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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Lisa B VanWagner, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Preventive Medicine

Dr. VanWagner is board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology and Transplant Hepatology and holds active medical licensure in the state of Illinois. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2007. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL in 2010 and then served as Chief Medical Resident from 2010-2011. She also obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from the Northwestern University Graduate School in 2011. Dr. VanWagner ...

Amisha Wallia, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

My clinical research is focused on the disease state of diabetes mellitus, with application to high risk populations such as solid organ transplant patients. My research portfolio includes retrospective cohort studies, small and large clinical trials and intervention studies, and quantitative research methods examining patient safety and quality improvement.

Abby N Agulnek, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Medical Informatics, Health Information Systems

Teresa K Woodruff, PhD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine), McCormick School of Engineering, Medical Social Sciences and Medicine (Endocrinology)

Teresa K. Woodruff Ph.D. is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Professor of Molecular Biosciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. She is also the Director of the Center for Reproductive Science, Founder and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and Director of the Oncofertility Consortium. She is an internation...

Jayson T Neagle, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

My clinical practice is focused within an inpatient palliative medicine consultation service comprised of a multidisciplinary team of professionals. I'm working with my colleagues to improve the communication skills of our students, residents, and fellows-- especially with regard to goals of care and advance care planning. We strive to be experts in symptom management for those facing serious illness at any stage and provide a holistic team approach to caring for patients and families.

Emily D Szmuilowicz, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

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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.

Cynthia A Lagone, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

In my clinic I focus on preventive health and primary care. I try to take a holistic approach when caring for my patients and incorporate their health objectives into their health care plan.

Darren M Brenner, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Surgery

Gastrointestinal motility disorders and pelvic floor disorders including but not limited to Constipation/Fecal Incontinence/Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Dyspepsia/Gastroparesis/Opioid related bowel dysfunction as well as complications of systemic motility disorders with an emphasis on Scleroderma.

Peter Kahrilas, MD

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Esophageal disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Swallowing disorders

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