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

Michael J Cuttica

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

I am committed to a career in patient-oriented research related to pulmonary vascular disease. Exploring the clinical impact and the mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with underlying lung disease is my primary research interest. This interest stems from my clinical experience over the last several years developing and building the Northwestern Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Pulmonary hypertension is a common complication seen in patients with lung disease, specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although the association between the presence of PH in COPD...

Martha L Twaddle

Clinical Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Dr. Twaddle combines nearly thirty years of experience in the care of seriously ill people and their families in a variety of areas of service. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care at Northwestern Medicine - Lake Forest Hospital. Her academic work includes developing curriculum, guidelines and models of care for healthcare professionals to provide care for the seriously ill in all settings. In addition, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, she works with teams that are evaluating the impact of communication skills training on...

Rachel O'Conor

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

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...

Philip Greenland

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Greenland is the Harry W. Dingman Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a Senior Editor for JAMA. He held previous positions as Department Chair of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, and Director of Northwestern’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He has been actively engaged as a cardiovascular epidemiologist in the MESA Study, the CARDIA Study, the Women’s Health Initiative, the Chicago Heart Association Detection Project i...

Jeffrey A Linder

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, FACP is a general internist and primary care clinician-investigator. Dr. Linder is the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Linder received his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine, did a Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has a Masters of Public Health degree from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Josh Levitsky

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Medical Education and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

Liver transplantation, immunosuppression, biomarkers of rejection and chronic kidney disease in liver recipients, immunological tolerance

Wenyu Huang

Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

Dr. Wenyu Huang is currently an Assistant Professor at the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, co-director of the Comprehensive Metabolic Core and Core Lab Director of the Clinical Research Unit at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Huang received his MD degree from Beijing Medical University and his PhD degree in neuroendocrinology at Northwestern University. After completing his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology at Northwestern McGaw Medical Center, Dr. Huang has stayed on faculty at this prestigious academic medica...

Mercedes Carnethon

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Epidemiologic studies of cardiovascular disease, with a focus on health behaviors including diet, physical activity and sleep and in populations defined by race/ethnicity, age and gender.

Claudia A Hawkins

Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

I am an Associate Professor of Medicine-Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. My primary clinical and research interests are in HIV and Viral Hepatitis Co-infection and Global Health. I am Principal and Co-Investigator on a number of epidemiological studies of HIV, Viral Hepatitis B and C, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the US, Tanzania and Nigeria. I serve as Director of the Viral Hepatitis/HIV Co-infection Program within the Division of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern and treat patients with HIV and viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases in...