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

Yoav Gilad,PhD- Appointed Vice Chair for Research

Yoav Gilad, PhD, Professor of Medicine, has been appointed  as Vice Chair for Research effective November 1, 2017. Dr. Gilad  is an internationally acclaimed leader in the fields of human genetics, gene regulation, and genome biology . Dr. Gilad’s research focuses on advancing our understanding of the genetics of complex phenotypes by studying intermediate molecular data, such as gene regulatory states within and across populations and species. He uses both human and non-human primate models to understand how changes in gene regulation can explain human diseases, and how individual cells vary and differ from each other. Understanding this variability has … Read More

Marshall Chin,MD- Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Marshall Chin, MD, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. This prestigious honor reflects his extraordinary contributions towards improving the care and outcomes for vulnerable patients with chronic disease and reducing health disparities. Dr. Chin joins five faculty from the Department of Medicine, Graeme Bell, PhD, Robert Gibbons, PhD, David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, and Kenneth Polonsky, MD, as elected members of NAM.   Dr. Chin received his MD from the University of California at San Francisco in 1989, followed by his primary care residency training at Brigham and … Read More

Illinois Medical Universities to Study Factors Affecting Rural Opioid Epidemic

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Medicine will use a $1.13 million federal grant to study the opioid epidemic affecting the state’s 16 southernmost counties. The joint effort will initially focus on learning how and why people use opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons and examine the impact on health. People with opioid use disorder, particularly those who inject the drugs, are more vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV, hepatitis and other infections. More

Kyle Hogarth, MD – Leads Newly Formed Society for Advanced Bronchoscopy

Kyle Hogarth, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/Critical Care) launched a new interventional organization for bronchoscopy  called the Society for Advanced Bronchoscopy .  The mission of the Society is” to promote and support excellence in interpretive skills and technical knowledge of those involved in advanced bronchoscopy and to help maintain professional practice integrity”.  Dr. Hogarth will serve as Society President and Program Chair of the inaugural symposium scheduled for October 29, 2017. Dr. Hogarth is the Director of Bronchoscopy at the University of Chicago Medicine, and is an expert in pulmonary diseases,including alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. He is also involved with the minimally invasive diagnosis, management, … Read More

Louis Philipson, MD, PhD – Recipient of 2018 Order of Lincoln Award

Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism) and Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center has been selected as a 2018 recipient of the Order of Lincoln Award by Gov. Bruce Rauner.  The Order of Lincoln Award is the state’s highest honor of professional achievement and public service. “This year’s Order of Lincoln recipients are an extraordinary group of individuals that truly embody President Lincoln’s relentless and passionate spirit for public service,” Gov. Rauner said. “They have positively changed their communities in numerous ways, and their contributions will impact Illinois and the world for generations to come. It is … Read More