The Office of Communications follows AP Style for all of our publications and websites. The entries below represent frequently used or notable exceptions.
We list doctoral degrees on first reference (see below), but do not use the "Dr." title in the first or any subsequent reference. This is an exception to AP Style.
On first reference, include the degree(s) of all faculty members after their name (e.g., MD, PhD, DO) as well as GME if completed here. Separate dual degrees by a comma when used after a person's first name.
- John Doe, MD, PhD
Include the faculty member's Feinberg title (including any named professorships) on first reference, as well as a link to the faculty member's profile and any department or division pages.
Professors should be listed as <name>, <faculty title> of <Department> in the Division of <Division>.
- Jeffrey A. Sosman, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology
- Mark D. Adler, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine
For faculty who are division chiefs, list their division first, followed by the department: <name>, chief of <Division> in the Department of <Department>.
Faculty who are department chairs should list their department affiliation only: <name>, chair of <Department>.
To reduce length or improve clarity, move secondary appointments to second or subsequent references.
- Adams is also a professor of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery.
- Adler is also an associate professor of Medical Education.
- George, who is also Magerstadt Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Pharmacogenomics, said...
Otherwise, omit entirely as appropriate to the story.
Always attempt to include endowed chair titles and dean-level appointments on first reference.
- Rex L. Chisholm, PhD, vice dean for Scientific Affairs and Graduate Education and Adam and Richard T. Lind Professor of Medical Genetics
Some case-by-case exceptions may be needed for clarity or length.
For departments that do not have divisions, continue the "of" usage without the "Division" phrase.
In a story that mentions multiple faculty members from the same division, second (and subsequent) faculty affiliations can omit the "in the Division of" language. But if different divisions or departments are represented, the full affiliation should be used in all cases.
Use "Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine" on first reference within a page, and "Feinberg" or "the medical school" on second reference. Never use "Feinberg School of Medicine," "Feinberg School" or "FSM."Back to top