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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Jayesh Mehta, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Myeloma, Transplantation

Mita S Goel, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

Dr. Sanghavi Goel has been on faculty at Northwestern since 2004, following her Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her Fellowship in General Medicine at the combined Harvard General Medicine Program.

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

Lisa M Neff, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

My primary research is designed to investigate factors which may be involved in the process of metabolic adaptation to weight loss in individuals who have become overweight or obese. This adaptive process, which leads to a reduction in energy expenditure, increased hunger, and decreased satiety or fullness, is thought to contribute to the high rates of recidivism seen with obesity treatments. Another area of interest is nutritional interventions for obesity-related metabolic disorders. In addition, I serve as an investigator for multi-center trials of new therapeutic options for the treatment ...

David J VanderWeele, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Dr. VanderWeele did his medical and research training at the University of Chicago, where he developed a research program characterizing the heterogeneity and evolution of the cancer genome. He moved to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, where he continued to seek to improve the treatment of prostate cancer based on patients’ specific genetic changes. He returned to Chicago in 2018 to join the GU cancer team at Northwestern University, where he continues to translate discoveries made at the bench into improved therapies in the clinic.

Aparna Kalyan, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My primary interests are in developing novel therapeutic combinations for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. I am interested in incorporating immunotherapy and molecular testing into clinical trials.

Dorothy D Dunlop, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Dunlop is a health services researcher with expertise in statistical methodology. Her applied research interests include the investigation of physical activity to prevent disability in older adults and to understand the consequences of arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. She co-authored a book on statistical methodology; she has published and applied statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. Dr. Dunlop is the principle investigator on an NIH-funded epidemiologic study on the relationship of physical activity to reduce disability and an NIH-funded study to evaluate the...

David S Oyer, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Concierge medicine practice doing primary care and diabetes for a smaller number of patients.

Rachel O'Conor, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

I am a health services and public health researcher. My research focuses on understanding cognitive and psychosocial determinants of chronic disease self-management behaviors and health outcomes. I am interested in the design and evaluation of pragmatic, health system and community-based self-management support interventions for chronically ill adults who experience significant social and economic hardship. Additionally, my research seeks to understand and address self-care complexity for individuals with multiple chronic conditions and bridge the gap between complex medical systems and indivi...

Peter Kahrilas, MD

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Esophageal disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Swallowing disorders

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