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



  • Computer test measures suicide risk in just two minutes

    Health care professionals can be a first line of defense to prevent suicide, but unfortunately there are few fast, reliable tools for helping them assess suicide risk in their patients. Some of the more common paper-based tools are complex and difficult to interpret, especially for staff who aren’t trained mental health professionals, which can limit opportunities for follow up screening. And most of these tools assess only factors related directly to suicide, such as suicidal thoughts or planning, and not other psychological disorders known to pose significant risk factors for suicide, such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.


  • A Statistical Crystal Ball

    The most common purpose of data mining is predicting the future. Investors want to know what stocks are going to spike or tank, stores anticipate what products their customers will want to buy and sports teams search for the next breakout player. These industries use statistical techniques to comb through large datasets and find new insights and predictive formulas.


  • Four Medicine Faculty Selected for the Clinical Research Forum Top Awards

    Drs. Anne Sperling, Cara Hrusch, JP Kress and Bhakti Patel from the Section of Pulmonary /Critical Care Medicine were selected by the Clinical Research Forum ( CRF) as # 1 and # 2 in its an annual competition to determine the top ten outstanding research accomplishments in the United States.


  • MOMENTUM 3: Heart failure patients with HeartMate 3 have fewer blood-related adverse events than those with HeartMate II

    A six-month analysis of the pivotal MOMENTUM 3 trial found that patients implanted with the new HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist system (LVAS) had fewer adverse clotting and bleeding events than patients implanted with the control, HeartMate II LVAS.


  • Seemingly innocuous virus can trigger celiac disease

    Infection with reovirus, a common but otherwise harmless virus, can trigger the immune system response to gluten that leads to celiac disease, according to new research from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


  • By boosting innate immunity, researchers eradicate aggressive prostate cancer in mice

    Cabozantinib, a drug already used to treat patients with certain types of thyroid or kidney cancer, was able to eradicate invasive prostate cancers in mice by causing tumor cells to secrete factors that entice neutrophils – the first-responders of the immune system – to infiltrate the tumor, where they triggered an immune response that led to tumor clearance.


  • Funmi Olopade, MD

    Funmi Olopade, MD recipient of the ASCO Humanitarian Award

    Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health has been named as the recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Humanitarian Award .


  • Janet D. Rowley, MD

    2017 Janet Rowley Research Day Abstract Winners

    The third annual Janet D. Rowley Research Day was an overwhelming success. The day kicked off with an outstanding talk by Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD. ,the A.W. & Mary Margaret Clausen, Distinguished Professor & Director, Hormone Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. Following that, nearly 140 junior faculty and fellows participated in the poster event, with all subspecialties represented. Congratulations to the following award best abstract winners


  • UChicago researchers offer solutions for childhood asthma disparities

    Lingering disparities in childhood asthma should be addressed with additional research and quality improvement efforts that work in concert to improve children’s health, according to a new paper published this week by researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine in the medical journal Pediatrics.


  • Department of Medicine launches Microbiome Program (MMP)

    Under the direction of Eugene Chang, MD and Marisa Alegre,MD,PhD, the Department of Medicine recently launched a new research initiative in precision medicine. With a mission to advance the tools and practice of precision medicine through discovery and knowledge of microbiomes and their role in health and disease, the Medicine Microbiome Program (MPP) will serve to organize the ongoing efforts in microbiome research within the Department to create unity, community, education and opportunities for collaborative research. Currently 47 faculty members in the Department have active microbiome research. The MMP will leverage the University’s existing Microbiome Center and provide a front door to faculty who are studying the microbiome in the context of human health through monthly meetings, consultation, technology & capabilities and education. For more information about the MMP click below


  • Vineet Arora, MD

    Vineet Arora, MD- Elected to ASCI

    Vineet Arora, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Section of General Internal Medicine) and Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery for the Pritzker School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) . This honor recognizes Dr. Arora’s contributions to the understanding of optimizing patient handoffs and managing resident fatigue during long shifts. Dr. Arora will be officially inducted into the ASCI at the AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting on April 21, 2017.


  • Roberto M. Lang, MD

    Roberto M. Lang, MD– Recipient of Department of Medicine Distinguished Service Award

    In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the clinical, research and educational missions of the Department of Medicine, Roberto M. Lang, MD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director of the Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging Laboratories has been named as the 2017 recipient of the Department of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Lang will be recognized at Medicine Grand Rounds on Tuesday, February 28,2017 at noon in P117.


  • UChicago cardiologist travels to Jordan to care for Syrian refugees

    Since the war began in 2011, half of Syria’s pre-war population of 22 million people has been displaced or killed. Most of those who escaped now live in camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey or Greece.


  • Regulating “gasotransmitters” could improve care for sleep apnea

    Unbalanced signaling by two molecules that regulate breathing leads to sleep apnea in mice and rats, researchers report in the Jan. 23, 2017, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They show, working with rodents, that injection of a substance that reduces production of one of those signals, hydrogen sulfide, can prevent apneas. This approach has the potential to help people suffering from multiple forms of sleep-disordered breathing.


  • Deborah Burnet, MD

    Deborah Burnet, MD- Recipient of ACLGIM Chief’s Recognition Award

    Deborah Burnet, MD, Professor of Medicine , Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Development has been selected as the 2017 Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Chief's Recognition Award. This honor is given to a General Internal Medicine division chief who most represents excellence in division leadership as a mentor role model and advocate.


  • The neighborhood effect: sicker patients draw on shared resources

    The researchers found that when one patient on a typical 20-bed hospital unit took a turn for the worse – a cardiac arrest, for example, or being transferred to an intensive-care unit – the other patients on that ward were at increased risk for their own setbacks.


  • Robert Grossman, PhD

    THE INFORMATION CURE- Big data is about to revolutionize the way we combat cancer

    The first thing I notice when I enter the operations center of the Genomic Data Commons is a map of the world displayed on a large HD monitor. The map is speckled with circles, variant in size and shade. I count 16 circles—16 users worldwide drinking from the GDC’s tap. At 11. a.m. on a Tuesday.


  • Robert Grossman, PhD

    Robert Grossman, PhD Named Frederick H. Rawson Professor

    Robert Grossman,PhD, Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science has been named the Frederick H. Rawson Professor effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Grossman is an expert in data intensive computing and its applications to biology, medicine and healthcare. His research focuses on bioinformatics, data science, and data intensive computing. Dr. Grossman currently serves as Co- PI of the NCI Genomics Data Commons.


  • Long-sought genetic model of common infant leukemia described

    After nearly two decades of unsuccessful attempts, researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have created the first mouse model for the most common form of infant leukemia. Their discovery, published in the Nov. 14, 2016, issue of Cancer Cell, could hasten development and testing of new drug therapies.


  • Kovler Diabetes Center celebrates 10 years, and looks ahead

    This year Kovler Diabetes Center celebrates its 10th anniversary, capping a decade of cutting edge treatment and research that has made the University of Chicago Medicine a world leader in diabetes care.


  • 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.




    Getting Involved with Microbiome Research for Clinicians: From Sequencing to Grant Writing -May 23-27, 2017

    Join Microbiome Center scientists for an introduction course about microbiome research program in a clinical setting. May 23-25 2017 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.



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.