Department of Medicine Ranks #15 in 2020 NIH Funding

The Department of Medicine was ranked #15 in 2020 NIH funding among departments of internal medicine in the latest data released by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. This ranking represents $108.6 million in NIH awards and is up from #17 in 2019.  Within the Chicago area, Northwestern ranked #20, UIC #52 and Rush #59. In the Midwest, Washington University ranked #13, the University of Michigan #17, the University of Wisconsin #25, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis #29 and the University of Iowa as #41.  UCLA ranked #1 with over $337.4M followed by Vanderbilt with $224.6M in 2020 NIH funding for … Read More

Jing Chen,PhD- Named Janet D. Rowley Professor in Cancer Research

President Robert Zimmer recently named Jing Chen, PhD as the first  Janet Davison Rowley Professor in Cancer Research effective January 1, 2021.  Dr. Chen, a  visionary scientist and international leader in the area of cancer metabolism, joined the Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology in August 2020 where he also serves as  inaugural director of the newly established the Cancer Metabolic Research Center and director of Basic and Translational Research in the Section of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Chen received a PhD in biochemistry from Emory University and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School.  In 2004 he joined the faculty as … Read More

Jessica Robertson- Recipient of BSD Rising Star in Leadership Staff Award

Jessica Robertson, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in the  Section of Hematology/Oncology has been named as the recipient of the 2020 BSD Rising Star in Leadership Staff Excellence Award. Jessica spearheaded and leads an anti-racism committee committed to facilitating ways to identify and eradicate racism, inequality, and its effects in the workplace. In a short period of time, she created and implemented a vision for the Committee on Anti-Racism (COAR), developed a mission statement, and organized subcommittees who will establish action plans that go beyond supportive words. The BSD Excellence in Staff Awards were established to recognize staff whose talents and … Read More

Stacie Levine,MD – Awarded AAHPM’s 2021 Gerald Holman Distinguished Service Award

Stacie Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine & Chief, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine has been awarded the 2021 Gerald Holman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in recognition of her important contributions as part of the national Entrustable Professional Activities and Curricular Milestones Work Group that created and published Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for hospice and palliative medicine fellowship programs. Since joining the faculty in 2002, Dr. Levine successfully led efforts to build a clinical palliative medicine program in order to improve the clinical care for our seriously ill patients.  She also led … Read More

Funmi Olopade,MD- Named as a Giant of Cancer Care

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hematology/Oncology, has been honored as a Giant in Cancer Care for Prevention/ Genetics by Onc Live. Dr. Olopade is the consummate physician-scientist with sustained and impactful translational research in genetics that spans more than two decades.  She is a pioneer in cancer genetics whose body of work has focused on the molecular genetics of breast cancer progression.  Her seminal contributions have provided an understanding of the root causes of aggressive breast cancer in young women, especially young women of African ancestry across the Diaspora. … Read More

Sonali Smith,MD- Appointed Chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Sonali Smith, MD as Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology effective November 1, 2020.  Dr. Smith, the Elwood V. Jensen Professor, has been serving in an interim capacity since April 2019 where she has demonstrated exceptional leadership, thoughtful academic vision and insight for the Section. Dr. Smith is an internationally recognized expert in lymphoma therapeutics who has made outstanding contributions to the field through her clinical care, significant scholarship and educational roles, and clinical research. She arrived in the Department of Medicine as a hematology/oncology fellow in 1998 and … Read More

John McConville, MD- Recipient of ACGME’s 2021 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

John McConville, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/Critical Care), Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program has been named as a recipient of the ACGME’s 2021 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the educational and training programs in the Department of Medicine. Dr. McConville earned his MD from Penn State University in 1994 and completed his internal medicine residency, including one year as chief resident, and pulmonary/critical care fellowship training at the University of Chicago.  In 2001 he was appointed to the faculty where he currently serves … Read More

David T. Rubin,MD Awarded 2020 Sherman Prize

David T. Rubin, MD,  the Joseph B. Kirsner Professor of Medicine, Chief, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and  Co-Director, Digestive Diseases Center has been awarded the 2020 Sherman Prize in recognition of his unique and meaningful contributions in the fight to overcome IBD. Dr. Rubin earned a medical degree with honors at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in gastroenterology and clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago, where he served as Chief Resident and Chief Fellow. Prior to his current appointments, Dr. Rubin served for 11 … Read More

$5M grant awarded to support “My Diabetes, My Community” research trial for managing patient care

Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine are launching a four-year research trial to test the effects of two evidenced-based interventions for personalized diabetes care for older adults, thanks to a new $5 million grant provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The “My Diabetes, My Community” research trial incorporates two existing strategies designed to personalize sugar control goals, engage patients and enhance self-care. This trial is particularly novel in that its target patient population is adults over age 65. “Many clinical interventions are determined by research … Read More

2021 Open Enrollment

2021 Open Enrollment Guide The 2021 Open Enrollment Guide is now available online. Please review the Guide, as it contains important information regarding University benefits, including what is new for 2021. For more information, please visit the 2021 Open Enrollment website.   Virtual Open Enrollment Information Sessions To provide an overview of the many benefits available to you and your family during the 2021 Open Enrollment period, the Benefits Team will be offering three virtual “Open Enrollment Information Sessions.” All sessions will be presented via Zoom beginning at 12pm on: November 3, 2020 November 10, 2020 November 12, 2020 … Read More