Infectious Diseases Program Earns Recognition

The Department of Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Program, under the direction of David Pitrak,MD, has been awarded the designation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.   The CoE program recognizes institutions that have created stewardship programs led by infectious diseases physicians and ID-trained pharmacists that are of the highest quality and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based national guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements.    Jennifer Pisano,MD,  assistant professor of medicine, serves as the medical director for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program for the medical center.  A total of 41 … Read More

Sonali Smith,MD- Named Interim Chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology

Sonali Smith,MD, the Elwood V. Jensen Professor, has been named as the Interim Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology effective immediately.  Dr. Smith, currently the Director of the Adult Lymphoma Program,is an internationally recognized expert in lymphoma therapeutics who has made outstanding contributions to the field through her clinical care, education and clinical research. Dr. Smith serves in a number of leadership positions with national and international visibility.  She is Vice-Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Lymphoma Committee where she oversees clinical trial development at the cooperative group level and mentors faculty across the country.  She serves as chair … Read More

Walter Stadler,MD- Appointed Dean for Clinical Research

Walter Stadler,MD, the Fred C. Buffet Professor of Medicine, has been appointed as Dean for Clinical Research for the Biological Sciences Division effective immediately.  Dr. Stadler recently served as Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology , a position he held since 2013,and was also Associate Dean for Clinical Research from 2007-2014. As Dean for Clinical Research, Dr. Stadler will oversee strategy and operations of the Office of Clinical Research and will work to expand the role of clinical research in the Biological Sciences Division.  He will continue to be involved in clinical and research activities in the Section of Hematology/Oncology … Read More

Heart pump trial points to better overall survival, fewer adverse events

Reported in The Forefront, 3/28/2019 For patients with advanced-stage heart failure, the new HeartMate 3 centrifugal-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) proved superior to the axial-flow HeartMate II, which was previously considered the gold standard in LVAD therapy. Both pumps are made by Abbott. The MOMENTUM 3 trial, presented as a late-breaking session at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed certain benefits of HeartMate 3. “HeartMate 3 has significantly improved the performance of LVAD therapy,” said cardiologist Nir Uriel, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and a … Read More

UChicago’s Pritzker retains top rankings in Illinois in national survey of medical schools

As reported  in The Forefront on March 11,2019 The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine retained top rankings in Illinois in U.S. News & World Report’s annual review of the country’s top medical schools. Of the 120 accredited medical schools surveyed by U.S. News for its 2020 edition, Pritzker placed No. 16 (up from No. 18 last year) for research and No. 18 (up from No. 39) for primary care training. Pritzker remains the highest-ranking research and primary care medical school in the state, ahead of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (Nos. 19 and 35, respectively). Among research-intensive … Read More

U.S. News’ Pritzker School of Medicine Rankings

U.S. News & World Report just released its 2020 edition of the country’s top medical schools. Of the 120 accredited medical schools surveyed by U.S. News, the Pritzker School of Medicine placed No. 16 (up from No. 18 last year) for research and No. 18 (up from No. 39) for primary care training. The full list of graduate school rankings, please visit

2019 Janet D. Rowley Research Day Abstract Winners

Congratulations to the following faculty and trainees who were recognized with Best Abstract Awards at the 2019 Janet D. Rowley Research Day . Faculty Abstract Winners: Basic Research -David Wu, MD, PhD: (Pulmonary/Critical Care )-“Single cell metabolism with deep learning reveals that a RhoA-mediated glycolytic burst drives endothelial cell contractions” Clinical Research-Lauren Gleason, MD, MPH: (Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine)-“Timed Up and Go Screening in the Emergency Department” Health Services Research-Adriana Olson, MD: (Emergency Medicine)-“The Correlation of Emergency Medicine Residents’  Grit and Achievement” Translational Research-Susan Sam, MD: (Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism)-“Impact of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Duration on Glucose Tolerance … Read More

Mengjie Chen,PhD Awarded Sloan Fellowship

Mengjie Chen,PhD , Assistant Professor of Medicine (Genetic Medicine) has been named as one of four University of Chicago faculty to receive a prestigious Sloan Fellowship, awarded to early-career scholars whose achievements and potential mark them as the next scientific leaders . Dr. Chen is a computational biologist and statistician whose research bridges statistical methodological advances and biomedical applications. She and her group develop computational methods and open-source tools to address challenges posed by high-throughput genomics technologies for data analysis and interpretation. The ultimate goal is to develop methods that can integrate genomic features into the prediction of clinical outcomes, … Read More

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