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Women in Senior Leadership

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Ana Maria Acosta, PhD

Ana Maria Acosta, PhD

Associate Chair for Post Professional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Ana Maria Acosta, PhD, '03 GME, is associate chair for post-professional education and associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. She's also served as the director of the department's dual DPT-PhD program. Acosta earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2002 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern in 2003. Acosta's background is in electrical and biomedical engineering with specific training and experience in robotics, human biomechanics, and movement and rehabilitation science. The broad focus of her research is to characterize the mechanisms underlying the loss of independent joint control of the arm, leg, and trunk following brain injury due to stroke. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles.
Norrina Bai Allen, PhD

Norrina Bai Allen, PhD

Director of the Center for Epidemiology & Population Health

Norrina Bai Allen, PhD, is director of the Center for Epidemiology & Population Health. She is also an associate professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology. Allen specializes in cardiovascular epidemiology with a focus on health services research, specifically the effect of neighborhood and environment on cardiovascular disease and disparities in quality of care and outcomes. She was recently co-corresponding author of a study that linked increased consumption of eggs and dietary cholesterol to greater heart disease and death risk.
Estella M. Alonso, MD

Estella M. Alonso, MD

Associate Chair for Clinical Services, Department of Pediatrics

Estella M. Alonso, '85 MD, '88 GME, is Sally Burnett Searle Professor of Pediatric Transplantation and professor of Medical Social Sciences and of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition. Alonso completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Northwestern in 1985, followed by her residency in pediatrics in 1988. She went on to complete a pediatrics gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospital. She is now medical director of the Siragusa Transplant Center, associate chair for clinical services in the Department of Pediatrics, and pediatric executive leader of the Ambulatory Leadership Committee at Lurie Children's. Alonso’s primary research interest is in health outcomes following pediatric liver transplantation and acute liver failure.
Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD

Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD

Chief of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics

Elizabeth R. Alpern, MD, is chief of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1992. At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she completed an internship and residency in pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. Alpern is a founding member of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, the first federally funded national network for research on emergency medical services for children. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, primarily on the use of large databases within research networks to improve the quality of emergent care delivered to children through application of evidence-based work. Currently, Alpern serves as the standing member on the National Institutes of Health Study Section on Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics.
Joan M. Anzia, MD

Joan M. Anzia, MD

Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Joan M. Anzia, MD, is the vice chair for education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also a professor of Psychiatry and Medical Education. Anzia graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola in 1976 and completed residencies at Loyola University Medical Center in 1978, Northwestern in 1983 and University of Illinois Hospital in 1993. She has held multiple leadership roles within the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and served as president of both the Association for Academic Psychiatry and the Illinois Psychiatric Society. Her research interests include trauma-related disorders, mood disorders, physician health and wellness, and education. Anzia has been recognized with the Irma Bland Award for Teaching Excellence by the American Psychiatric Association and is a board-certified psychiatrist.
Dana M. Brazdziunas, MD

Dana M. Brazdziunas, MD

Chief of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics

Dana M. Brazdziunas, MD, is the chief of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics and associate professor. She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1984, completed her residency at Yale University School of Medicine in 1987, and a fellowship at the University of Chicago Wyler's Hospital in 1990. She develops of state-of-the-art programs in the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder and other related neurodevelopmental disorders as well as teaching healthcare providers at all levels early recognition of developmental disorder including autism spectrum disorder.
Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell

Vice Dean for Finance and Administration

Heather Campbell, MHS, is vice dean for finance and administration for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She joined Northwestern in 2013, completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, earned her master's degree in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University, and previously was a senior director at the Huron Consulting Group and an administrator at New York University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to becoming vice dean, she served as associate dean for administration at Feinberg, where she developed and oversaw Feinberg's administrative and operational initiatives. As vice dean, she is responsible for the planning and management of the budget, capital expenditures, and business operations within the medical school and administrative oversight of a the medical school's workforce of more than 1,900 employees.
Louanne Marie Carabini, MD

Louanne Marie Carabini, MD

Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Anesthesiology

Louanne Marie Carabini, MD, '09 '10 GME, is vice chair for education and associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. After earning her Doctor of Medicine degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2005, she completed a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Northwestern. Carabini's investigations focus on the perioperative management of patients undergoing multilevel complex spinal deformity correction. Her work in transfusion medicine helped create a model focused on predicting the necessity of major blood transfusion during spine surgery. The model allows anesthesia physicians to better prepare surgery patients prior to the intraoperative period. Carabini is board-certified in critical care medicine and anesthesiology.
Mercedes Carnethon, PhD

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD

Vice Chair and Chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, is vice chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine, and the Mary Harris Thompson Professor. Carnethon received her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina. A leader in the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology, Carnethon has published more than 200 scientific papers, including in JAMA, Circulation, Blood, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of health behaviors — including diet, sleep, and physical activity — on heart disease. Carnethon has served on numerous national scientific committees and panels, including for the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association.
Katherine S. Carroll, MD

Katherine S. Carroll, MD

Chief of Comprehensive Neurology in the Department of Neurology

Katherine S. Carroll, MD, '03 '06 '07 GME, is chief of Comprehensive Neurology in the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Creighton University in 2002, then completed an internship, residency and fellowship at Northwestern. She is also the medical director of the Comprehensive Headache Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which aims to keep migraines out of the emergency room and treat complex headache conditions more effectively. Carroll's other clinical interests include seizure disorders, neuromuscular disorders, electromyography, and women's health.
Patricia Chiamas, MD

Patricia Chiamas, MD

Chief of Hospital-Based Medicine for Outreach Sites, Department of Pediatrics

Patricia Chiamas, ’94 MD, is chief of Hospital-Based Medicine for Outreach Sites within the Department of Pediatrics. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern in 1994 before completing her residency at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Chiamas is a board-certified pediatrician. Her clinical focus is on using clinical simulation activities and quality improvement to develop pediatric core competencies for the pediatric hospitalist.
Deborah Smith Clements, MD

Deborah Smith Clements, MD

Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Deborah Smith Clements, MD, is chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Nancy and Warren Furey Professor of Community Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1997, where she also completed a residency in family medicine. She later completed fellowships in primary care health policy, medical ethics, and integrative medicine. Clements served as a delegate of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and later became a member of the AAFP board of directors. While on faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Clements was director of the training program and vice chair for residency education in family medicine. Clements joined Northwestern in 2013, when she was named department chair and program director of the family medicine residency. She is president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and is on the board of the National Resident Matching Program. Clements is nationally recognized for her contributions to education policy and has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions.
Ashti A. Doobay-Persaud, MD

Ashti A. Doobay-Persaud, MD

Director of the Center for Global Health Education

Ashti A. Doobay-Persaud, MD, is the director of the Center for Global Health Education within the Institute for Global Health. She is also an assistant professor of Medical Education and of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Doobay-Persaud earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts/University College of London in 2006, then completed a residency in Traditional Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. In addition to her center directorship, she is the faculty director for the Masters of Science in Global Health program within the Northwestern School of Professional Studies and the director of the Global Health Hospitalist program that focuses on providing trained faculty to staff Hillside's clinics in Belize. In her role as chair of faculty development in Global Health, she provides opportunities for those interested in volunteering abroad and connects faculty and students who are already participating in global health.
Sarah M. Friedewald, MD

Sarah M. Friedewald, MD

Chief of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology

Sarah M. Friedewald, MD, is chief of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiology and assistant professor of Radiology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1998. She was an intern at Union Memorial Hospital and completed her residency in radiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Women's Imaging at University of Pennsylvania Hospitals. She is board-certified in diagnostic radiology. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and was principal investigator of a key study published in JAMA that found the addition of tomosynthesis — a 3-D breast-imaging technique — to digital mammography was associated with a decrease in patients called back for additional imaging and an increase in the cancer detection rate.
Patricia M. Garcia, MD, MPH

Patricia M. Garcia, MD, MPH

Associate Dean for Curriculum

Patricia M. Garcia, MD, MPH, '91 GME, is associate dean for curriculum and a professor Medical Education. She is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Garcia received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. She completed both her residency and a fellowship at University of Illinois Hospital, followed by another fellowship at Northwestern. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal and Fetal Medicine. She is a member of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society.
Susan E. Gerber, MD, MPH

Susan E. Gerber, MD, MPH

Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Susan E. Gerber, MD, MPH, '01 GME, is vice chair for education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and program director of the department's residency program. She is an associate professor of Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Gerber earned both her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Columbia University in 1994. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics Gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Northwestern. Gerber is an expert in diagnostic ultrasound, fetal anomalies, and high-risk pregnancies.
Cybele Ghossein, MD

Cybele Ghossein, MD

Vice Chair for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the Department of Medicine

Cybele Ghossein, MD, is vice chair for academic and faculty affairs within the Department of Medicine and a professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Albert Einstein College in 1990, followed by a residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and a fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology. In her faculty affairs role, Ghossein leads efforts to enhance faculty engagement and development, sharing experiences and knowledge from her more than 20 years on faculty at Northwestern.
Debra Anne Goldstein, MD

Debra Anne Goldstein, MD

Director of Uveitis Service in the Department of Ophthalmology

Debra Anne Goldstein, MD, the Magerstadt Professor of Ophthalmology, is director of uveitis service in the Department of Ophthalmology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1988 and remained there for residencies in internal medicine and ophthalmology. She completed a fellowship in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 1995 before joining the school's faculty. While there, she was twice awarded the Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher. She has been on faculty at Feinberg since 2012 and has published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, investigating diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of ocular inflammatory disorders.
Kathleen J Green, PhD

Kathleen J Green, PhD

Associate Director, Basic Sciences Research, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northestern University

Kathleen J. Green, PhD, is the Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr., Professor of Pathology and Toxicology, and professor of pathology and dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and associate director, basic sciences research, at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She received her doctorate degree in cell and developmental biology in 1982 from Washington University and completed her postdoctoral work at Northwestern University. She has served as president of the Society for Investigative Dermatology, Secretary for the American Society for Cell Biology, is a fellow of the American Society for Cell Biology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences-Leopoldina. A leader in the field of epithelial cell biology, Green has published more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.
Marianne M. Green, MD

Marianne M. Green, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

Marianne M. Green, MD, is senior associate dean for Medical Education and the Raymond H. Curry, MD, Professor of Medical Education. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993 before completing an internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston. In her current role at the medical school, Green fosters continued innovation within the undergraduate medical education program. She has served in a number of leadership roles at Northwestern, including associate program director of the McGaw Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency, director of the Primary Care Clerkship, director of the Honors Program in Medical Education and associate dean for Medical Education & Competency Achievement.
Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH

Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Food Allergy and Asthma (IPHAM), and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Ruchi S. Gupta, MD, MPH, is a professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and director of the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM). She graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1998 and completed an internship at University of Florida Hospitals in 1999, residency at University of Washington Hospital in 2001, and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2004. She holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard. She is nationally recognized for her research in food allergy and asthma epidemiology; specifically her research on childhood food allergy prevalence. She has significantly contributed to academic research surrounding economic costs, pediatric management of food allergy and asthma, ED visits and hospitalizations, quality of life and community interventions, especially in schools.
Amy L. Halverson, MD

Amy L. Halverson, MD

Interim Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery

Amy L. Halverson, MD, is the interim vice chair of education in the Department of Surgery. Halverson earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University in 1993, then completed her residency at George Washington University Hospital in 1999 and fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in 2000. She is board certified in surgery and colon and rectal surgery.
Nora M. Hansen, MD

Nora M. Hansen, MD

Chief of Breast Surgery in the Department of Surgery

Nora M. Hansen, MD, is a professor and chief of Breast Surgery in the Department of Surgery. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College in 1988 and completed a residency in 1995 and a fellowship in 1996, both at University of Chicago Hospitals. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, investigating breast cancer resections, breast reconstruction, and their impact on patients. She serves on the medical advisory council for the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society.
Zena Leah Harris, MD

Zena Leah Harris, MD

Chief of Critical Care in the Department of Pediatrics

Zena Leah Harris, MD, is chief of Critical Care Medicine and the Posy and John Krehbiel Professor in Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science and completed an internship, residency and fellowship in pediatrics at the former Wyler Children's Hospital (now part of University of Chicago Hospitals). Harris previously served as vice chair of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University and director of anesthesiology and the Critical Care Medicine Molecular Biology Core Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She has lectured internationally on the importance of innovation, patient health outcomes, and women leaders in science and medicine. With a diverse research focus, she has published numerous journal articles on such topics as iron metabolism, neurology, familial dementia, and the effect of interferon therapy. As an innovator and educator, Harris has also received several Teacher of the Year awards from Johns Hopkins University and Washington University as well as a Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from the University of Chicago. She is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine.
Nicole Higgins, MD

Nicole Higgins, MD

Chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology

Nicole Higgins, MD, is chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology and an associate professor of anesthesiology. She earned her medical degree from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in 2002 and completed a residency and fellowship at Northwestern in 2006 and 2007. She has published work on a range of topics, including postpartum hemorrhage and sleep disordered breathing risk in pregnant versus non-pregnant women. She is board-certified in anesthesiology.
Marjorie Johnson Hilliard, PT, EdD

Marjorie Johnson Hilliard, PT, EdD

Associate Chair for Professional Education in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences

Marjorie Johnson Hilliard, PT, EdD, is associate professor and associate chair for professional education in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. At the University of Wisconsin, Hilliard earned her degree in physical therapy in 1981 and a Master of Science in 1987. She earned her Doctor of Education degree from DePaul University in 2011. In her professional education role, Hilliard often leads training workshops for physical therapy faculty and students.
Kristi L. Holmes, PhD

Kristi L. Holmes, PhD

Director of the Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center

Kristi L. Holmes, PhD, is director of the Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center. Holmes earned her doctoral degree in biochemistry from Iowa State University. Before joining Northwestern in 2014, she was a bioinformaticist at Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis. At Northwestern, her research is focused on the development and application of information standards to support interoperability and data exchange to enhance discovery across basic science, clinical, and community-based research and ultimately, develop new methods for understanding translational impact. Holmes is also associate director of evaluation at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and an associate professor of Medical Education and of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics.
Lifang Hou, MD, PhD

Lifang Hou, MD, PhD

Director of the Center for Global Oncology

Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, is the director of the Center for Global Oncology within the Institute for Global Health, chief of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention in the Department of Preventive Medicine, professor of Pediatrics, and the director of global health for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy dual degree from University of Tsukuba, Japan, in 2001. Hou's research focuses on the identification of molecular biomarkers that may predict cancer risk, progression, and mortality in numerous diverse populations, thus providing potential tools for the early detection and prevention of cancer. She is a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel to inform the scientific direction and goals of the National Cancer Institute as part of former Vice President Joe Biden's National Cancer Moonshot Initiative to accelerate cancer research progress in the U.S.
Maha Hussain, MBChB

Maha Hussain, MBChB

Deputy Director at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Northwestern University

Maha Hussain, MBChB, is the Genevieve E. Teuton Professor of Medicine and a professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the deputy director at the Lurie Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine degree at Baghdad University College of Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq in 1980, then completed her intership in 1983, residency in 1986 and fellowship in 1989 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Hussain’s research efforts are focused on the development of novel therapeutics integrating scientific advances into clinical trials for prostate and bladder cancer. Hussain's extensive national scientific leadership roles include serving as co-chair of the Prostate Cancer Subcommittee/Genitourinary Cancer Committee of SWOG, where she guided research in areas of advanced prostate cancer that led to changing standards of care.
Maria Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD

Maria Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD

Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Maria Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD, is an internationally recognized vascular biologist and the Stephen Walter Ranson Professor and chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Iruela-Arispe earned her doctoral degree from the University of S'o Paulo in Brazil in 1989 and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington in Seattle before joining the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She then spent 20 years at UCLA, where she served as director of the Molecular Biology Institute and chair of the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Graduate Program. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate blood vessel formation during development and pathogenesis. Her discoveries have provided the basis to develop strategies to control vascular growth during disease, particularly in cancer. Iruela-Arispe is extensively involved in the scientific community on a national and international level, is currently on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council and is a past president of the North American Vascular Biology Organization.
Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc

Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc

Director of the Center for Translational Metabolism and Health

Tamara Isakova, MD, MMSc, director of the Center for Translational Metabolism and Health at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, is a clinical nephrologist with experience in patient-oriented and epidemiological research of disordered mineral metabolism in chronic kidney disease. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in 2003 and her master's degree in medical science from Harvard Medical School in 2009. She completed her internship and residency in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital before completing a fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Isakova conducts clinical research in the area of disordered mineral metabolism in chronic kidney disease, has published nearly 100 scientific articles and has served as a reviewer for nearly 20 journals. She has received numerous awards, including a junior faculty award from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Award from the American Society of Nephrology. She is board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology.
Namratha R. Kandula, MD, MPH

Namratha R. Kandula, MD, MPH

Co-Director of the Center for Community Health

Namratha R. Kandula, MD, MPH, is co-director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine's Center for Community Health. She is an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She earned both her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Tufts University in 1998 and completed her residency at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York in 2001. Kandula is a principal investigator in the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study, the first longitudinal study in U.S. South Asians to understand what factors lead to heart disease in this high-risk group. By working from an interdisciplinary, community-driven approach, she hopes to develop prevention interventions that eliminate health disparities for underserved populations. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her advancements in medicine and public health, including the Community-Engaged Research Partnership Award from the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland and the Communities Population Science Award from the American Heart Association. She is board-certified in internal medicine.
Emily Louise Keimig, MD

Emily Louise Keimig, MD

Chief of General Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology

Emily Louise Keimig, MD, assistant professor of Dermatology, is chief of the Division of General Dermatology in the Department of Dermatology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Wayne State College in 2005, then completed an internship and residency in dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She is board-certified in dermatology. Keimig's work focuses on non-infectious granulomas, including sarcoidosis, granuloma annulare, and necrobiosis lipoidica; connective tissue disorders, including morphea; and psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, member of the Medical Dermatology Association, and chair of the Networking Committee of the Womens Dermatologic Society.
Kimberly Sue Kenton, MD

Kimberly Sue Kenton, MD

Chief of Urogynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kimberly Sue Kenton, MD, is an internationally recognized leader in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. She is chief of Urogynecology and a professor of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor of Urology. Kenton earned her Doctor of Medicine from Rush Medical College in 1997, followed by a residency and fellowship in Obstetrics Gyencology. In 2002, she completed a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. She is also a clinical investigator, with a Master of Science in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and experience as principal investigator on a number of National Institutes of Health grants. Kenton has served as a mentor and program director for the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Medicine Fellowship since 2007 and held leadership roles in many major subspecialty societies.
Stephanie J. Kielb, MD

Stephanie J. Kielb, MD

Chief of Reconstruction and Neurourology in the Department of Urology

Stephanie J. Kielb, MD, is chief of Reconstruction & Neurourology in the Department of Urology and director of the urology residency program. Kielb earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Michigan in 1996 and completed her residency training at University of Michigan Health System in 2002. Now at Feinberg, she is also a professor of Urology, Medical Education, and Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery. Kielb is a recognized expert in voiding dysfunction and incontinence, having performed sacral neuromodulation and botulinum toxin injections for urinary leakage procedures since 2004.
Jessica W. Kiley, MD

Jessica W. Kiley, MD

Chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jessica W. Kiley, MD, '08 GME, is chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from University in Florida in 2002, then completed a residency at University of Chicago Hospitals in 2006 and a fellowship at Northwestern in 2008. Her main research and clinical interests are pre-conception care, pregnancy planning, and birth control for women with complex medical conditions. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
Marisa S. Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH

Marisa S. Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH

Chief of Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics

Marisa S. Klein-Gitelman, MD, MPH, chief of Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics, earned her medical degree at Washington University in 1985. She completed her postgraduate training in pediatrics at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and pediatric rheumatology at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She later earned a Master in Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of expertise include pediatric lupus, vasculitis, uveitis, and neuro inflammatory diseases, and her primary clinical research efforts focus on pediatric onset systemic lupus. Klein-Gitelman has served in a number of leadership positions, both regionally and nationally, and is currently on the board of the American College of Rheumatology. She is also a founding member of the ACR/CARRA mentoring interest group (AMIGO), which pairs fellows and young faculty with mentors from other institutions. She often serves as a visiting professor for other programs.
Roopal V. Kundu, MD

Roopal V. Kundu, MD

Associate Dean for Admissions

Roopal V. Kundu, '01 MD, '02 GME, is associate dean for admissions. A 2001 graduate of Feinberg School of Medicine's MD Program herself, she guides students through the admissions process and beyond. In addition to leading the Office of Admissions, she is a dermatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, a principal investigator on multiple research projects, the Jacob R. Suker, MD, Professor of Medical Education, and an associate professor of Dermatology and Medical Education. Before leading the Feinberg Office of Admissions in 2016, she was also director of the dermatology residency program at Northwestern University. As both a clinician and investigator, Kundu focuses on skin of color. She has received numerous Feinberg teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Recognition Award and the Department of Dermatology's Faculty Teacher of the Year and Faculty Mentor of the Year awards. Kundu has held leadership roles with the American Academy of Dermatology, Skin of Color Society, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Theresa A. Laguna, MD, MS

Theresa A. Laguna, MD, MS

Chief of Pulmonary Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics

Theresa A. Laguna, MD, MS, is chief of Pulmonary Medicine and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1999 and completed a residency at the University of Washington, where she was chief medical resident, and fellowships at the University of Colorado in pediatrics pulmonology. She also earned a master's degree in clinical science from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2018, she was on faculty at the University of Minnesota. Laguna's academic focus is on early lung disease in cystic fibrosis and the role of anaerobic communities in the development of lung disease. She has additional clinical research interests in asthma, interstitial lung disease and complex children. An accomplished educator, Laguna has won numerous Outstanding Faculty Educator awards from the University of Minnesota and was named one of the 2016 Best Doctors by Minnesota Monthly. Laguna is board-certified in pediatric pulmonology.
Lee Ann Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA

Lee Ann Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA

Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine

Lee Ann Lindquist, '00 MD, '05 MPH, '10 MBA, '03 '05 GME, is section chief of Geriatric Medicine and associate professor of Medicine. She completed all of her training at the university. Under Lindquist's leadership, Northwestern expanded its role in offering home-based primary care for seniors and instituted a new training program for care providers.
Alice T. Lyon, MD

Alice T. Lyon, MD

Director of Retina Service in the Department of Ophthalmology

Alice T. Lyon, MD, '91 GME, the Leonard and Bernice Lavin Endowed Ophthalmology Research Professor, is director of retina service in the Department of Ophthalmology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Chicago in 1987 and completed an internship in internal medicine at Cornell Medical Center of New York Hospital in 1988, a residency in ophthalmology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 1991, a fellowship in ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School in 1993, and a research fellowship at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in 1993. In the past, she served as clerkship director for the Ophthalmology program at Feinberg and in various roles — including president — at the Chicago Ophthalmological Society. Today, she is director of the Chicago Curriculum in Ophthalmology and chair emeritus of Women in Retina. An author of 40 peer-reviewed publications, Lyon studies age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retina conditions.
Danielle M. McCarthy, MD

Danielle M. McCarthy, MD

Vice Chair for Research, Emergency Medicine

Danielle M. McCarthy, '06 MD, '10 '12 GME, is vice chair for research in Emergency Medicine and an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern in 2006 before completing an Emergency Medicine Residency and Health Services Research Fellowship here as well. McCarthy investigates how to increase patients’ comprehension of their own medical care by examining multiple aspects of health communications in hectic emergency department environments.
Susanna A. McColley, MD

Susanna A. McColley, MD

Associate Chief Research Officer for Clinical Trials, Department of Pediatrics

Susanna A. McColley, '85 MD, is professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine and serves as associate chief research officer for clinical trials within the Department of Pediatrics. McColley earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Northwestern in 1985 before completing pediatrics residency and pulmonology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She specializes in pediatric lung disease, focusing on diagnosis and treatment of children with cystic fibrosis.
Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD

Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD

Director of the Center for Genetic Medicine

Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, is the Elizabeth J. Ward Chair and director of the Center for Genetic Medicine and a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology. She joined Feinberg from the University of Chicago in 2014. McNally received both her MD and PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1990 and completed her residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at Children's Hospital in Boston. McNally's clinical and research interests are in the genetics of cardiovascular and neuromuscular disorders. Her lab studies genetic mechanisms responsible for inherited human diseases, including heart failure, cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, arrhythmias, and aortic aneurysms. Working with individuals and families, her group is defining the genetic mutations that cause these disorders. By establishing models for these disorders, they are now beginning to develop and test new therapies, including genetic correction and gene editing. McNally is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians. Her recent awards include the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 from the American Heart Association and the Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2017. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
Marla Mendelson, MD

Marla Mendelson, MD

Co-Director, Women's Health Research Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Marla Mendelson, MD, '87 GME, is the co-director of the Women's Health Research Institute and associate professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1982 and completed a residency at Michael Reese Medical Center in 1985 and a fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 1987. She directs the Northwestern Medicine Heart Disease and Pregnancy Program of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. A leader in the study of women and cardiac disease, she is the founder and director of one of the largest programs for the care of women with heart disease during pregnancy in the country. She has also been active educating both health care professionals and the public about Cardiovascular Disease in Women.
Marilyn B. Mets, MD

Marilyn B. Mets, MD

Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Service in the Department of Ophthalmology

Marilyn B. Mets, MD, the Lillian Sherman Cowen Reiger and Harold L.S. Cowen Research Professor of Pediatric Ophthalmology, is director of pediatric ophthalmology service in the Department of Ophthalmology. She is also the director of the Retinal Electrophysiology Laboratory at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. After earning her medical degree at George Washington University in 1976, Mets completed her residency at Cleveland Clinic Foundation and fellowships at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital. She is a world-renowned expert in ocular manifestations of intrauterine infections, congenital infections, and hereditary eye disease. She is credited as the first ophthalmologist to identify a new congenital infection called lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus with retinopathy. Mets has been involved with various professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology as an elected fellow, the American Board of Ophthalmology as board director, and the American Ophthalmological Society's Council as president.
Kelly N. Michelson, MD, MPH

Kelly N. Michelson, MD, MPH

Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Kelly N. Michelson, MD, MPH, '04 GME, is director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, the Julia and David Uihlein Professor in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and . a professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care. Michelson earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1996 and a medical degree at Duke University in 1997. She completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago in 2001 and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Children's Memorial Hospital, now known as Lurie Children's, in 2004. She also completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in 2010. Michelson has been the recipient of many awards — including Feinberg's Teaching Excellence Award two years in a row — and was inducted as a fellow by the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2017. Her research focuses on communication and decision-making in end-of-life care among patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in the pediatric intensive care unit
Ritu Nayar, MD

Ritu Nayar, MD

Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Pathology

Ritu Nayar, MD, professor of Medical Education and Pathology, serves as the vice chair of education and faculty development in the Department of Pathology. After earning her medical degree from Delhi University in India in 1989, she completed a residency and fellowship at George Washington University Hospital in 1995 and 1996 and another fellowship at University of Rochester in 1997. Nayar's work has been published more than 160 books and journal articles. One of her largest contributions has been her co-editorship of the Bethesda system, which is used to report Pap smear results for women around the world. She holds board certifications for pathology and cytopathology and is also a member of the Executive Council of the International Academy of Cytology. Formerly, she served as the president of the American Society of Cytopathology in 2013.
Amy S. Paller, MD

Amy S. Paller, MD

Chair of the Department of Dermatology

Amy S. Paller, MD, '81 '83 GME, Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology, is chair of the Department of Dermatology and director of the Northwestern University Skin Disease Research Center. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University in 1978 and completed residencies in pediatrics and dermatology at Northwestern and a fellowship and postdoctoral fellowship in dermatology at the University of North Carolina. She served as chief of dermatology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago prior to becoming chair at Feinberg. She has served as president and on the board of directors of numerous dermatologic societies. An author of more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, Paller has been a pioneer in discovery related to diagnosis and therapy of genetic skin disorders, as well as the lead investigator on several landmark papers related to inflammatory skin disease. Her NIH-funded laboratory focuses on the use of nanotechnology for topically applied gene regulation in treating skin disorders and on the role of glycosphingolipids in regulating signaling.
Jacqueline A. Pongracic, MD

Jacqueline A. Pongracic, MD

Chief of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics

Jacqueline A. Pongracic, '85 MD, professor and chief of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics, completed her medical training in internal medicine at North Shore University and allergy immunology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She serves as division head of Allergy and Immunology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Her primary academic and clinical interest is food allergies, exploring how they relate to the pathogenesis of allergen sensitization and understanding how factors can contribute to asthma. She has also conducted clinical trials to improve therapy and address gaps in childhood asthma.
Lori Ann Post, PhD

Lori Ann Post, PhD

Director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics

Lori Ann Post, PhD, is the inaugural director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics within the Institute of Public Health and Medicine. She is the Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine and a professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Social Sciences. Post earned her Doctor of Philosophy in applied demography in 2001 from Michigan State University. Post is a seasoned investigator who utilizes unique mixed methods studies to address complex problems. She has been working in information technology or Informatics and violence prevention/intervention for the past 20 years. Her dissertation indirectly estimated the invisible population of elderly women being abused and exploited and was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Post wrote the legislation for best practices in background checks to vet the healthcare workforce for persons in long-term care for the Affordable Healthcare Act; has been funded by Medicaid to derive estimates of various types of abuse and disabilities; and worked with Yale New Haven Health Care System to develop an app to screen for disabilities and to provide healthcare providers with a prognostic score of death, admit, and return to the Emergency Department at 30 days.
Susan E. Quaggin, MD

Susan E. Quaggin, MD

Director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute

Susan E. Quaggin, MD, is the Charles H. Mayo, MD, Professor of Medicine, the director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute and chief of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine. A graduate from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Quaggin received her specialty degree in internal medicine in 1992. She completed subspecialty training in nephrology at the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, where she studied the genetic basis of kidney development. In 1997, she returned to Toronto for a second postdoctoral fellowship in complex mouse genetics and went on to establish her own program in vascular biology. She came to Feinberg in 2013, following long tenure as a scholar and professor of medicine at Toronto, where she was the Gabor-Zellerman Chair in Medicine. Quaggin has worked to develop numerous genetic mouse models that allow cell and time-specific manipulation of functional genes. Translation of her group's findings regarding the vasculature reveals pathogenic mechanisms and new therapeutic targets for a number of diseases, including diabetic nephropathy and retinopathy, nephrotic syndrome, and glaucoma.She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2006 and the Association of American Physicians in 2013. She currently serves as a councilor of the American Society of Nephrology.
Marleta Reynolds, MD

Marleta Reynolds, MD

Chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery

Marleta Reynolds, MD, '83 '85 GME, is a professor and chief of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Tulane University in 1976 and an internship at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in 1977. Reynolds has the honor of being the first woman to complete a general surgery residency at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, which she completed in 1981. She also completed residencies at Northwestern in pediatric surgery (1983) and cardiothoracic surgery 1985). Since joining Feinberg in 1985, Reynolds has received multiple Excellence in Teaching awards and has authored more than 100 publications, with clinical interests in the surgical correction of developmental anomalies, hernias, and cancers of the neck, chest and abdomen.
Melinda R. Ring, MD

Melinda R. Ring, MD

Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Melinda R. Ring, MD, is the executive director of the Northwestern Medicine Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, where she oversees the clinical outpatient and inpatient programs, directs medical education in integrative medicine, and conducts research focused on the impact of integrative medicine on health outcomes. She is also a clinical associate professor Medical Social Sciences and Medicine in the Division General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of Chicago in 1994 and 1997, then completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. Ring has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications and has contributed to books, textbooks, lectures, and articles in women's health and integrative medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine and integrative medicine, and through Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, cares for patients with a wide variety of conditions and preventive health needs, with a special interest in women's health, dietary supplements, food as medicine, and bioidentical hormones.
Christine M. Rini, PhD

Christine M. Rini, PhD

Director of the Cancer Survivorship Institute

Christine M. Rini, PhD, a social/health psychologist and respected expert in cancer survivorship, is director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Survivorship Institute and professor of Medical Social Sciences. Rini received her doctorate degree in social psychology from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2001 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in cancer prevention and control. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the John Theurer Cancer Center and a professor of oncology at Georgetown University/Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her NIH-funded research focuses on psychosocial factors that facilitate or hinder adjustment to health-related challenges, including making decisions about managing high risk for cancer, reducing physical symptoms such as pain, and recovering physical and emotional health after cancer treatment. Rini is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She is a member of the editorial board for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and an associate editor for the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD

Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD

Chief of Psychosomatic Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD, is chief of Consultation Psychiatry, associate vice chair for clinical affairs and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical College in 2003 before completing an internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Hospitals. Rosenthal serves as the director of the Northwestern University Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Her research focuses on the medical care of patients with severe mental illness, as well as delirium, hospital violence, healthcare worker wellness, and collaborative care. She is board-certified in psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.
Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH

Sandra Sanguino, MD, MPH

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Sandra Sanguino, '93 MD, '96 '99 GME, MPH, is associate dean for student affairs and associate professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care. She earned her medical degree at Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her postgraduate training in pediatrics Northwestern. Sanguino serves as a mentor and career adviser to Feinberg's medical students. In 2017, she received the Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women's Association to honor her work.
Denise M. Scholtens, PhD

Denise M. Scholtens, PhD

Chief of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine

Denise M. Scholtens, PhD, is director of the Northwestern University Data Analysis and Coordinating Center, chief of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and a professor of Neurological Surgery. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in biostatistics from Harvard University in 2004. Scholtens' numerous leadership responsibilities include serving as associate director for biostatistics in the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's Quantitative Data Sciences Core; director of the Data Coordinating Center for the international, observational Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) Follow-Up Study; and primary statistician for the HAPO Metabolomics and Integrated Omics Studies. Scholtens' work focuses on statistical problems arising from high-throughput omics data.
Karen M. Sheehan

Karen M. Sheehan

Associate Chair for Advocacy, Department of Pediatrics

Karen M. Sheehan, '89 MD, '92 GME, MPH, is professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine. She is a founding volunteer of the Chicago Youth Programs, a community-based organization that works to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth. She is also associate chair of advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of Lurie Children’s Injury Prevention & Research Center and Lurie Children's Healthy Communities. Sheehan earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern in 1989 and completed her pediatrics residency here in 1992. She earned a Master of Public Health from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996.
Saadia S. Sherwani, MD, MS

Saadia S. Sherwani, MD, MS

Chief of Cardiac Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology

Saadia S. Sherwani, MD, MS, '00 GME, is the vice chair for clinical affairs and chief of Cardiac Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology. She is also a professor of Surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation and the vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University in 1996, interned at at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis in 1997, and then completed her residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern in 2000. She went on to earn a Master of Science from Harvard University in 2011. She is board-certified in adult echocardiography and perioperative echocardiography and in anesthesiology. Sherwani's academic focus is operating-room management and surgical services administration. Her clinical focus is cardiothoracic anesthesiology, TEE and transplant anesthesiology.
Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH

Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH

Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation

Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, '06 GME, the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, is director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation at the Institute for Public Health and Medicine and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After earning her medical degree from Rush Medical College in 2000, Simon completed residency at Yale University, followed by a fellowship in family planning at Northwestern. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At Northwestern, Simon is also a professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and of Medical Social Sciences and is co-leader of the Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Simon was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel in 2017 and has served on many other national panels and committees. She has made significant contributions in the fields of women's health and health equity and has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Mentor of the Year Award and the National Science Foundation's Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.
Tanya Simuni, MD

Tanya Simuni, MD

Chief of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology

Tanya Simuni, MD, is chief of Movement Disorders in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center and the Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr., Research Professor of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. In 1985, Simuni received her MD from Leningrad Medical School. In 1994, she completed her residency at Temple University Hospital and concluded her fellowship training there a year later. Simuni joined the faculty at Feinberg in 2000 to build and lead a multidisciplinary movement disorders center that is now recognized by the National Parkinson's Foundation and Wilson's Foundation as a Center of Excellence and serves as a training model in the region. Her research focuses on the development of disease-modifying interventions in Parkinson's disease. She is the lead investigator of a number of clinical trials on experimental pharmacology, non-motor manifestations, and pharmacological and surgical management of Parkinson's disease and has more than hundred 100 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters. She has lectured nationally and internationally on Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.
Joanne C. Smith, MD

Joanne C. Smith, MD

President & CEO, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Joanne C. Smith, MD, is president and chief executive officer of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and assistant professor in the medical school’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Under Smith’s leadership, AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) has experienced unprecedented growth and visibility, including the opening of its new, state-of-the-art, 1.2-million-square-foot research hospital. She is widely recognized as a thought leader in her field and was awarded the 2018 Women of Concern Humanitarian Award, sharing the stage with Concern’s Leadership Award winner, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.
Farzaneh A. Sorond, MD, PhD

Farzaneh A. Sorond, MD, PhD

Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Farzaneh A. Sorond, MD, PhD, is the associate dean for faculty development at Feinberg and the chief of Stroke and Neurocritical Care and vice chair for faculty development and education in the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology. Sorond earned her MD and PhD from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1995, followed by a residency at Harvard-Longwood and a fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Starting as an instructor, she climbed the ranks at Harvard Medical School, eventually serving as an associate professor while directing the Cerebrovascular Laboratory and participating in several research grants. In 2015, Sorond joined the faculty at Feinberg, where she has played an important role in developing clinical programs in the Department of Neurology. She has supported the career development of faculty members in the department while also carrying out a research program focused on the association between cerebral blood flow regulation, structural changes in the brain, and clinical outcomes of cerebrovascular injury.
Bonnie J. Spring, PhD

Bonnie J. Spring, PhD

Director of the Center for Behavior and Health

Bonnie J. Spring, PhD, is a professor of Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She serves as director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine's Center for Behavior and Health and is chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Spring earned her PhD in Psychology from Harvard University in 1977. She has authored nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications, primarily testing approaches to weight loss, smoking cessation, multiple behavior change and treatment adherence using wearable devices and apps. Through her work, she hopes to foster healthy lifestyles and optimize interventions to reduce risk factors for disease.
Linda I. Suleiman, MD

Linda I. Suleiman, MD

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University

Linda Suleiman, MD, '17 GME, is an assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of Diversity & Inclusion at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Howard University in 2012, then completed her residency here at Northwestern in 2017 and fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction and replacement at Rush University medical Center in 2018. Suleiman and her former fellow residents have since studied the current representation of women in orthopaedic surgery residencies, academic positions and specialty societies.
Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS

Director of the Center for Global Surgery

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS, '10 GME, associate professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, is the director of the Center for Global Surgery within the Institute for Global Health. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Texas in 2003 and completed her general surgery residency at the University of South Florida in 2009 and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Northwestern in 2010. Her research focus is academic global surgery, including trauma education and prevention. Her global surgery lab, the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative, aims to build sustainable access to surgical care through education and research in low-resource settings, both locally and in international settings with varying levels of both healthcare infrastructure and personnel. She developed the TRUE (Trauma Responders Unify to Empower) Communities Course to empower communities to take action by making bystanders into immediate responders during the first few minutes after a traumatic event.
Linda A. Teplin, PhD

Linda A. Teplin, PhD

Director of the Health Disparities and Public Policy Program

Linda A. Teplin, '75 PhD, is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the department's vice chair for research, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and director of the Health Disparities and Public Policy program. Teplin received her PhD from Northwestern in 1975 and joined the faculty at Feinberg in 1976. In 1998, she became the primary investigator of the Northwestern Juvenile Project, which has received nearly $46 million in funding since its inception and is now the first intergenerational study of a correctional population. Its findings were a wake-up call for mental health systems nationwide to partner with detention centers to improve services for high-risk children. Her publications have been cited in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court and in Surgeon General briefings. She has been honored with the Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit from National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the Distinguished Contribution to Research in Public Policy award from the American Psychological Association.
Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH

Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH

Section Chief of Hematology in the Department of Pediatrics

Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH, is professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation. Thompson earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University in 1983 and her Master of Public Health from University of California Los Angeles in 1987. She now serves as the hematology section head at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and associate director for Equity & Minority Health at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. She previously served as president of the American Society of Hematology.
Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS

Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS

Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dana M. Thompson, MD, MS, is chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and division head of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1991, completed an internship and residency at Mayo Clinic and Hospitals in 1992 and 1996, and completed fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (1991), Mayo Medical School (1997) and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (1999). She has a unique hybrid of expertise in the surgical treatment and management of airway, voice, and swallowing disorders for infants, children, and adults and is the Director of the Multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Program at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Jennifer L. Trainor, MD

Jennifer L. Trainor, MD

Associate Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics

Jennifer L. Trainor, MD, '95 '98 GME, is a professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1993, followed by a residency and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Northwestern. Trainor now serves as associate chair for education in the Department of Pediatrics and directs the fourth-year electives and career advising in pediatric medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Linda V. Van Horn, PhD, RD

Linda V. Van Horn, PhD, RD

Chief of Nutrition in the Department of Preventive Medicine

Linda V. Van Horn, PhD, RD, is chief of Nutrition in the Department of Preventive Medicine. She earned her PhD and RD in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983. She's published more than 450 peer-reviewed publications on nutrition, cardiovascular epidemiology, and obesity prevention. For 13 years, Van Horn served as the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's associate dean for faculty development. She was instrumental in enhancing the medical school's efforts to mentor junior faculty, incorporated the theme of prevention and nutrition in MD program curriculum and played important roles in the Women Faculty Organization and Medical Faculty Council. Her honors include serving as chair of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and receiving the Women's Bar Association of Illinois Women with Vision Award.
Lauren S. Wakschlag, PhD

Lauren S. Wakschlag, PhD

Director of the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences

Lauren S. Wakschlag, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist who serves as the director of the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences and vice chair for scientific and faculty development in the Department of Medical Social Sciences. She is a professor of Medical Social Sciences (where she co-directs the Mechanisms of Health & Disease research hub), Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Studies, and Weinberg College of Arts and Science. Wakschlag has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Barnard College and a Master of Arts in clinical social work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992 and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, focusing on how early development shapes mental help pathways.
Diane B. Wayne, MD

Diane B. Wayne, MD

Vice Dean for Education and Chair of the Department of Medical Education

Diane B. Wayne, '91 MD, is vice dean for Education, chair of the Department of Medical Education, and the Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medical Education. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern in 1991 and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She joined the Northwestern Internal Medicine faculty in 1994 and later served as the internal medicine residency program director, working tirelessly to enhance the national reputation of Northwestern's internal medicine training programs. She has been recognized with numerous teaching awards, including the National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Parker Palmer 'Courage to Teach' National Program Director Award from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, and the American Association of Medical Colleges Nathan Hale Research Award. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She has been published in more than 130 peer-reviewed articles.
Leah J. Welty, PhD

Leah J. Welty, PhD

Director, Biostatistics Collaboration Center and Professor of Preventive Medicine

Leah J. Welty, PhD, is a professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the director or the Biostatistics Collaboration Center. Welty received her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in 2003. She leads the development team for StatTag (stattag.org) - free, open-source software connecting Microsoft Word to R, SAS and Stata. She is also the lead biostatistician for the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a large-scale longitudinal study of psychiatric disorders and risky behaviors in delinquent youth, as well as NJP: NextGen, a study of the children of the original Northwestern Juvenile Project participants.
Carolyn S. Wiggins, MD

Carolyn S. Wiggins, MD

Chief of General Imaging in the Department of Radiology

Carolyn S. Wiggins, MD, ’72 GME, is the chief of General Imaging in the Department of Radiology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1968 and completed an internship at Mercy Hospital in 1969 and a residency at Northwestern in 1972. She practices general diagnostic radiology.
Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS

Katherine L. Wisner, MD, MS

Director of the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Katherine L. Wisner, MD, is director of the Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders and the Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree and a master's degree in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in 1980 and completed her internship in pediatrics, residency in child psychiatry and postdoctoral fellowship in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Before coming to Northwestern, she was the director of Women's Behavioral HealthCARE and a professor of psychiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has served as president of the Marce Society and is a member of the American Medical Association, Society for Women's Health Research, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the Teratology Society, and the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, among other honorary societies. Wisner is an expert in the identification, characterization, and treatment of mood disorders in women and a pioneer in psychiatric disorders associated with childbirth. She is board-certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD

Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD

Associate Dean for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs

Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD, professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, is a leader in the field of bionanotechnology. She is also Feinberg's associate dean for graduate student and postdoctoral affairs. Woloschak earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences in 1980 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Medical School in 1983. Prior to joining the faculty of Northwestern University, she served as a senior molecular biologist in the bioscience division and senior fellow in nanosciences at Argonne National Laboratory. Woloschak's work is focused on radiobiology, including studies of the molecular biology of radiation responses and toxicity, and bionanotechnology, including the development of multifunctional nanoconstructs for biomedical imaging and delivery of small molecules as well as producing cytotoxic reactive oxygen species to fortify effect of radiotherapy. In 2018, she received the Dean's Teaching Award for her work.
Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD

Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School

Teresa K. Woodruff, '89 PhD, the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is dean of The Graduate School and director of the Women's Health Research Institute. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northwestern University in 1989 and completed a fellowship with Genentech, Inc., in 1991. A Northwestern University faculty member since 1995, she is chief of Reproductive Biology Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and vice chair for research within the department. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country. She is civically active and is an elected member of The Economic Club of Chicago and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Woodruff has served on the school board of the Chicago-based Young Women's Leadership Charter School and as president of the Endocrine Society and championed the new NIH policy that mandates the use of females in fundamental research. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Inventors.
Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD

Chief of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, '87 '89 GME, is the Benjamin and Virginia T. Boshes Professor of Neurology, chief of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology, and director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine. Zee earned her medical degree and doctoral degree in physiology from Chicago Medical School, followed by a residency and fellowship at Northwestern. She is a leader in the field of sleep and circadian disorders, with close to 300 publications spanning basic science investigation into circadian rhythms to clinical research examining the relationship between sleep and cardiovascular outcomes. Zee has served as president of the Sleep Research Society and chair of the NIH Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board and has received many honors for her research and clinical work.
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