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Medicine Matters October 11, 2018
October 2018

Ghossein Named Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

Ghossein Named Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

The Department is thrilled to announce Cybele Ghossein, MD, Professor in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, where she will lead efforts to enhance faculty engagement, development, and the successful alignment of our distinctive aims as academicians, clinicians, researchers, and educators. Dr. Ghossein is a longtime member and leader in the Department, having served as Clinical Practice Director for our Medical Specialties practices over the last decade and now as Associate Chief in the Division of Nephrology, a role that she will maintain. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ghossein on this well-deserved promotion and also in expressing our tremendous thanks to Gary Martin, MD, Raymond J. Langenbach, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, for his years of service in this role. We are pleased to note that Dr. Martin will transition his role to Senior Vice Chair, where he will focus on special projects, including our continued efforts to optimize the new EPIC system and the coordination of our upcoming Department Review with the University’s office of Program Review.

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Faculty Secure Major New Awards

The Department enjoyed a hot streak this summer with a remarkable number of large and prestigious awards, notably including the renewal of the Cancer Center core grant by Leon Plantanias, MD, PhD, Director, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Hematology and Oncologythe first-time awarding of an O’Brien Center core grant to Susan Quaggin, MD, Charles H. Mayo, MD, Professor and Chief in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, as well as a first-time, first-submission core grant to John Pandolfino, MD, Chief and Hans Popper Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and an exciting new AHA Strategically Focused Research Network award to Rod Passman, MD, Jules J. Reingold Professor of Electrophysiology in the Division of Cardiology. These awards, along with nearly 700 others in FY18, brought the Department’s award total to just under $165 million for the year, which is more than half of the total for all clinical departments and more than one-third the total for all of Feinberg.

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McNally Leads Way to Potential Cure for Muscular Dystrophy

In a study led by Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, scientists were able to generate both skeletal and cardiac muscle using the same stem cell population for the first time. The study, published in Nature Communications, suggests a pathway to cure for muscle dystrophy.

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ASCI 'Punches' Pandolfino's Ticket

We are proud to congratulate John Pandolfino, MD, Chief and Hans Popper Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, on his induction earlier this year to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Pandolfino’s research and clinical leadership has helped to shape the field of esophogeal medicine, following in the footsteps of his mentor Peter Kahrilas, MD, Gilbert H. Marquardt Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, who along with more than 20 other faculty in the Department is also a distinctive member of the ASCI.  And when Dr. Pandolfino is not battling esophageal disease in the lab or clinic, he’s fighting to improve the future for Chicagoland inner-city youth.

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Department Celebrates Faculty Promotions, Investitures

On September 17th, The Department hosted its annual recognition for all faculty promoted in 2018 and those newly invested into an endowed professorship. These accomplishments are hallmarks of the Department’s aims for distinctive impact in science and medicine and these faculty are outstanding ambassadors for the very best of what we endeavor to be. Congratulations to all.

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Faculty Spotlight: Jane Winter, MD

Jane N. Winter, MD, professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology discusses her journey from research to mentorship.

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