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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Lorenzo Gallon, MD

Professor of Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension) and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

I am currently the Medical Director of the Translational Medicine Program, the Director of International Relations and the Director of the Renal Transplant Fellowship. My primary research interests are: Role of immunosuppressive medications in modulating the immune system, Genomic of chronic renal allograft rejection, Chronic kidney disease after liver transplant, Prednisone-free and Calcineurin inhibitors free immunosuppressive protocols, new immunosuppressive strategies, FSGS, Aging and impact of physical exercise after kidney transplantation, tolerance induction.

J. Andrew Wasserstrom, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

We are using single photon confocal microscopy to measure intracellular Ca cycling in individual myocytes of intact rat and mouse hearts. Hearts are loaded with the Ca indicator fluo-4AM, allowing us to measure intracellular Ca at the submicron level. Ongoing projects include study of changes in Ca cycling in animal models of heart failure, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, spontaneous Ca release and cardiac arrhythmias.

Abel N Kho, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics)

Abel Kho received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed a residency and Chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed a NLM/NIH fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute before joining the faculty at Northwestern University. Abel is Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and Director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHiP www.healthinformationforall.org). He has served as PI for several regional or national projec...

Atsushi Kato, PhD

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...

Peng Gao, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

PhD - Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Post-doctoral scholar - Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Center at MUSC; Staff Scientist - Proteomics Center of Excellence at Northwestern University; Operation Director - Metabolomics Core Facility of RHLCCC at Northwestern University

Stephen L Adams, MD

Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

David J Mehlman, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Echocardiography, General cardiology, Prosthetic heart valve disease

Robert J Sobel, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)

I have devoted my career to maintaining a state--of-the-art but individualized approach to primary care medicine, endocrinology, and, most specifically, the care of patients with all forms of diabetes. My main area of academic focus is to advocate for a minimization of bureaucratic obstacles that interfere with the primacy of the patient-physician relationship.

Joshua M Lennon, MD

Instructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Pediatrics

I am trained in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. My interests involve hospital based medical care in both populations. I also have a strong interest in community based neonatal care. I am involved in medical education with medical and physician assistant students.

John D Crispino, PhD

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

Research in the Crispino laboratory is focused on investigating the regulatory mechanisms governing normal and malignant blood cell development, with an emphasis on understanding the growth of erythroid cells (red blood cells) and megakaryocytes (platelet-producing cells). In addition, the group has a major interest in learning how changes in normal essential regulatory molecules lead to human blood diseases, including acute leukemias and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). The lab seeks to make seminal basic science discoveries while simultaneously translating these discoveries in ways that ...

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