oncologist Olufunmilayo Olopade says, leaning forward in her chair. Olopade, who goes by Funmi, is sitting in her office at the end of a long day, surrounded by stacks of paper on her desk and shopping bags on the floor, but she sounds like she could be addressing the World Health Organization. “The drugs are there, the women are out there,” she says. What’s missing, in her view, is a will to diagnose and treat people, wherever they live.


  • UChicago awarded grant to train researchers focused on eliminating breast cancer disparities

    The number of deaths from breast cancer have declined significantly over the last several decades. However, many populations within the U.S. and across the globe have not benefited from these improvements in mortality as much as other groups have. This unequal burden of cancer felt by specific population groups, also known as disparities, is a major healthcare challenge and one that hits home. In Chicago, the most recent figures show the breast cancer death rate among black women is 40 percent higher than that of white women.


  • Intestinal flora may prevent kidney stones

    The role of the gut microbiome in human health keeps expanding, but some microbes are slow to reveal their secrets.


  • Keeping a close eye on frailty in old age

    The University of Chicago Medicine’s Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation (SAFE) Clinic, located in the nearby South Shore community on the South Side, cares for some of the most vulnerable patients throughout the city..


  • New Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science

    Dr. Everett Vokes recently announced the creation of the new Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science , making it the 15th subspecialty section within the Department of Medicine. The new Section will provide an intellectual home for faculty whose research interests encompass computational biomedicine; biomedical data science (data science and its applications to biology, medicine and healthcare), and biomedical informatics (bioinformatics, translational informatics, and clinical/medical informatics) and will be co-led by Robert L. Grossman, PhD and Andrey Rzhetsky, PhD.


  • Matthew Sorrentino, MD

    Matthew Sorrentino, MD, appointed Vice Chair for Clinical Operations

    Matthew Sorrentino, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology, has been appointed as Vice Chair for Clinical Operations effective immediately. In this new role, Dr. Sorrentino will assist in leading the Department of Medicine’s clinical programs and serve as the key departmental representative with the UCM and BSD on issues relating to the Department’s outpatient, inpatient and offsite practices.


  • Long-term trends in blood sugar control predict diabetes complications

    Type 2 diabetes is an insidious disease because its most damaging effects don’t show up for years. A patient may have her ups and downs from day to day, but the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, damage to the retinas and other circulatory problems builds over years with the accumulated stress of high blood sugar levels.


  • Nanduri Prabhakar, PhD

    Study suggests ways to block hypertension in those with sleep apnea

    Obstructive sleep apnea – a disorder that affects nearly one out of four people between the ages of 30 and 70 – is a common cause of high blood pressure. In the Aug. 17, 2016, issue of the journal Science Signaling, researchers based primarily at the University of Chicago describe the signaling cascade that leads to this form of hypertension and suggest ways to disrupt those signals and prevent elevated blood pressures.


  • Anne L. Sperling, PhD

    Growing up on an Amish farm protects children against asthma by reprogramming immune cells

    By probing the differences between two farming communities—the Amish of Indiana and the Hutterites of South Dakota—an interdisciplinary team of researchers found that specific aspects of the Amish environment are associated with changes to immune cells that appear to protect children from developing asthma.


  • Gary Toback, MD, PhD

    F. Gary Toback, MD, PhD ( 1941-2016)

    Gary Toback, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Section of Nephrology) passed away on Wednesday, July 20,2016. Dr. Toback was 74 years old and is survived by his wife, Phyllis and three children: David, Alison and Jonathan. He was a longstanding distinguished member of the Department of Medicine faculty for over 40 years who was recognized as for his outstanding work as an investigator, clinician, mentor and leader.



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    Searching for Excellence and Diversity: Faculty Search Committee Workshop

    The Office of the Provost invites you to attend an interactive Faculty Search Workshop entitled: Searching For Excellence & Diversity.


    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    8AM – 12:30PM
    Ida Noyes Hall
    Third Floor Theater
    1212 E. 59TH ST




Welcome to the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Our Department was the first department created when the medical school began over 80 years ago. It has evolved into the largest department not only in the medical school with over 345 full time faculty and research faculty but is the largest department in the University. The main missions of the Department of Medicine, scholarship, discovery, education and outstanding patient care, occur in a setting of multicultural and ethnic diversity. These missions are supported by exceptional faculty and trainees in the department. We believe you will quickly agree that the DOM's faculty, fellows and trainees very much represent the forefront of academic medicine –extraordinary people doing things to support the missions of our department. The result is a Department which reaches far beyond the walls of our medical school to improve humanity and health throughout our community and the world providing high quality patient care – and training of the next generation of leaders in medicine.