Section Chief's Welcome

Deborah Burnet, M.D.

   As a former University of Chicago trainee in General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, I am delighted and honored to lead our Section, building upon our tradition of strength and growing in new and exciting directions. The Section of General Internal Medicine (GIM) encompasses a highly talented, very collegial and committed faculty who are recognized nationally in the areas of medical education, ethics, clinical care and research in healthcare disparities and outcomes.   The Section continues to be recognized for its significant teaching efforts and leadership in the Pritzker School of Medicine as well as its strong community partnerships and outreach programs.

Recent accomplishments include studying the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), resulting in increased demand for primary care for many more medically complex patients. GIM is utilizing the clinical and health services research expertise of our faculty to implement population health management strategies and coordinate care for the sickest patients on Chicago’s South Side.

GIM houses many outstanding multidisciplinary academic centers and programs including the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (Mark Siegler, MD- Director), Program on Religion and Medicine (Daniel Sulmasy, MD) , Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research (Marshall Chin, MD and Monica Peek, MD- Directors), the RWJF Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change (Marshall Chin, MD- Director), and the Center for Translational and Policy Research for Chronic Diseases (Elbert Huang, MD- Director).  

Many GIM faculty play key leadership roles in medical education at The University of Chicago serving as directors for the internal residency program, medical student courses and fellowship programs. We take pride in “teaching the teachers” through several faculty development programs, CME offerings and our fellowship programs in health services research, medical ethics, and medical education.

We invite you to learn more about the teaching, research, and clinical activities of our dynamic Section through contact with individual faculty members and programs.