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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Alumni Association

Alumni Weekend 2020





Like you, we are closely monitoring the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and taking action to keep our community as safe as possible as this health crisis evolves. With the recent recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for the next 8 weeks, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Alumni Weekend 2020 outright. This cancellation includes all events, despite the size, that were scheduled to take place Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Please recognize that this is not ideal or preferred, however we are not able to reschedule these events. We do hope to plan things to engage, thank, and celebrate our incredibly important and beloved reunion classes. We apologize for any inconveniences and appreciate your understanding. If you registered to attend AW2020, we will refund your registration fees. We appreciate your patience and ask that you kindly let us know if you do not see your refund by Friday, April 3. Please remember to cancel ALL hotel and airline reservations.

There is no higher priority than the health and well-being of our community. We continue to partner with Northwestern University leadership and follow guidance from the CDC and medical professionals, making regular updates here to keep the Northwestern community informed with real-time information and FAQs.

Please take care of yourselves.

Babette Henderson

Director, Alumni Engagement

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Alumni Weekend 2020

Welcome back! Alumni Weekend is the cornerstone event for the Medical Alumni Association. Spend the weekend reconnecting with friends and classmates as you explore campus, participate in lectures and tours, and celebrate at class dinners. See you in Chicago!

View the Attendee List

Weekend Schedule

Meet in 303 (303 East Superior Street)

Make the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center your first stop on campus to pick up registration materials, then plan to return throughout each day to connect with classmates, enjoy refreshments, access Wi-Fi and more. Consider the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center your Alumni Weekend and Reunion Class Headquarters.

Please note that some events and lectures will overlap, so plan accordingly.

Click here for a downloadable version of the Alumni Weekend 2020 brochure.
Click here for a timetable of the weekend's events.
Click here for a campus map.

Please note: MD Alumni in reunion year will receive a copy of the Alumni Weekend 2020 brochure in their mailboxes around the New Year. 

**indicates that this session has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Schedule of Events

Thursday Events

alumni in method atrium

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 
Networking Reception
Method Atrium
(320 East Superior Street)

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Late Night Morning Report and Dinner
with Lewis Landsberg, MD
Call 312-908-1892 for details.
"Late Night" registration available online with Alumni Weekend Registration.

Friday Events

aw17 celebrate in chicago event
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Check-in and Registration
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
(303 East Superior Street)

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
AW Forums:

Brain Aging in the Days of Alzheimer’s Disease**
with Marsel Mesulam, MD

Global Health, Academic Institutions, and the Sustainable Development Goals**
with Robert L. Murphy, MD, ’81 GMER, ’84 GMEF

Navigating the Medical School Admissions Process: What Makes a Great Candidate in Today’s Environment

with Roopal V. Kundu ’97, ’01 MD, ’02 GMER

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Campus Tours:

  • - Anatomy Lab
  • - Northwestern Simulation Center

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
AW Forums:

Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment**
with William J. Gradishar, MD

Personalized Neurology: Development of Targeted Therapies for Neurodegenerative Diseases**
with Dimitri Krainc, MD

Planning for the Future: What Will Your Legacy Be?
with Camille Licklider, JD, and also featuring one of your fellow alumni

10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Hospital Tours:
must be 18 or older

  • - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
      led by Irwin Benuck, ’79 MD, ’82 GMER, PhD
  • - Northwestern Memorial Hospital

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
AW Forums:

How Precision Medicine and Artificial Intelligence Are Changing the Way Diseases are Diagnosed**
with Daniel J. Brat, MD, PhD

Understanding and Addressing the Unique Needs of Bisexual Individuals in the Domains of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Sexual Health**
with Brian A. Feinstein, PhD

That Was Then, This Is Now: Who’s Who in the Northwestern Neighborhood… The Historical Names Behind the Buildings
with alumnus Joseph Gugenheim, ’72 MD

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Mentoring Lunch with Feinberg Students and Fellow Alumni

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Conversations with the Dean
with Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
AW Forums:

A Contemporary View of Heart Failure: What All Doctors Should Know**
with Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc

Discoveries and Trends in Modern Ophthalmologic Care**
with Nicholas J. Volpe, MD

Health Inequities and Disparities and Lifting Health for All**
with Melissa A. Simon, MD

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Building Tour:

  • - Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Student-Led Medical Campus Tour for Alumni and Their Prospective Applicants  
Tour space is limited, and advanced registration is required to participate in the tours.

3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Women in Medicine Tea at the Historic Drake Hotel  
Space is limited.

Hospital Tours:
must be 18 or older

  • - Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Building Tour:

  • - Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate in Chicago! All Alumni Reception and Dinner
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
(303 East Superior Street)

8:00 p.m.
Young Alumni After-Party, Classes of 2005–2019
Timothy O’Toole’s
(622 North Fairbanks Court)

Saturday Events

Class of 1968 at 45th reunion dinner
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Late Check-in and Registration
Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
(303 East Superior Street)

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Fun Run/Walk

with Suzanne Semanson, ’06 DPT

Pancakes and Perspectives Breakfast
Complimentary admission for alumni members of the Class of 1970, celebrating their 50th reunion.

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Medical Alumni Association Board Annual Spring Meeting
For more information, please call 312-503-8012.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
AW Forum:

Exercise and Its Myriad Benefits for Parkinson’s Disease**
with Daniel M. Corcos, PhD

9:15 – 11:00 a.m.
City Walking Tour
led by Joseph Gugenheim, ’72 MD

9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Northwestern University Evanston Information Sessions & Campus Tours
Space is limited. To register for the information session and campus tour please visit:

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
AW Forum:

Precision Medicine: Are We There Yet?**
with Minoli Perera, PharmD, PhD

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Commitment to Scholarships Luncheon
By invitation. For more information, please call 312-503-0754.

A Taste of Chicago Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Bus Tour
Space is limited.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tour
led by MCA docent

360 Chicago and Tilt
94th Floor of the historic (former) John Hancock Building

2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
Chicago Architecture Foundation Bus Tour
Space is limited.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Nathan Smith Davis Society Reception
By invitation. For more information, please call 312-503-3459.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reunion Class Dinners
Locations to be announced and determined by registration numbers.

Young Alumni Reunion Class Dinners
Locations to be announced and determined by registration numbers.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program Alumni Dinner
Location to be announced and determined by registration numbers.

Travel and Accommodations

Find everything you need to plan your trip. We’re excited to offer free on-campus parking and discounted room rates at nearby hotels. 

Click here to see a map of campus and the surrounding area.

Hotel Accommodations for 2020

Hotel rooms have been arranged at various local hotels at discounted rates. Please mention Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Alumni Weekend when you make your reservation and call early to ensure availability. Rates are guaranteed until March 24, 2020, or until the room blocks sell out. The rates shown below are per night.


All Alumni Weekend events are accessible to those requiring mobility assistance. For special accommodations, please call 312-503-8012 or email


Complimentary parking for the weekend is available on campus in the garage at 222 E. Huron St., on the corner of East Huron Street and North Saint Clair Street (Huron Superior Parking Lot). You will need to pull a ticket for entry. Then, at registration, please request a parking card that will allow you to exit and enter the structure throughout Alumni Weekend.

Find Your Class Year

Did you graduate with your MD degree in a year ending in a 5 or 0? If so, it’s your reunion year. Find class-specific info below to connect with friends, join your reunion class committee, and find out more about making your class gift.

Come back. Give back.

aw13 photo collage

Make a Gift

A gift in honor of your reunion supports need-based scholarships, faculty recruitment, ground-breaking research, and unparalleled learning experiences. All gifts made from September 1, 2019, through August 31, 2020, to any area of the medical school count as part of the class gift.

Make your gift today to support the future of medicine.

A Class Legacy

MD reunion alumni are encouraged to support the legacy of their classes by giving to a class scholarship fund. The classes of 1955, 1960, 1970, and 1975 have established endowed class funds at the medical school. For all other classes, any gift to anywhere in the medical school will count towards your class gift.


Each year, roughly half of our medical students receive scholarships. To support one of our top priorities and to secure our place among the nation’s premier institutions, we endeavor to make a Northwestern medical education accessible to the very best students, regardless of their economic background. Your class scholarship will enable more students to reap the benefits of a Northwestern medical education without bearing a significant financial burden. Scholarships also help ensure that our community more accurately reflects the world at large — and that every student benefits from an environment rich with diverse perspectives.

Related Links:

Reunion Giving Honor Roll

Class Representatives

Contact and FAQ

Feinberg Alumni Members

For general inquiries, please contact:
Medical Alumni Association 312-503-8012

For changes to your registration, cancellations, or refunds, please email:

For questions about MD reunions and class funds, please contact:              
Jillian Kurtz Brubaker
Assistant Director, Alumni Communication and Reunions 312-503-3926

Alumni Weekend Frequently Asked Questions

 Which classes are celebrating their reunions this year?

Classes whose graduation years ended in a 5 or 0. For example, the class of 1970 will be celebrating its 50th.

 How can I find out if someone from my class is attending?

Beginning January 2, when registration opens, you'll be able to view the Attendee List.

 My class is not celebrating a major reunion; will there still be things for me to do?

Yes. While we have some special activities and recognition for those classes in a reunion year, this is truly an all-alumni weekend. Any alumnus/a, guests, and family members are welcome to register for any scheduled event. Please note that hospital tour attendees must be 18 years or older.

 How can I change or add to my registration once it is submitted?

You may add to your registration online by clicking the link at the bottom of your confirmation email. You may add events and/or guests to your original registration at any time before the registration deadline. You will not be able to delete events from your registration. Please email your request to

 If something comes up, can I cancel and receive a refund?

We understand that sometimes life interferes with our best-laid plans, so we will accept cancellations. Cancellations must be received by Friday, April 17, to be entitled to a refund. You may still cancel after April 17, but a refund cannot be guaranteed for cancellations made after that date. Please email with your request.

 Do I need to print and bring my registration email with me?

No, it is not necessary. We will have your printed itinerary available at registration.

 Where is registration located?

In the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center (303 East Superior Street).

 Where can I pick up my nametag and itinerary if I didn't make it to registration?

If you miss regular registration hours (Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), we will have your nametag(s) at your first paid event.

 Do I have to bring my nametag to every event?

Yes, please wear your nametag to every event. We will prepare one nametag for the weekend.

 Can I get CME credit for attending Alumni Weekend programming?

Yes, we will be offering 11 forums for CME credit for a a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM). You can find these forums on our Weekend Schedule designated with ** following the title. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 How do I take advantage of the complimentary parking?

Complimentary parking for the weekend is available on campus in the garage at 222 E. Huron St., on the corner of East Huron Street and North Saint Clair Street (Huron Superior Parking Lot). You will need to pull a ticket for entry. Then, at registration, please request a parking card that will allow you to exit and enter the structure throughout Alumni Weekend.

 What is the dress code for the weekend?

Dress throughout the weekend is casual, although some may choose to dress up for the Celebrate in Chicago event and for class dinners.

 Will the bookstore be open?

Yes, the bookstore will be open on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Unfortunately, the bookstore will not have Saturday hours. You can find the bookstore in Abbott Hall, at the corner of East Superior Street and North Lake Shore Drive, on the first floor.

 Will there be photos taken during Alumni Weekend?

Yes, photographers will be at most of our events. Please note, a class photo will be taken at each of the Class Dinners on Saturday. The select photographs will be available after Alumni Weekend, and all reunion classes will receive a copy of their class photo.

**This event is being digitally recorded and/or photographed. By attending, you acknowledge and agree to grant Northwestern University the right to digitally record, film, photograph or capture your likeness in any media now available or hereafter developed and to distribute, broadcast, use or otherwise disseminate such media in perpetuity without any further approval from you or any payment to you.**

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