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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

Sharon Reifler Rosenberg

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr. Rosenberg’s clinical interests are in the care of asthma, COPD and alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Her research interests relate to co-morbidities of COPD, asthma and COPD re-hospitalization risk factors and interventions, and air pollution.

Karen M Ridge

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Cell and Developmental Biology

My research interests focus on the intermediate filaments (IFs), which are cytoskeletal structures that are crucial for maintaining the structural integrity of cells and tissues. In general, my lab focuses on the non-mechanical roles for the IF cytoskeleton such as how IFs regulate cell migration and cell survival, and the mechanisms by which IFs are a scaffold for stress-activated kinases and adaptor proteins. We investigated whether micromechanical forces, such as shear stress and stretch, had an effect on the keratin intermediate filament (IF) network in alveolar epithelial cells. We demons...

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...

Lisa Oldson

Clinical Instructor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

After practicing for 15 years in Primary Care and Internal Medicine, I obtained additional training and certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. My clinical focus now relates to weight management. Excess weight contributes to many disease states including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, heart disease, infertility, sleep apnea and even some types of cancer. There is a recent increase in scholarly research that provides improved tools to help those struggling with weight related concerns. My practice involves the most current evidence based...

Priya U Kumthekar

Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuro-oncology) and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My interests include treating primary brain tumors such as gliomas and meningiomas. I also have a specific interest in metastatic disease to the brain from systemic cancers such as melanoma, lung and breast cancer and lead multiple trials in both primary brain tumors and metastatic disease. I am interested in providing novel care to my patients while maintaining quality of life.

Chad J Achenbach

Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Preventive Medicine

My research is focused on ways to improve treatment and outcomes of patients with HIV on antiretroviral therapy. In particular, I am interested in strategies of HIV eradication, broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies, and the epidemiology of HIV-associated cancers.

Lisa E Flaum

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My clinical practice involves the medical treatment of breast cancer in women and men with a particular interest in young women with breast cancer. My clinical research endeavors involve chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, and novel therapies for the treatment of breast cancer. I am interested in ways to optimize and individualize breast cancer treatment based on patient characteristics as well as tumor specific molecular profiles.

Whitney W Stevens

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

Whitney W. Stevens MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine. She completed her bachelor and masters training at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from the University of Virginia’s Medical Scientist Training Program with both a PhD in Microbiology/Immunology and a MD. Finally, she completed her Residency in Internal Medicine and her Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program.

Khalilah Latrece Gates

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Education

Dr. Gates’ clinical interests include pulmonary infections, COPD, asthma, and sepsis. Her research interests relate to impairment of pulmonary host defense and immune mechanisms which contribute to pulmonary disease.