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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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Mary McDermott

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

Comprehensive care of adults, Peripheral vascular disease, Preventive medicine

Namratha R Kandula

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)

My primary research interests are to: 1) Eliminate health disparities by working with individuals and their communities to develop prevention interventions that reach underserved populations; 2) Inform health care system delivery of prevention that is patient and community-centered. My research integrates perspectives and methods from public health, social sciences, clinical science and public engagement because finding solutions to health disparities in an increasingly diverse U.S. population requires working across disciplines and beyond the walls of academia.

Bin Zhang

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Microbiology-Immunology

Cancer immunology and immunotherapy. The Zhang laboratory functions as an integrated translational research program with the goal of designing and developing new immunotherapies and immunologic strategies for cancer treatment. The ongoing projects are focused on dissecting the molecular mechanisms used for tumor immune evasion based on the cutting-edge technical platforms.

Elizabeth A Eklund

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma

Kevin J O'Leary

Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Kevin is Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Chair for Quality in the Department of Medicine, and Medical Director for Quality for Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine Academy for Quality and Safety Improvement (NM AQSI), a professional development program to train leaders in quality improvement. In 2015, AQSI received the Leape Ahead Award from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Sanjiv J Shah

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Sanjiv J. Shah, MD is the Neil Stone, MD Professor in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine; Director of the T1 Center for Cardiovascular Therapeutics; and Director of the Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Shah’s clinical expertise and research focuses on heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), which is one of the most prevalent cardiovascular diseases and for which there are few proven treatments. In 2007, Dr. Shah started the first dedicated HFpEF program in the world at Northwestern...

Jeffrey N Savas

Assistant Professor of Neurology (Behavioral Neurology), Medicine (Nephrology and Hypertension) and Pharmacology

My research interests are centered on elucidating the pathogenic mechanisms which drive synaptopathies and proteinopathies in the mammalian nervous system. As a first step, we use reductionist biochemical approaches with discovery-based proteomic analysis to generate unbiased hypothesizes. Next, we test and characterize candidate proteins and pathways for potential functional relevance with molecular approaches. Ultimately, the goal of my research is to identify keystone proteins and proteomes as potential therapeutic targets to hopefully ameliorate neurodevelopmental and degenerative diseases.

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.

David M Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology)

I perform primary and secondary endoscopic (non-surgical) therapies for obesity, including placement of the Orbera gastric balloon, the Aspire Assist device and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. I also perform gastro-jejunal outlet reduction for weight regain after bariatric surgery. I have also been trained to use the EsophyX device (TIF procedure) as a minimally invasive (non-surgical) treatment for GERD. I am also interested in endoscopic treatment of post-surgical complications and endoscopic suturing.

Dorothy D Dunlop

Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Preventive Medicine

Dr. Dunlop is a health services researcher with expertise in statistical methodology, physical activity assessment, and clinical trial design in the context of chronic disease research. As a rheumatology researcher, she has a longstanding interest in joint replacement and non-invasive interventions to improve the quality of life among people with arthritis. Her applied research interests include the investigation of behavioral factors to prevent disability in older adults with osteoarthritis. As a principal investigator, she led NIH-funded epidemiological studies investigating physical activit...

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