Research highlights cost savings from generic contraceptives

Generic medications contain the same active ingredients and work the same way as brand-name medications, but cost substantially less. As many Americans face mounting healthcare costs, substituting generic medications for their brand name counterparts can result in considerable savings for patients and payers. Researchers at the University of Chicago recently analyzed the generic substitution rates of oral contraceptives (OCPs) and the associated costs in the U.S for the period of January 2010-December 2014. While the rates of prescribing generic OCPs increased during this period, there was no decrease in the costs associated with brand OCPs. In most cases, brand OCPs … Read More

Angelo Scanu,MD (1924-2018)

Angelo Scanu, MD , professor  emeritus  and a distinguished member of the cardiology faculty  died on January 12,2018.  He was 93 years old. Dr. Scanu began his illustrious career at the University of Chicago in 1961 and rose to prominence as a world authority on lipoprotein biology and metabolism. Born in Sardinia, Italy, Dr. Scanu received his MD from Sassari University Medical School in Sassari, Italy in 1949 where he remained for his internal medicine internship and  residency training.   Upon completion he served  as a research fellow at Barcelona University Medicine School in Spain, and at Lund University Medical School in … Read More

Louis Cohen, MD (1928-2018)

Louis Cohen, SB’48, MD’53,  professor emeritus,  distinguished member of the cardiology faculty, talented clinician, respected scientist and popular teacher, passed away, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, on Jan. 10. He was 89 years old. In his six-decade medical career, Cohen made significant contributions to basic and clinical research, with an emphasis on atherosclerosis, blood lipids, cholesterol, arrhythmias and the diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes. He was author or co-author of more than 70 research publications, plus a series of reports on the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MR FIT). In the mid-1980’s, Cohen and colleagues did important work on the physical … Read More

Drs. Bana Jabri and Louis Philipson Receive Named Professorships

President Robert Zimmer recently awarded named professorships to two Department of Medicine physician scientists: Bana Jabri, MD,PhD (Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition) and Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD ( Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism) effective January 1, 2018.   Dr. Jabri, a world expert in celiac disease, has been named as Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor, and Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on the biophysics of insulin secretion whose innovative work has significantly impacted clinical outcomes of patients with diabetes, has been named the inaugural James C. Tyree Professor of Diabetes Research and Care. Dr. Jabri is a world leader … Read More

34 Medicine faculty named as Chicago’s Top Doctors

Thirty-four  Department of Medicine physicians were  named to the “Chicago Top Doctors” list in the annual ranking by Chicago magazine (January 2017) . Honorees were nominated by physicians nationwide who were asked to consider such factors as clinical excellence, bedside manner, education and board certification. Chicago magazine worked with the health care and information research firm Castle Connolly Medical to create the list.   The 2018 Chicago magazine Top Doctors from the Department of Medicine are: Section of Cardiology: Drs. Michael Davidson, James Liao and Matthew Sorrentino Section of Dermatology: Dr. Christopher Shea Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism: Drs. David … Read More

Ceremony for adult emergency department marks milestone for UChicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine celebrated the completion of what will be the city’s newest and most advanced adult emergency department when the $39 million facility opens to patients in late December.  More than 150 people, including public officials, community representatives and faith leaders, were on hand for the Dec. 5 celebration, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community tours of the new state-of-the-art emergency department.  More

Wider sampling of tumor tissues may guide drug choice, improve outcomes

A new study focused on describing genetic variations within a primary tumor, differences between the primary and a metastatic branch of that tumor, and additional diversity found in tumor DNA in the blood stream could help physicians make better treatment choices for patients with gastric and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Many current approaches to genome-guided therapy, often referred to as “precision medicine,” have produced imprecise results. This is particularly the case for gastric and esophageal adenocarcinoma (GEA), which are common cancers. They can be difficult to control and are often detected and diagnosed late. They frequently recur after surgery, and those recurrences … Read More

UChicago Medicine earns 12th consecutive ‘A’ in patient safety

The University of Chicago Medicine earned its 12th consecutive “A” in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a prominent hospital-watchdog organization. The grade, announced Oct. 31, makes the Hyde Park-based academic health system one of only 59 hospitals in the county to earn a dozen sequential top marks since Leapfrog began producing its twice-a-year survey in June 2012. The nonprofit group’s latest survey reviewed data from more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. More…