Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

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Dedicated to the future of care

The Department of Medicine provides residents with a thorough, broad-based education while giving patients individualized care through Feinberg-affiliated hospitals and care sites and conducting high-level basic and clinical research through our 12 specialized internal medicine divisions.

“As with everything we do, whether at the bedside, in the classroom or in the laboratory, we are constantly striving for excellence.”

Douglas E. Vaughan, MD

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Jeffrey A Sosman, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

I have been an active clinical investigator vested in the immune-based therapy of melanoma. This has led to my role in the clinical development of initially Interleukin-2 and more recently anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD1/PDL-1. While checkpoint therapy has been a great breakthrough in cancer treatment, additional immune-based strategies are still critically needed. Efforts to identify mechanisms of resistance to checkpoint inhibitors and approaches to overcome de novo and acquired resistance are one of my major interest. In addition I have ongoing efforts in the personalized therapy of melanoma with ...

James M Walter, MD

Instructor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

James Walter, MD is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician and Medical Director of the Northwestern Lung Rescue Program. Dr. Walter attended Princeton University followed by medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan followed by fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Walter’s clinical interests are in the care of adult patients with acute respiratory failure and shock including the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. His r...

Bradley P Knight, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

As the Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since November 2009, Dr. Knight remains clinically acitive with a broad range of clinical and research interests in the field of Heart Rhythm Disorders. These interests range from catheter ablation for complex arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, to fundamental issues related to the basic mechanisms of various types of heart rhythm disorders, and the use of imaging in the electrophysiology laboratory to guide ablation procedures and device implantation. He is involved in several multicenter clinical tri...

Richard K Burt, MD

Professor of Medicine (Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases)

The Division of Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases (DIAD) is the only center in the world devoted to a unique area of treatment and research utilizing stem cell transplantation in clinical trials for autoimmune diseases and vascular diseases. DIAD pioneered and performed America’s first hematopoietic stem cell transplants to treat: Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Diabetes, Lupus, Crohn’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), Phemphigus, Dermatomyositis, Devic’s, Myasthenia Gravis, Polymositis and Scleroderma

Sergejs Berdnikovs, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology)

The question of primary interest in my lab is why only select individuals, despite being genetically similar and living in the same allergen environment, are prone to developing allergic disease, and which processes drive this predisposition? To address this, we employ a systems biology approach and bioinformatics to explore whether there is underlying unity in the pathogenesis of seemingly disparate allergic diseases. By synthesizing large volumes of biological data, we link departures from homeostatic conditions (including changes in metabolic, developmental, and endocrine systems) at the ep...

Marcus Ernst Peter, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The lab of Dr. Marcus E. Peter studies various forms of cell death including apoptosis, which is a fundamental process to regulate homeostasis of all tissues and to eliminate unwanted cells specifically in the immune system. Another interest lies in the study of RNA interference and based on toxic RNAs to development a novel form of cancer treatment. The laboratory is located within the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University.

Christopher P Hogrefe, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery

I have particular interest in the management of orthopaedic conditions and injuries, both in the Emergency Department and the outpatient clinic setting. This includes the management of both sport-related entities to acute traumatic injuries.

Michael G Ison, MD

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

My primary clinical and research area focuses on infections in transplant recipients. My research is further focused on viral infections including norovirus, CMV and respiratory viral infections (influenza, adenovirus) in transplant recipients.

Ikuo Hirano, MD

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, Esophageal motility disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Swallowing disorders

Yashpal S Kanwar, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension)

Diagnostic immunology and Renal pathology

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