Important Work in Emergency Medicine on Gun Violence and Treating the Root Cause

Ameera Haamid,MD, assistant professor of medicine (Section of Emergency Medicine), recently reported in an article in the American College of Emergency Physicians that homicide disproportionately impacts young black men throughout the United States. Most of the focus on decreasing gun violence in this community surrounds stricter gun laws and harsher penalties for those who perpetuate violence. There are fewer interventions that focus on root causes to prevent these events. As physicians, there are several ways that we can address the root cause of gun violence and decrease gun-related injuries in our marginalized communities. These approaches include using a trauma-informed approach to … Read More

U.S. News & World Report ranks 10 University of Chicago Medical Center specialties among the best in the country

Out of the 12 areas rated by U.S. News & World Report for its 2022-23 Best Hospitals list, the University of Chicago Medical Center ranked among the best in the country in 10 specialties, with four making the top 20. The University of Chicago Medical Center — the hub of the University of Chicago Medicine health system — is one of just 24 hospitals nationwide to have 10 or more specialties listed in the top 50 by U.S. News. Of the more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, the University of Chicago Medical Center ranked in the following specialties: Cancer, 14 Cardiology and heart … Read More

Mark Mitchell Appointed DOM Associate Executive Administrator

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Mitchell as Associate Executive Administrator and Senior Director of Finance for the Department of Medicine (DOM) effective August 1, 2022.  Mark was selected for this critical role after a national search. Mark received his BS in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 and his MPA from Northwestern University in 2009.  He started his career at the University of Chicago 16 years ago as the section administrator in Rheumatology, and took on the role of Director of Post-Award Administration in 2008.  Mark has served as … Read More

Jennifer Pisano,MD- Appointed Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases & Global Health

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Pisano, MD as chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health effective July 1, 2022 . For the past year, Dr. Pisano has been serving the Department of Medicine and the Section of Infectious Diseases & Global Health (IDGH) in an interim capacity where she has demonstrated remarkable leadership, fortitude and thoughtful academic vision. Under her leadership, the Section has already realized remarkable success and stability following  the retirements of several faculty with the recruitment of two outstanding faculty members: Dr. Michael Czapka and Dr. Daniel … Read More

Algorithm predicts crime a week in advance, but reveals bias in police response

Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence have sparked interest from governments that would like to use these tools for predictive policing to deter crime. Early efforts at crime prediction have been controversial, however, because they do not account for systemic biases in police enforcement and its complex relationship with crime and society. Data and social scientists from the University of Chicago have developed a new algorithm that forecasts crime by learning patterns in time and geographic locations from public data on violent and property crimes. The model can predict future crimes one week in advance with about 90% accuracy. … Read More

Two Medicine Faculty Receive Named or Distinguished Professorships

Two Department of Medicine faculty have received distinguished service professorships or named professorships effective July 1, 2022: Marshall Chin, MD, MPH has been named the Richard Parrillo Family Distinguished Service Professor, and Karen Kim, MD has been named as the Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor. Dr. Chin is renowned for his extraordinary contributions towards advancing health equity. He is a practicing general internist and health services researcher who has dedicated his career to advancing health equity through interventions at individual, organizational, community, and policy levels. Through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and Systems … Read More

Luis Barreiro,PhD named Chair of Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology

Luis Barreiro, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Section of Genetic Medicine) , has been appointed as chair of the Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology (GGSB), effective June 15, 2022. Barreiro’s research focuses on linking functional genomic studies of the immune system to an evolutionarily informed understanding of human variation in immune responses to infection and susceptibility to immune-related disorders. His research has generated landmark papers showing that genetic ancestry and natural selection drive population differences in immune responses in humans and describing how the social environment and epigenetic changes play a key role in the regulation of innate immune … Read More

Yun Fang,PhD receives grant to develop nanoparticle treatments for vascular disease

Yun Fang, PhD, has received a 7-year, $5.6-million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop nanoparticle treatments for diseased blood vessels. The grant is an R35 Emerging Investigator Award from the NIH, designed to promote scientific productivity and innovation by providing long-term support and increased flexibility to researchers. Fang, an Associate Professor of Medicine (Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care), studies how cells sense and convert environmental mechanical stimuli into biological signals and develops new nanomedicine approaches that target disruptions in these systems that lead to vascular disease. Vascular diseases, … Read More

ASCO Annual Meeting returns to Chicago, celebrates new progress in cancer

Approximately 40,000 oncology professionals from around the world gathered June 3-7, 2022—both in-person in Chicago and virtually—to share the latest clinical cancer advances in every area of cancer research at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. This event was especially exciting for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center because one of their cancer leaders, Everett Vokes, MD, FASCO, was front and center of the meeting as President for the 2021-2022 term. Vokes is an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of head and neck and lung cancers. He is the John E. Ultmann Professor, chair of the Department of Medicine, and … Read More

Department of Medicine hosts international oncologists

The Department of Medicine, in conjunction with the Comprehensive Cancer Center, recently hosted a group of  international oncologists from developing countries to learn about our innovative cancer programs in clinical care, research and education, as well as our efforts in global cancer health.  The oncologists are part of ASCO’s ( American Society of Clinical Oncology)  International Development and Education Award (IDEA) program that pairs each recipient with an ASCO member mentor, with the goal of developing long-term relationships to improve cancer care in their countries. The visiting oncologists participated in clinical shadowing and presentations from some of our most distinguished … Read More