Marshall Chin,MD elected to AAP

Marshall Chin, MD, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians (AAP). This prestigious honor reflects his extraordinary contributions towards improving the care and outcomes for vulnerable patients with chronic disease and reducing health disparities with a nation-leading focus on diabetes.   Dr. Chin discovered how culturally-tailored quality improvement, chronic care management, and patient empowerment improve outcomes in safety net clinics.   Dr. Chin joins 16 faculty from the Department of Medicine as elected members of the AAP. Dr. Chin received his MD from the University of California at San Francisco in 1989, … Read More

Celiac disease permanently reshapes immune cells in the intestine

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the immune system mistakenly causes chronic inflammation in the small intestine. Over time, this can damage the small intestine, prevent the absorption of nutrients and cause diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and anemia, among many other symptoms. Tissue-resident lymphocytes are immune cells that help maintain and protect our tissues at barrier sites, like the lining of the intestine. In the video above, Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor … Read More

Monica Vela,MD- 2019 University of Chicago Diversity Leadership Award Recipient

Monica Vela,MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, and Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs (Pritzker School of Medicine has been named as a recipient of the University of Chicago’s 2019 Diversity Leadership Award in recognition of her contributions to diversity and inclusion at the University and in the broader community. Dr. Vela received her award at a January 15 on campus reception and was honored during the University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Dr. Vela has had a major impact increasing cultural diversity in medicine and improving minority health. Her … Read More

Chicago magazine names 31 Medicine faculty as Top Doctors

Thirty-one Department of Medicine faculty have been named to the annual ranking of Chicago magazine’s top doctors.  Overall The University of Chicago Medicine had 82 physicians named to the top doctors list in the January 2019 edition. Cardiac Electrophysiology Roderick Tung, MD Cardiovascular Disease Michael Davidson, MD James Liao, MD Matthew Sorrentino, MD Nir Uriel, MD Dermatology Christopher Shea, MD Endocrinology David Ehrmann, MD Louis Philipson, MD,PhD Gastroenterology Carol Semrad, MD Helen Te, MD Irving Waxman, MD Geriatric Medicine Stacie Levine, MD Hematology Joseph Baron, MD Richard Larson, MD Wendy Stock, MD Infectious Disease Kenneth Pursell, MD Oncology Michael Bishop. MD … Read More

March 12,2019 Janet Rowley Research Day

The Department of Medicine’s 2019 Janet D. Rowley Research Day will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  Dr. Rowley devoted her life to science and is considered one of the most important scientists of the 20th century for her transformative contributions to cancer biology and cancer treatment.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Ross Levine, MD, Director of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Center for Hematologic Malignancies and  Laurence Joseph Dineen Chair in Leukemia Research. Dr. Levine’s talk entitled “Genetics and Therapy of Clonal Hematopoiesis and Myeloid Malignancies: Bedside to Bench and Back” will take place at Medicine Grand Rounds at noon in … Read More

Robert Grossman,PhD Receives Distinguished Service Professorship

Robert L. Grossman, PhD (Section of Computational Biomedicine & Biomedical Data Science) has been named the Frederick H. Rawson Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine, Computer Science and the College. The Jim and Karen Frank Director of the Center for Translational Data Science at the University of Chicago, he has served as the chief research informatics officer of the Biological Sciences Division since 2011. Dr. Grossman is the principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute Genomic Data Commons, a platform for the cancer research community that manages, analyzes, integrates and shares large-scale genomic datasets in support of precision medicine. The GDC was used by more than 100,000 researchers in the … Read More

New RNA sequencing strategy provides insight into microbiomes

Researchers from the University of Chicago have developed a high-throughput RNA sequencing strategy to study the activity of the gut microbiome. The new tools analyze transfer RNA (tRNA), a molecular Rosetta Stone that translates the genetic information encoded in DNA into proteins that perform basic biological functions. Developing a clear picture of tRNA dynamics will allow scientists to understand the activity of naturally occurring microbiomes, and study their responses to environmental changes, such as varying temperatures or changing availability of nutrients. In a new study published in Nature Communications, a team of scientists led by Tao Pan, PhD, professor of … Read More

CAR T-cell update: therapy improves outcomes for patients with B-cell lymphoma

In their phase-2 study of tisagenlecleucel (marketed as KYMRIAH®), published on-line Dec. 1, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine, an international team of researchers evaluated 93 patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). They found that 52% of those patients responded favorably to the therapy. Forty percent had a complete response and 12% had a partial response. Sixty-five percent of those patients—recruited from 27 sites in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia—were relapse free one year later, including 79% of the complete responders. The median progression-free survival for patients in this trial, known as JULIET; NCT02445248, … Read More

Dr. Marshall Chin and researchers from Google are working to make sure software algorithms used in health care result in better treatment for everyone.

Machine-learning algorithms and artificial intelligence software help organizations analyze large amounts of data to improve decision-making, and these tools are increasingly used in hospitals to guide treatment decisions and improve efficiency. The algorithms “learn” by identifying patterns in data collected over many years. So, what happens when the data being analyzed reflects historical bias against vulnerable populations? Is it possible for these algorithms to promote further bias, leading to inequality in health care? Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics at the University of Chicago Medicine, is working to ensure equity across all areas of … Read More

Michelle Le Beau,PhD- Elected to ACS Board of Directors

The American Cancer Society has named Michelle M. Le Beau, PhD, director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, to its board of directors, with a term beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. Directors are elected for a two-year term. The all-volunteer board is responsible for setting policy, establishing long-term goals, monitoring general operations, and approving the organizational outcomes and allocation of resources. “I am honored to join the board of the American Cancer Society – a key partner in the global fight against cancer,” said Le Beau. “I look forward to working with ACS leadership on our shared mission … Read More