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

Why are more young people dying of colon cancer?

This week, researchers from the American Cancer Society published a troubling new study in JAMA showing that colorectal cancer rates are rising among people in their 20s and 30s. The rate of death, while still small, has also been increasing among people age 20 to 54, to 4.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014, up from 3.9 per 100,000 in 2004. No one knows what factors may be driving the rise in cases. Young people usually aren’t considered at risk for colorectal cancers, and most medical groups don’t recommend routine screening until age 50 unless someone has a family history or … Read More

New tool identifies diabetes patients at risk for low blood sugar emergencies

Researchers have developed and validated a practical tool for identifying diabetes patients who are at the highest risk for ending up in an emergency department or hospital due to severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood sugar. The study was led by a team from Kaiser Permanente, which included Elbert Huang, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. Their results are published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Advances in care have reduced the risk of long-term complications and death for more than 25 million Americans with diabetes, which is characterized by high blood sugar. At the same time, patients … Read More

Stacie Levine, MD – Named Chief, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine

Everett Vokes,MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, recently announced the appointment of Stacie Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine, as Chief of the Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine. Dr. Levine received her MD from Rush Medical College in 1997 followed by internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. In 2001 she arrived at the University of Chicago as a research fellow in geriatric medicine and joined the faculty in 2002 as an Instructor.  In 2004 she was promoted to Assistant Professor followed by her promotion to Associate Professor in 2011. Since joining … Read More

The CAR T-cell Chicago story: One year later

SRC: Science Life It was like seeing your first child being born,” said Michael Bishop, MD. “I was at the bedside, watching those cells go in, several million modified lymphocytes from just this little package. To see them flow in is exciting, even amazing. Then, suddenly, it’s over. My first thought was: Is that it? That’s all it takes, that little amount of cells?” It was Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Bishop, professor of medicine and director of the Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy Program at the University of Chicago Medicine, was carefully observing, along with about a dozen members of his team, … Read More

Big Data Yields Surprising Connections Between Diseases

SRC: Science Life Using health insurance claims data from more than 480,000 people in nearly 130,000 families, researchers at the University of Chicago have created a new classification of common diseases based on how often they occur among genetically-related individuals. Researchers hope the work, published this week in Nature Genetics, will help physicians make better diagnoses and treat root causes instead of symptoms. Understanding genetic similarities between diseases may mean that drugs that are effective for one disease may be effective for another one,” said Andrey Rzhetsky, PhD, the Edna K. Papazian Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics at UChicago who was … Read More

Anne Sperling, PhD – Named Associate Vice Chair for Research

Anne Sperling, PhD has been appointed  as Associate Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine effective August 1, 2017. Dr. Sperling, Professor of Medicine (Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care) received her PhD in immunology from Tufts University in 1990.  Following that, she arrived at the University of Chicago for postdoctoral training in immunology in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone. In 1994 she was appointed as a Research Associate in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research, a position she held for two years. In 1996 she joined the faculty in the Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care as an Instructor … Read More