Department of Medicine

About Us

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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What We Do

Faculty Spotlight

Sergejs Berdnikovs

Associate 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...

Richard M Pope

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Macrophage, Apoptosis, Cytokine, Gene Regulation

Eytan Szmuilowicz

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Palliative Care is a subspecialty that focuses on the relief or prevention of suffering -- physical, psychological, or spiritual -- in patients or families facing a life-threatening illness. My interests lie in advanced symptom management and the role palliative care can play in an intergrated healthcare system.

Elizabeth Engman

Instructor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Comprehensive care of adults, Women's healthcare

Dan J Fintel

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Anti-thrombotic therapy, Atrial fibrillation, Cardiac stress testing, Cardiovascular critical care, Coronary heart disease, Ischemic heart disease, Nuclear cardiology

Sunandana Chandra

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

I have an interest in the development of clinical trials, as well as studying novel biomarkers that may be used as prognostic and predictive tools in the management of melanoma and other advanced skin cancers, as well as cancer of unknown primary.

YouYang Zhao

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Pharmacology

Youyang Zhao, Ph.D., is William G. Swartchild, Jr. Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Program for Lung and Vascular Biology at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), and Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Zhao joined Lurie Children’s in July 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he started with Assistant Professor in ...

Allison J Hahr

Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Dr. Hahr is interested in disorders of endocrinology. She specializes in disorders of calcium and bone, including osteoporosis, hyperparathyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. She also cares for patients with a variety of thyroid disorders, diabetes mellitus, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, pituitary disease and adrenal disease.

Derek A Wainwright

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology), Microbiology-Immunology and Neuroscience

Our laboratory utilizes DNA sequencing, gene expression profiling, proteomic analyses, flow cytometric methodology and many other basic techniques to pursue goals that are ultimately translatable for improving health and overall survival in patients with brain cancer. Although our research is primarily focused on malignant glioma, with a special emphasis on glioblastoma, we are also interested in pursuing incurable pediatric brain tumors, as well as metastatic tumors that invade the brain/spinal cord. It is our sincere hope that, the basic mechanistic investigations that we carry out, uncover ...

Steven Wolinsky

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Infectious diseases