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About Us

Meet the team behind the Northwestern Simulation Program in Healthcare Communication.

Program Directors

Julia H. Vermylen

Julia H. Vermylen, MD, MPH

Julia H. Vermylen, MD, MPHis an assistant professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Education. Her academic work centers on educational research surrounding communication skills training for undergraduate and graduate medicine trainees and practicing clinicians. She has a particular focus applying concepts of mastery learning to improve outcomes for communication skills training. She attended medical school and obtained a master’s degree in Public Health at Northwestern University. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine, served as a chief medical resident, and completed fellowship training in Palliative Medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University.

Gordon J. Wood, MD, MSCI, FAAHPM

Gordon J. Wood, MD, MSCI, FAAHPM, is an associate professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He is Associate Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program and serves as Associate Director of the Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care Program at Northwestern. His academic work centers on communication skills, including the application of mastery learning principles to communication skills training. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago and finished an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a palliative medicine fellowship and obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern University.

Gordon J. Woods

Associate Program Directors

Laurie Aluce, MD
Melanie Smith, MD
Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD
James (Mac) Walter, MD

Contributing Faculty

Heather Ballard, MD
Mark Bradley, DMin, BCC
Michael Certo, MD, MA, MM
Muhammad Deen, MD
Aparna Kalyan, MD
Theresa Lombardo, APRN
Debi Mitra, MD
Natalie Munger, MD
Jayson Neagle, MD
Edward Peñate, DMin, BCC
Maria Theodorou, MD, FACP, FHM