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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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Ronald T Ackermann

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics), Medical Social Sciences and Medicine (Endocrinology)

My work focuses on ways to improve health and healthcare through the efficient coordination of health promotion and disease prevention activities across healthcare and community settings. I am considered a national expert in pragmatic research and natural experiments to improve the prevention and control of diabetes and other chronic conditions. My additional interests include advancing health equity, eliminating health disparities, healthcare provider interventions, quality improvement, cost effectiveness analysis, behavioral economics, and strategies for engaging community members and policy...

Stephen B Hanauer

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Seok-Jo Kim

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Exploring the role of mitochondrial DNA in alveolar epithelial aging and lung diseases. - the epigenetic regulation of Klotho in cigarette smoke extract-induced lung epithelial cell DNA damage and lung diseases (e.g. lung fibrosis, COPD..). - the role of SIRT3 in maintaining AT2 cell mtDNA by preserving mt-OGG1/ ACO-2 function important for limiting AEC mitophagy defects, apoptosis and lung fibrosis.

Steven M Belknap

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

I am interested in computational medicine and specifically pharmacoalgorithmics, informally defined as "the study of what the drug prescription does to the patient." Drug therapy is more than just drugs, it includes the instructions for safely and effectively using the drugs and the resources to support those instructions (e.g., nurses, pharmacists, physicians, infusion pumps, and drug concentration measurements). A prescription is a health-care program implemented by a physician or other qualified practitioner in the form of instructions that govern the plan of care for an individual patient....

A Charlotta Weaver

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Charlotta Weaver is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of Operations for Oncology and Gynecology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2005 and completed internal medicine residency at Northwestern in 2008, when she joined the Division of Hospital Medicine as an oncology hospitalist. In 2016 she completed a Master’s Degree in Health Quality and Patient Safety from NU. In addition to her operational role, she also serves as Director of Faculty Development and Recru...

Atsushi Kato

Associate Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology) and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Local immunity in the airway; airway epithelial cell biology; mast cell biology; the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis. A long-recognized property of airway epithelial cells is their function as a complex physical barrier that defends against exposure to potentially harmful inhaled substances and microbial pathogens. It is now clear that airway epithelial cells also regulate both innate and adaptive immunity through production of functional molecules and via physical interactions with immune cells. Our laboratory is focused on the role of epithelial cytokines including BAFF, TSLP and IL-1...

Gary Noskin

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Antimicrobial resistance, Infection of the immunocompromised host, Nosocomial infections

Marcus Ernst Peter

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.

Michael S Wolf

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Medical Social Sciences

My work focuses on 1) the study of cognitive, psychosocial, and health system factors that affect a person's ability to successfully manage health, and 2) the design of practical, scalable interventions to help individuals and families access, understand, and use health information to make appropriate health decisions and adopt recommended behaviors. Our HeLP lab has particular interests in aging, multi-morbidity, medication regimen safety and adherence. Most of our work is interventional and leverages health and consumer technologies as appropriate to 'hardwire' patient education, counseling,...

Marla A Mendelson

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Pediatrics

Adult Congenital Heart disease Heart disease and Pregnancy with ongoing research in Preconception evaluation Women's cardiovascular health during her lifetime

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