NUH – Evanston Hospital

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Ron Aronwald MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Specific Interests:

  • Medical student education
  • Simulation training
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Heather Costello MD
Clinician Educator

Heather Costello went to medical school at Michigan State University and did her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Heather also has a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and her undergraduate major was in French. She has been doing humanitarian aid work and international medical research since before medical school in places such as Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia, Lesotho, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives… Most recently she has been working with MEDICO in Honduras. Residency research project was on pain control in Sickle Cell patients. Heather has two children and a dog. She loves yoga, scuba, knitting, baking, really bad reality tv, and travel for fun as well as work.

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Joanna “Joey” Davidson M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Graduated from Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University. Complete residency training at Cook County Hospital and a Fellowship in Simulation at NorthShore University HealthSystems.

Specific Interests:

  • Simulation
  • Medical Education
  • Advanced Practice Provider Education
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Jorge del Castillo MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. del Castillo is a graduate of the Chicago Medical School and began training in General Surgery at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. He transitioned to Emergency Medicine at one of the original EM programs in the country at Evanston Hospital where he was Chief resident. He stayed on as an attending physician at Evanston Hospital where he was the Residency Director for 12 years. He is currently the Associate Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at NorthShore. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern in 1996 and became President of the Professional staff at Evanston Hospital in 1998 where he was a member of the Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the NorthShore Medical Group where he also Chairs the Risk Prevention and Patient Safety Committee.  He has been an Item Writer for the Concert and LLSA exams of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Additionally, he has been an examiner for the Oral Board exam since 1985 and a Team Leader for the same exam. He has also been a member of the Test Development panel for the Oral examination. At Evanston, he was one of the original members of the EMR committee responsible for launching the EPIC system at those facilities. In 2005 he participated in an expert panel convened at the Cleveland Clinic by President Bush to discuss deployment of EMR throughout the nation. Dr. del Castillo’s interests are in the areas of Risk Management, development of EMR and business models in Emergency Medicine.

Activities:

  • Associate Head, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston
  • Member, Board of Directors, NUH Medical Group

Specific Interests:

  • Risk management and legal issues in medicine
  • Administration of Emergency Medicine
  • Senior Examiner and Team Leader, ABEM
Clare L. Desmond M.D.
Clinical Professor
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Sarah Donlan MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Activities:

  • Co-Director of Medical Student Education, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston

Specific Interests:

  • Medical student education
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John Flaherty MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Flaherty was born and raised in Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs, completed his undergraduate work at UIC and medical school at Northwestern. He entered a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency and was chief resident in 1984-5. He has been an Attending at NSUHS since 1985. He became Board Certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 1996, and obtained an MPH degree from Northwestern in 2005. He is the co-director of medical education for the Division of Emergency Medicine at NSUHS. His academic interests include medical student and resident education, global and international health, analysis of large databases, and the interface between public health and the emergency department.

Activities:

  • Co-Director of Medical Student Education, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston
  • Research Director, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston

Specific Interests:

  • Simulation Education
  • Coordination, Design, Execution of Research Projects
  • Medical student and resident Mentorship
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Jeffrey Graff MD
Clinical Professor

Activities:

  • Head, Divison of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston

Specific Interests:

  • Member, Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine, ACGME
  • Past President, American Board of Emergency Medicine
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Timothy Heilenbach MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Activities:

  • Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston

Specific Interests:

  • Medical student and resident education
  • Emergency ultrasound education
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Frederick Hess MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Hess graduated from medical school at Northwestern University in 1977, and completed a Residency Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston Hospital . He has practiced Emergency Medicine at the NorthShore University Health System Hospitals since 1983. He was the previous Chairperson for Emergency preparedness for NorthShore and wrote the policy guidelines for Bioterrorism for the NorthShore system. He was an officer of the Professional Staff from 1999 – 2007, past President of the NorthShore Professional staff in 2005-06, and Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee in 2006-07.

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Morris Kharasch MD
Division Chief of Emergency Medicine Clinical Associate Professor

Activities:

  • Director, Special Academic Programs, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston
  • Operations Director, Center for Simulation Technology and Academic Research (CSTAR)

Specific Interests:

  • Resident and medical student education
  • Simulation training
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Jared Novack M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Clifford Rice MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Activities:

  • Co-Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston

Specific Interests:

  • Medical student and resident education
  • Emergency ultrasound education
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Brigham Temple MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Activities:

  • Director, Emergency Preparedness, Division of Emergency Medicine, NUH-Evanston

Specific Interests:

  • Emergency preparedness and disaster management
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Michael Wahl MD, FACEP, FACMT
Senior Clinician Educator Medical Director, Illinois Poison Center

Dr. Wahl is an attending emergency physician at University Northshore Healthsystems and also provides acute care medical toxicology consult services for the system. He is the Medical Director of the Illinois Poison Center and is responsible for the administrative and medical oversight of the statewide poison control center and its staff of approximately 30 individuals. The Illinois Poison Center receives over 87,000 calls annually and partners with healthcare, EMS and law enforcement agencies to help reduce the incidence and injury from harmful substances.

Dr. Wahl is primary faculty with the Toxikon Consortium (partnership between John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, University of Illinois Medical Center, Rush-St. Luke Presbyterian Hospital).  Toxikon’s mission is to provide excellence in clinical care, training, education, and research related to the poisoned patient.

He is also Medical Director of Clinical Services for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) a membership association of hospitals and health care organizations in the greater Chicago region with almost 150 members.

Interests include acute care toxicology, new and novel drugs of abuse, response to emerging public health threats and applications for telemedicine.

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Ernest Wang MD, FACEP
Alvin H. Baum Family Fund Chair of Simulation and Innovation, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL; Clinical Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

My interests include medical simulation, development of expertise, procedural training, and I believe that “A” in KSA is more important than “K” or “S” if you want to be great at anything in life, not just learning the art of medicine.

Dad, Husband, Emergency Physician, Cyclist, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Sim Center Director, Working to bring HUMANITY & HUMOUR back to medicine…

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