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Feinberg invites you to meet our faculty. Using faculty profiles, you can search for an expert, locate scientific collaborators, or identify a mentor for your training experience. The Faculty Affairs Office coordinates the academic appointment process; directs recruiting for Feinberg’s chair- and director-level positions; and supports faculty in their continued development.

At a Glance

Feinberg offers a premier medical education and top-notch research programs in large part because of the expertise, experience, and dedication of its faculty. Numbering about 4,000, the medical school's faculty roster includes some of the best minds and hearts in medicine and biomedical research. Many have gained national and international prominence.

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Lauren C Balmert, PhD

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Balmert's research interests are primarily collaborative and have included investigating mortality trends by various geographic and demographic factors. She has been particularly interested in examining patterns in overdose deaths, as well as considering occupational and environmental impacts on mortality. Her methodological research focuses on nonparametric methods for time-to-event data analysis.

Maryam K Pezhouh, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Pathology

My primary research interests are in the field of Gastrointestinal Pathology, with particular interest in Inflammatory bowel disease and infection.

Rimas V Lukas, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuro-oncology)

Dr. Lukas, sub-specializing in neuro-oncology, is interested in the care of patients with primary brain tumors and spinal cord tumors as well as central nervous system (CNS) metastases. Dr. Lukas's research centers on clinical trials in neuro-oncology. Additionally, he has a strong interest in medical education in the U.S. and internationally and conducts research in neuroscience medical education.

Jinny O Tavee, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuromuscular Disease)

Dr. Tavee is a neuromuscular physician with a special interest in neuropathy, neurosarcoidosis and integrative holistic medicine. In addition to her neuromuscular and sarcoidosis research, she has been involved with clinical studies on the effects of meditation in neurological disorders, and has led meditation retreats for patients, physicians, and U.S. Marines returning from the Gulf War through the Wounded Warriors program.

Jeffrey A Linder, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, FACP is a general internist and primary care clinician-investigator. Dr. Linder is the Michael A. Gertz Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Linder received his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine, did a Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has a Masters of Public Health degree from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Linder was on faculty at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2002 to 2017.

Marina  Arvanitis, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

I am a primary care pediatrician and internist, and a health services researcher. My research focuses on health literacy and patient engagement, including the development of health literacy-related quality measures and primary care-based interventions aimed at improving health outcomes. As a primary care physician for patients of all ages, I am particularly interested in how children develop health literacy skills within their families and larger communities, and interventions that can enhance family health literacy.

Gemma L Carvill, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology - Ken and Ruth Davee Department and Pharmacology

The primary aim of our research is to identify the genetic factors and biological mechanisms that cause epilepsy. We use a variety of sequencing technologies to identify new genetic causes in both the DNA regions that code for proteins (genes) and those that control the expression of these genes (regulatory regions). The second mission of our lab is to capitalize on the advances in gene discovery in epilepsy to create neuronal models of this disorder. Many of these 'epilepsy' genes are involved in the control of expression of other genes. In other words, they are responsible for switching certain genes 'on' or 'off' during the development and/or functioning of the brain. This switching is dependent on the 3D structure of DNA - called the epigenome. We use stem cell biology to create models of these 'epigenetic' genes to study how mutations affect the structure of the epigenome and the pathways affected. Identifying these pathways are the first step in finding new targets for therapeutics.

Christina E Boots, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Endo and Infertility)

Infertility, assisted reproductive technology, polycystic ovary syndrome, effects of nutrition and metabolism on reproductive outcomes, recurrent pregnancy loss, fertility preservation, and diminished ovarian reserve.

J. Chad Duncan, PhD

Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

My current research interests include psychosocial aspects of disability, prosthetics/orthotics and the world of work, and outcome measures. For the past few years I have been investigating how to determine appropriate protocols for prosthetic and orthotic patients based on informed decision making.

Monica M Laronda, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

The Laronda Lab investigates fundamental regenerative medicine problems using stem cells and supportive biomimetic environments. Our main objective is to develop a patient-specific ovarian follicle niche that will support systemic endocrine function and fertility in women and girls with disorders of sex development or premature ovarian failure.

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