Stacie Levine,MD – Awarded AAHPM’s 2021 Gerald Holman Distinguished Service Award

Stacie Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine & Chief, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine has been awarded the 2021 Gerald Holman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in recognition of her important contributions as part of the national Entrustable Professional Activities and Curricular Milestones Work Group that created and published Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for hospice and palliative medicine fellowship programs. Since joining the faculty in 2002, Dr. Levine successfully led efforts to build a clinical palliative medicine program in order to improve the clinical care for our seriously ill patients.  She also led … Read More

Funmi Olopade,MD- Named as a Giant of Cancer Care

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hematology/Oncology, has been honored as a Giant in Cancer Care for Prevention/ Genetics by Onc Live. Dr. Olopade is the consummate physician-scientist with sustained and impactful translational research in genetics that spans more than two decades.  She is a pioneer in cancer genetics whose body of work has focused on the molecular genetics of breast cancer progression.  Her seminal contributions have provided an understanding of the root causes of aggressive breast cancer in young women, especially young women of African ancestry across the Diaspora. … Read More

Sonali Smith,MD- Appointed Chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Sonali Smith, MD as Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology effective November 1, 2020.  Dr. Smith, the Elwood V. Jensen Professor, has been serving in an interim capacity since April 2019 where she has demonstrated exceptional leadership, thoughtful academic vision and insight for the Section. Dr. Smith is an internationally recognized expert in lymphoma therapeutics who has made outstanding contributions to the field through her clinical care, significant scholarship and educational roles, and clinical research. She arrived in the Department of Medicine as a hematology/oncology fellow in 1998 and … Read More

John McConville, MD- Recipient of ACGME’s 2021 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

John McConville, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/Critical Care), Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program has been named as a recipient of the ACGME’s 2021 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the educational and training programs in the Department of Medicine. Dr. McConville earned his MD from Penn State University in 1994 and completed his internal medicine residency, including one year as chief resident, and pulmonary/critical care fellowship training at the University of Chicago.  In 2001 he was appointed to the faculty where he currently serves … Read More

Christine Babcock,MD- Named Interim Chief, Section of Emergency Medicine

Christine Babcock, MD MSc, associate professor of medicine, has been named as the interim chief of the Section of Emergency Medicine effective October 15, 2020.  Dr. Babcock received her MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed her Emergency Medicine training at the University of Chicago in 2007.  Upon completion, she joined the faculty in the Section of Emergency Medicine where she currently serves as associate professor and director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, a position that she has held since 2011.  Dr. Babcock also holds a Master of Science in Threat and Response Management from the … Read More

Raghu Mirmira,MD,PhD- Appointed Associate Vice Chair for Translational Research

Dr. Everett Vokes, Chair of the Department of Medicine , has announced the appointment of Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD, as Associate Vice Chair for Translational Research. Dr. Mirmira, Professor of Medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Director of the Department‘s Translational Research Center joined the faculty last November. Since that time his leadership, dedication and success as a translational investigator have been remarkable. His commitment to the development of trainees at all levels, and his prior experience as Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as his service … Read More

Three faculty honored with the Department of Medicine Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Everett Vokes honored three faculty from the Section of Infectious Diseases & Global Health (IDGH)  with the  Distinguished Service Award for their outstanding work and dedication to the Department’s tripartite mission, but in particular their extraordinary efforts and leadership during the COVID crisis. Drs. David Pitrak, Kathleen Mullane, and Emily Landon were announced as the recipients of the award at a virtual award ceremony on September 15, 2020. David Pitrak, MD, Professor of Medicine  has served the Department as chief of  the Section of IDGH since 2002 and is responsible for its amazing growth to currently 17 faculty. He … Read More

Shellie Williams, MD Receives 2020 Department of Medicine Diversity Award

Dr.  Shellie Williams, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine has been named as the recipient of the Department of Medicine’s 2020 Diversity Award.  Dr. Williams has had a longstanding  commitment and has made significant contributions to the cultural diversity in the health professions and in the reduction of health care disparities. Her work has had a sustained positive effect on the cultural climate impacting her patients, her trainees and mentees,  in the Department of Medicine, South Side communities, and beyond. Dr. Williams has been a member of the Department since 2007 where she has … Read More

Valerie Press,MD & Justin Kline,MD – Recipients of Leif B. Sorensen,MD,PhD Research Award

The  Department of Medicine awarded the 2020 Leif B. Sorensen,MD,PhD Faculty Research Award to two rising stars: Dr. Justin Kline, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hematology/Oncology, and Dr. Valerie Press, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine. The recipients were announced on September 15, 2020 at a virtual Departmental awards ceremony. Dr. Press is a highly accomplished clinical researcher who is developing a national reputation as an expert in patient and system level interventions for improving the care for patients with obstructive lung disease across care transitions. Her academic efforts span from research … Read More

Monica Peek,MD & Mark Ratain,MD- Recipients of Arthur Rubenstein Faculty Mentorship Award

The Department of Medicine recently awarded the 2020 Arthur Rubenstein Faculty Mentorship Award to two excellent mentors: Dr. Monica Peek, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine, and Dr. Mark Ratain, the Leon Jacobson Professor of Medicine in the Section of  Hematology/Oncology. The recipients were announced on September 15, 2020  at a virtual Departmental awards ceremony. Dr. Peek is an outstanding health services researcher dedicated to advancing health equity. She has a long-standing track record of mentorship that has been integral in the development of academic physicians focused on health disparities and community health. She has … Read More