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Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics   Dr. Finn
Dr. Patricia Finn, Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine recently co-authored a book chapter in Health Disparities in Respiratory Medicine entitled “Where Do We Go from Here? Improving Disparities in Respiratory Health”.

This book discusses health disparities in respiratory medicine and suggests methods to reduce them. The chapter co-authored by Dr. Finn focuses on health disparities and health equality that adversely affect groups of people who have experienced greater obstacles to health based on characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion, pursuing environmental justice and a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. KrishnanDr. Jerry Krishnan, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, has been awarded a four-year, $13.7 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to lead a multi-center clinical trial of two drugs used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Krishnan, along with co-principal investigators Dr. Robert Wise of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and John Walsh, co-founder and president of the COPD Foundation will lead this clinical trial at 50 U.S. centers.

The trial will compare the benefits and risks of two medications currently used to treat COPD — roflumilast, an anti-inflammatory, and azithromycin, an antibiotic. Congratulations to Dr. Krishnan and his colleagues on receiving this prestigious research award from PCORI. To read more visit:



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Department of Medicine


Celebrating American Heart Month

American Heart Month at UICOn Sunday, February 7th, the Division of Cardiology collaborated with UI Health's departments of pharmacy and nursing and with WomenHeart, the national coalition for women with heart disease, to host a bilingual community outreach event celebrating American Heart Month. Dr. Olga Garcia-Bedoya, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Dr. Joan Briller, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology gave a talk entitled “What Every Woman Needs to Know to Have a Healthy Heart”. 

American Heart month

UI Health aims to provide hope to women and be one step closer to ensuring that every woman has access to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease. In addition, UIC performed blood pressure screening, taught CPR, and were available to answer questions from patients about heart disease risk factors and treatment.

Thank you to all who participated during this day.
Dr. Lash

Nephrology is Awarded Partnership

Dr. James Lash, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, was awarded a partnership under the International Society of Nephrology Sister Renal Center Program in collaboration with Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia "Ignacio A. Chavez" in Mexico City. This program focuses on building education, research, and clinical collaborations between the two centers. Through collaboration with Dr. Magdalena Madero, Dr. Lash is in the process of recruiting a cohort of Mexicans with chronic kidney disease into an observational study.

Dr. Jeffrey Ryan

New Chief of Medicine at Jesse Brown VA

Dr. Jeffrey Ryan has been appointed Chief of Medicine at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital. Dr. Ryan has had a long relationship with the Department of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School in 1997 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois Hospital. He then completed a chief residency with the University of Illinois.

Dr. Ryan has practiced primary care at the Jesse Brown VA since completion of his chief residency and went on to become the chief of primary care, followed by the associate chief of staff for ambulatory care. Dr. Ryan is committed to the tradition of supporting outstanding chiefs of medicine and the mission of the VA and University. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Ryan. 

Dr. Jun Sun

Dr. Sun is Awarded The American Physiology Society 2016 International Opportunity Program Award

Dr. Jun Sun, Associate Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, received an American Physiology Society 2016 International Opportunity Program Award to organize a 2-day international microbiome symposium and workshop entitled “East Meets West: Advances in Gut Microbiome effects on Pathophysiology of Human Diseases”. This symposium will be held on March 5 and 6th, 2016, in Yangzhou, China.

Dr. Sun was also invited to be the American Cancer Society Ambassador to advocate for cancer research. Congratulations Dr. Sun! 

Urban Global Health Celebration 2016

Date: April 15, 2016Willis tower
Time: 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.
Location: The Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60612


We are proud to be part of a nationwide movement to promote urban global health awareness and activism that will benefit our community, state and nation and further the cause of international understanding and improvement to health delivered globally.

All Proceeds and donations benefit our Urban Global Health Program allowing students and young doctors to provide healthcare and participate in educational activities in India and the Dominican Republic.

$150 General Admission
$200 VIP Admission (exclusive access to the famous Ledge on the 103rd floor)
Purchase tickets here:

Parking is available at Tower Parking located on Franklin St between Adams and Jackson St. Parking is $15.

Entering Willis Tower
Guests should enter Willis Tower through the Franklin St lobby (232 S Franklin St). A government issued photo ID will need to be provided in order to check in with security. Take the elevators to the 66th floor.

Evening dress cocktail attire  

Dr. Bleasdale video

Dr. Bleasdale Talks About Zika Virus

Dr. Susan Bleasdale, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was interviewed by ABC News on the Zika Virus. Spring break is approaching, which means warm weather vacations for many Chicagoans. Doctors predict some of the people who go to infected countries in the Caribbean or South America will come back with Zika. Dr. Bleasdale made it clear that as people return, and develop symptoms, it has to be awareness of the physicians to test for the virus. Click here to view video

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VA Information Resource Center Renewed

The Veteran's Affairs Information Resource Center (VIReC) based at Hines VA was renewed for 5 more years through September 2020. Funding for the Core center is $690,000 per year. This renewal launches VIReC into its 18th year of continuous funding to serve as a research resource center focused on assisting researchers in understanding and using the vast and complex VA data for research and quality improvement.
The Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago has leveraged experience from VIReC in understanding work with large data warehousing and data governance. VIReC has also benefited from collaboration with our CCTS and faculty. VIReC also has separately funded programs in VA/CMS Data Linkage ($1.2 M/year) and Data Consultation for VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative ($100K/year). 

Meet our Division Chiefs!

 Rachel Caskey MD   Darbar    Kukreja   Jung
Rachel Caskey, MD
Chief, Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
  Dawood Darbar, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiology
  Subhash Kukreja, MD
Interim Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  Barbara Jung, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Rondelli    Novak   Arruda    Dudek
Damiano Rondelli, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology/ Oncology
  Richard Novak, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
  Jose A.L. Arruda, MD
Chief, Division of Nephrology
  Steve Dudek, MD
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep & Allergy
William Swedler, MD
Chief, Division of Rheumatology 



Heart Failure Awareness Week is February 15-20th, 2016

The Department of Cardiology, along with the Department of Pharmacy and College of Nursing, will host events during this week to educate people on heart disease. Blood pressure screening, heart healthy diet education and various educational handouts will be offered. We encourage students to participate and assist us with blood pressure screening and educating people on heart health.

American Heart Month at UICThere will be a table in the lobby of the hospital and the Outpatient Care Center (2 days at each site) Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm. We encourage students to interact with patients, family members and staff. This is a great opportunity for hands-on experience for our students.