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Hospital Medicine

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The Division of Hospital Medicine is defining a new standard of excellence by delivering collaborative, compassionate and comprehensive care to high-complexity patients and their families, by researching and innovating to make a positive impact on patient and health system outcomes and by shaping the next generation of medical professionals through mentorship and education.

Our greatest strength is our people. We know that the best way to ensure the highest quality care for our patients is to make every effort to support our healthcare professionals.”

– Kevin J. O’Leary, MD

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Faculty: Meet the Team

View individual profiles of our faculty members and learn about their research and clinical specialties.

Ryan J Buck

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Hospital based quality improvement

Jeffrey H Barsuk

Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Medical Education

Jeffrey H. Barsuk, MD, MS, SFHM is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was one of the first three hospitalists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and helped to shape the development of that program which now includes more than 60 hospitalists. In 2010, he completed a Master’s of Science ...

Darren V Boyd

Instructor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (2016)

Kathy J Neely

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Acute medical problems in primary care, Palliative care

Cheryl K Lee

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Pediatrics

I am a hospital-based physician, in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Northwestern Memorial and Lurie Children's Hospitals. In addition, I serve as key clinical faculty in the Internal Medicine Residency, which affords me the opportunity to further the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine among our trainees.

Abby N Agulnek

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Medical Informatics, Health Information Systems

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.

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 M Cyrus

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Rachel has been the Clinical Practice Director for the Division of Hospital Medicine at Northwestern since 2012. Her current roles include Key Medical Director for General Medicine, co-chair of the Department of Medicine Quality Management Committee, and Quality and Safety Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. At the national level, Rachel has served on the Society of Hospital Medicine Practice Management Committee and has spoken on teamwork and interdisciplinary rounding. Honors include being named one of ACP’s 10 top hospitalists in 2017 and being selected for members...

Gopi J Astik

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Clinical documentation, Operations, Quality and Patient Safety

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Diversity and Inclusion

The department works toward an environment of inclusion and support through the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council and through several dedicated events and initiatives.

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Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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