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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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James D Flaherty

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Flaherty is an associate professor of medicine in Interventional Cardiology and severes as the medical director of the coronary care unit (CCU) of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and advanced heart failure & transplant cardiology. He has severed as the principal investigator for several research trials, including those related to heart valve therapies. He is the course director for the CME conference: Chicago Case-Based Coronary & Structural Heart Intervention Update. In 2012, he was a recipient o...

G Randy Smith, Jr

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Randy Smith is a career hospitalist and currently serves as Unit Medical Director for Unit 16 West at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has served as an implementation mentor in four Federally or privately funded multihospital quality improvement programs. His quality improvement experience includes direct involvement in development projects at thirteen hospitals throughout his career, with project focus ranging from prevention of unplanned readmissions, optimization of hospital throughput, design of handover systems and diagnosis notification systems for discharged patients, inpatient medica...

A Aziz Aadam

Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Dr. Aadam is an interventional gastroenterologist with specialized expertise in gastrointestinal oncology as well as complex pancreas and biliary disorders. He is part of a mutli-disciplinary team that incorporates the latest research and state of the art technology into a patient centered comprehensive care plan. He is active in clinical research and has been invited to present his work at several national conferences. Dr. Aadam has undergone additional training to perform advanced endosopic procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ERCP, and stent placement within the GI tract. He is c...

Leonidas C Platanias

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

chronic leukemias, multiple myeloma, non-hodgkin's lymphoma

David J VanderWeele

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.

Alan R Hauser

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Our laboratory investigates the pathogenesis of the multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Klebsiella pneumonia. We focus on virulence factors such as the type III secretion, an apparatus that injects toxins directly into host cells. Other interests are the use of genomic approaches for the identification of novel virulence determinants and the development of novel translational approaches to treat bacterial infections. Our studies utilize a broad range of techniques, including molecular and cellular assays as well as animal models and e...

Peter Kahrilas

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

Esophageal disorders, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Swallowing disorders

Rowland W Chang

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology), Medicine (Rheumatology) and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Rowland Chang is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist interested in the outcomes of individuals and populations with arthritis and chronic joint symptoms. He sees patients at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where he also teaches clinical rheumatology to medical students and residents. He is a faculty member of the Feinberg School of Medicine's Medical Decision Making course and co-leads an epidemiology course in the Graduate School. He thereby participates in the epidemiology education of medical, public health and other graduate students. His research interests focus on understanding and impr...

Asish K Ghosh

Research Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Major Research Interests: Molecular Basis of Organ Fibrosis: Development of Epigenetic Fibrosis Therapy. Hyperactivity of differentiated fibroblasts causes an excessive synthesis and deposition of extracellular matrix proteins in the tissues that leads to organ fibrosis, a major cause of disease-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Fibrosis is a common end-stage pathological symptom of a wide spectrum of injury or stress related multi-organ diseases such as hypertension-induced accelerated cardiac and renal aging, myocardial infarction, liver cirrhosis, systemic sclerosis and idiopathic ...

Cheryl L Wilkes

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

Primary care internal medicine, Women's healthcare

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