Jing Chen, PhD, Appointed Associate Director for Translational Sciences for the UCMCCC

Jing Chen, PhD, has been appointed the Associate Director for Translational Sciences for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective November 1, 2023. Dr. Chen joined the University of Chicago in August 2020 and is the Janet Davison Rowley Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Director of Basic and Translational Science in the Section of Hematology/Oncology, Associate Vice Chair for Translational Science in the Department of Medicine, and the inaugural Director of the Cancer Metabolomics Research Center. As a renowned researcher in the area of cancer metabolism, Dr. Chen is interested in elucidating the signaling basis underlying cancer metabolism … Read More

Christine Babcock, MD named Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators

Christine Babcock, MD was named a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators at the University of Chicago. Fellows of the Academy are selected based on significant contributions to the education across the continuum of medical education, as well as recognized excellence in teaching. Dr. Babcock’s career in Emergency Medicine includes previous institutional, regional, and national recognition for her accomplishments educating medical students, training residents as PD, and now directing programs as the Designated Institutional Officer for the Pritzker School of Medicine. The Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators was founded in 2006 by Deans James Madara and Holly J. … Read More

Marina Garassino, MD selected as Fellow of the European Society for Medical Oncology

Marina Garassino, MD, was selected as Fellow of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). This program was launched in 2022 to recognize, honor and reward ESMO members for their exceptional commitment to the Society. Dr. Garassino will be honored as Fellow of the Society during the ESMO 2023 Congress in Madrid on October 20, 2023 for her dedication and involvement in ESMO activities that have helped shape the Society into what it has become today: the largest professional organization for medical oncology.

Russell Szmulewitz, MD appointed Associate Director for Clinical Investigation for the UMCCC

Russell Szmulewitz, MD, has been appointed as the Associate Director for Clinical Investigation for the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective July 12, 2023. He has been in the role in an interim capacity since November 2022. Dr. Szmulewitz is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Genitourinary Oncology Program. He is also a co-leader of the UCCCC Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Program. His research bridges the clinic and laboratory and focuses on the development of novel therapeutic strategies for advanced prostate cancer. In his role as the new AD for Clinical Investigation, he will … Read More

William Parker, MD, PhD, Recipient of the 2023-2024 John D. Arnold, MD Mentor Award

Dr. William Parker, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care is the recipient of the 2023-2024 John D. Arnold, MD Mentor Award. This award is in recognition of Dr. Parker’s sustained excellence in mentoring a Pritzker medical student at the Annual Scientific Session. He will be recognized with the award during the Session’s Award Ceremony on May 15, 2024. Dr. Parker is a medical ethicist and health services researcher who studies the allocation of scarce medical resources. He is specifically interested in absolute scarcity problems, where demand greatly exceeds supply, and healthcare systems cannot avoid rationing. He applies advanced … Read More

2023 Faculty Awards

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Faculty Awards. Education Awards: Preclinical Teacher of the Year Award – Peter O’Donnell, MD (Hematology/Oncology) Clinical Teacher of the Year Award – Peter O’Donnell, MD (Hematology/Oncology) & Victoria Barbosa, MD, MPH, MBA (Dermatology) Medical Resident Teaching Award – Irsk Anderson, MD (General Medicine), Julie Oyler, MD (General Medicine), Mindy Schwartz, MD (General Medicine), Bhakti Patel, MD (Pulmonary/Critical Care) Emergency Medicine Awards: Outstanding Emergency Medicine Teacher of the Year Award – Nadim Hafez, MD Outstanding Emergency Medicine Mentorship Award – Adriana Olson, MD Outstanding Emergency Medicine Clinical Teaching … Read More

Bryan Smith, MD Appointed 2023-2024 Class of White House Fellow

Bryan Smith, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Cardiology, has been appointed a 2023-2024 Class of White House Fellow. Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program offers exceptional young leaders first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. Fellows spend a year working with senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries, and other top-ranking Administration officials, and leave the Administration equipped to serve as better leaders in their communities. Read the press release here.  

James Ahn, MD Recognized by ACEP with a National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award

James Ahn, MD has been recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) with a National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award. Bestowed annually since 1999, this award recognizes educational excellence by mid-career ACEP members. Unique to this award, nominations must be endorsed by both a superior and from previous or current learners. Dr. Ahn will be recognized at the ACEP Awards Gala this year at the ACEP23 Scientific Assembly in Philadelphia, PA during the second week of October.

Krysta Wolfe, MD Named UCM Health System Sepsis Quality Director

Krysta Wolfe, MD, Assistant Professor in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care has been named as UCM Health System’s Sepsis Quality Director effective July 1, 2023. As the Sepsis Quality Director Dr. Wolfe will serve as the Sepsis Lead/champion for projects and initiatives related to improving patient quality (best in class outcomes) and safety (eliminating harm) for patients with or suspected of having/developing the clinical condition of sepsis. Dr. Wolfe is the Associate Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit; in this role she has focused on improving care delivery, including overseeing the expansion of in-house intensivist coverage … Read More

Renea Jablonski, MD Named Medical Director of UCM Lung Transplant Program

Dr. Renea Jablonski, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine has been named as Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program. Dr. Jablonski has most recently served with great distinction as Interim Medical Director for the Lung Transplant program at the University of Chicago during a period of critical transition. Dr. Jablonski received her medical degree from University of Washington and completed her residency at the University of California San Diego, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University, where she was also Chief Fellow. Dr. Jablonski holds memberships with … Read More