Yun Fang,PhD Inducted into the 2023 Class of the AIMBE College of Fellows

Yun Fang ,PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/Critical Care), has been inducted into 2023 Class of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering  (AIMBE) College of Fellows in recognition of his ” pioneering contributions to addressing mechano-sensitive gene regulation in vascular and pulmonary health and disease, leading to new therapeutic approaches”.  Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers. College membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering and … Read More

Gokhan M Mutlu, MD appointed to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council

Gokhan M Mutlu, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Section of the Pulmonary and Critical Care was appointed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Advisory Councils are consulted by and provide advice to the NIH Director concerning pertinent programs. NAEHS is a congressionally mandated body that advises the secretary of HHS, the director of NIH, and the director of NIEHS on matters relating to the direction of research, research support, training, and career development supported by NIEHS. … Read More

Department of Medicine Faculty Named to “Top Docs” List

Chicago magazine’s list of “Top Primary Care Doctors,” published in January 2023 has recognized 4 Department of Medicine faculty as the best in the area. Deborah Burnet, MD- General Internal Medicine Kamala G. Cotts, MD- General Internal Medicine Mindy Schwartz, MD- General Internal Medicine Stacie Levine, MD- Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine The data for these lists is collected and analyzed by research company Castle Connolly and based on recommendations from peers on clinical excellence, bedside manner, education and board certification. It is one of several “Top Docs” lists the magazine publishes throughout the year.

Matthew Sorrentino,MD- Appointed Interim Chief, Section of Cardiology

Matthew Sorrentino, MD has been appointed as interim chief of the Section of Cardiology effective January 16, 2023. Dr. Sorrentino succeeds James Liao, MD who has accepted the position of Chair of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Tucson. Dr. Sorrentino currently serves as the Department’s Vice Chair of  Clinical Operations, director of the cardiology outpatient practice, and associate director for the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence.  He began his career at the University of Chicago in 1980, as a student in the Pritzker School of Medicine.  He graduated from our internal medicine residency and our … Read More

Two Medicine faculty honored with distinguished service, named professorships

Two Department of Medicine faculty members have received distinguished service professorships or named professorships. Everett Vokes,MD  has been named distinguished service professor and Mark Anderson, MD,PhD has received a named professorship. Everett E. Vokes,MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, has been named the John E. Ultmann Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Radiation and Cellular Oncology effective January 1, 2023. Dr. Vokes has a distinguished career in clinical and translational research involving head, neck and lung cancer, and is an internationally renowned expert in treating these malignant tumors. His scientific focus has been on early-phase translational … Read More

UChicago Medicine’s Digestive Diseases and Heart & Vascular centers earn high marks on Newsweek’s 2023 World’s Best Specialized Hospitals list

The University of Chicago Medicine has been recognized as a top specialty hospital, ranking among the best in the world for nine clinical areas, according to a 2023 list published by Newsweek. In particular, the academic health system received high marks for its renowned gastroenterology and cardiology programs, ranking #19 and #25 respectively and taking top honors in the state of Illinois. “The UChicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center boosts a long legacy of innovation and excellence in patient care and advancing the science of medicine,” said David T. Rubin, MD, Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Director of the Digestive Diseases Center. “We … Read More

How do you teach advancing health equity? Improv may be a (serious) answer

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, gained more than he expected when he enrolled in a local improv class. The general internist and health equity advocate at the University of Chicago Medicine not only learned storytelling and comedy techniques, he discovered an innovative way to teach medical students at the Pritzker School of Medicine about advancing health equity. “As I got more involved in improv, I began to realize that the emotional intelligence and listening skills we were learning really translated well to the day job and could be a potentially very powerful way of teaching about equity,” said Chin, Richard Parrillo Family Distinguished … Read More

Deep learning can diagnose lung cancers with high accuracy when accounting for uncertainty

While artificial intelligence used to be confined to science fiction, it is now part of our reality, found technologies from facial recognition to digital transcription and music recommendation systems. But using artificial intelligence for lifesaving purposes can still be risky. Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine are trying to mitigate this risk by developing algorithms that can use deep learning to determine whether images of cancerous tissue come from either of two lung cancers, with high certainty. This technology comes closer to being safe for use with patients because it also estimates how confident it is about its predictions. … Read More

Ira Blumen,MD Named Interim Chief, Section of Emergency Medicine

Ira Blumen, MD, professor of medicine, has been named  as Interim Chief for the Section of Emergency Medicine effective November 1, 2022. Dr. Blumen will assume the interim role following the appointment of Thomas Spiegel, MD as UCM Vice President and Health System Chief Quality Officer. Dr. Blumen received his MD from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in 1981 and completed his emergency medicine residency training at the University of Illinois (U of I) affiliated hospitals in 1984, where he also served as chief resident. Following his residency training he served as a clinical instructor in the … Read More

Tim Murgu,MD Received Prestigous WABIP Dumon Award

Tim Murgu ,MD , Professor of Medicine  (Pulmonary/Critical Care) was named as a recipient of the  World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP)  Dumon Award in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to bronchology and interventional pulmonology (IP). The Dumon Award is named for Jean-Francois Dumon  who is recognized today as the “father” of interventional bronchoscopy. From his Centre Laser in Marseille, France, he generously hosted bronchoscopists from around the world. By providing observational and hands-on experiences to hundreds for almost thirty years, he rejuvenated the art and science of rigid bronchoscopy, laser resection, video-assisted airway imaging, and stent … Read More