University of Chicago

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James Ahn MD, MHPE
Associate Program Director Associate Professor of MedicineMedical Education Fellowship Director

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: University of Chicago
  • Medical Degree: Thomas Jefferson University
  • Residency: University of Chicago
  • Masters of Health Professions Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Medical Education/Curricular Design
  • Evaluation/Learner Assessment

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Chicago, Section of Emergency Medicine 2013
  • Emergency Medicine Mentorship Award, University of Chicago, Section of Emergency Medicine 2013
  • Bucksbaum Associate Junior Faculty Scholar Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, The University of Chicago 2015
  • CORD Faculty Teaching Award Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors 2015
  • Fellow Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, Prtizker School of Medicine 2017
  • National Emergency Medicine Junior Faculty Teaching Award American College of Emergency Physicians 2017
  • Emergency Medicine Mentorship Award University of Chicago, Section of Emergency Medicine Residency Program 2018
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Christine Babcock MD, MSc, FACEP
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Associate Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • BA, University of Wisconsin College of Arts and Letters
  • MD, University of Wisconsin Medical School
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Chicago Medicine
  • MS, University of Chicago Graham School
  • Humanitarian Studies Course Certificate, Harvard University
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • 2015 Faculty Selected Mentor, Alpha Omega Alpha Banquet, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • 2015 Outstanding Emergency Medicine Faculty Mentor Award, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine
  • 2018 EMRA Faculty Mentor of the Year Award

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Residency curriculum development
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Krystal M. Baciak MD
Associate EMS Medical Director, Region XI-Chicago South Assistant EMS Fellowship DirectorDirector, Resident EMS Rotation

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: University of Wisconsin
  • Medical Degree: New York Medical College
  • Emergency Medicine Residency: Jacobi/Montefiore Medical Center
  • EMS Fellowship: University of Southern California/LA County
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board Certification

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Pre-Hospital Trauma Care
  • Pre-hospital cardiac arrest
  • EMS
  • Pre-hospital STEMI care

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians
  • Council of EMS Fellowship Directors
  • Region XI Medical Directors Consortium
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians EMS Committee
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Eric H. Beck DO, MPH
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Dr. Beck is currently a clinical associate in the University of Chicago’s Emergency Department. When he is not in the E.D., Dr. Beck is the president of UH Ventures in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Beck collaborates with UH leaders to accelerate system growth through new business endeavors and expansion of existing programs. He helps identify and evaluate new opportunities through acquisition, joint ventures and other arrangements to further UH’s strategic plan, while managing a portfolio of assets to maximize growth.

Education/Credentials:

  • BS, 2004, John Carroll University
  • DO, 2008, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Medicine
  • Internship, 2009, Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Residency, 2011, University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine
  • Chief Resident, 2012, University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine
  • EMS Fellowship, 2012, Chicago Fire Department
  • MPH, 2014, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Awards:

  • 2017 Top 10 Up and Coming Industry Leaders in Managed Care by Managed Healthcare Executive
  • 2016 recipient of Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers Award

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Business Innovation
  • Development of Health Care Organizations
  • EMS Operations

Past Accolades:

  • President of University of North Texas (UNT) Health clinical enterprise
  • Senior Executive with Envision Healthcare
  • EMS operations Medical Director for the City of Chicago
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David G. Beiser MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics

Dr. Beiser’s research applies biomedical engineering methods to the challenge of improving outcomes following cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction and stroke. As part of a mult-disciplinary collaboration between basic scientists, engineers and clinicians, he is involved in a variety of clinical studies, translational research projects and device-development initiatives.

Education/Credentials:

  • B.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • M.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Residency, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Information Technology (HIT)
  • Mobile Health (mHealth) applications
  • Interface between chronic disease management, information technology, connected health interventions and clinical emergency medicine

Other Activities:

  • Course Director, Cell and Organ Physiology, Pritzker School of Medicine
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Daniel Bickley MD, MBA
Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Undergraduate (B.A. in Linguistics): Cornell University
  • Medical School (M.D.): University of Michigan
  • Business School (MBA): University of Michigan
  • Residency: University of Chicago
  • Fellowship in Administration (Operations and Quality): University of Colorado
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • ED Operations
  • Quality
  • Safety
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Ira Blumen MD
Professor of Medicine Medical Director of The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)

Dr. Blumen is an expert in the area of air medical transport and critical care transport with over 30 years of experience. He has authored numerous publications and has served as co-editor for the Air Medical Physician Handbook since 1993 and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Fourth Edition. He was also the lead researcher and author of “A Safety Review and Risk Assessment in Air Medical Transport.”

Education/Credentials:

  • MD, 1981, Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Internship/Transitional Year, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Residency, 1984, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/UIC
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards and Past Accolades:

  • Aeromedical safety- 2004 recipient of the AAMS Charlson Award for significant contributions to aviation safety within the air medical transport community
  • Consultant for TV shows such as “ER” & “Chicago Med” as well as movies, including “Batman: The Dark Knight,” “Contagion,” “The Lake House”, etc.

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Air-Medical Transport
  • EMTALA Regulations
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • High altitude illness
  • Dysbaric injuries
  • Transport Medicine
  • Airway management

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Past President, Air Medical Physician Association
  • Chair, Forum of Air Medical Associations

News Articles:

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Andrew V. Bokarius MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • B.S. in Physiology, 2008, University of California in Los Angeles
  • MD, 2014, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, 2017, University of Chicago
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Interdepartmental research
  • Therapeutic methods and new devices
  • Pain management
  • Bedside ultrasonography
  • Resident teaching
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Keme Carter MD
Associate Professor of Medicine Director of Emergency Medicine ClerkshipAssociate Dean of Admissions, Pritzker School of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Vanderbilt University
  • Medical Degree: University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency Program: University of Chicago
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • Favorite Faculty Award (Pritzker School of Medicine Classes 2011, 2014, 2015, & 2019)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators (2011)
  • Doroghazi Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award (2014 & 2015)
  • Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, Dept. of Medicine (2014)
  • The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (2015)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Class of 2015 Faculty Honoree
  • 2019 Faculty Marshal Award

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Medical Education
  • Optimizing Communication practices in the ED

Professional Organizations:

  • Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM)
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Diane Chaney MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Education/Credentials

  • BA, 1983, University of Oklahoma, Finance
  • MD, 1987, University of Oklahoma,
  • Residency, 1990, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Residency, 1993, The University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine

Special Interests:

  • Clinical Education of ER Residents and Medical Students
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Neuroradiology as it relates to Emergency Medicine
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Keegan Checkett MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine Director, International Emergency Medicine Medical Education FellowshipDirector, International Emergency Medicine

Dr. Checkett currently serves as the Residency Director for the first ever Emergency Medicine residency program in Haiti located at the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (University of Mirebalais) in partnership with Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health.

Education/Credentials:

  • BA in English/Drama, Dartmouth College
  • MD, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of California – San Francisco
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Chicago
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Global emergency care and Emergency Medicine development
  • Educational tools and clinical resources for the emergency provider in the limited resource setting
  • International Emergency Medicine residency and fellowship curricula for regions developing emergency care
  • Resident education in international emergency medicine

Awards:

  • 2014 Faculty Mentor of the Year, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine
  • 2015 Commencement speaker and Distinguished Alumnus Award, Thomas Jefferson Independent School

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM), Education Committee
  • International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM), Education Committee
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), International Section
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Global Emergency Medicine Academy
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (chapter president, 2005-2005)
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Linda Druelinger MD
Emergency Medicine Section Chief Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago (formerly known as Chicago Circle Campus)
  • Medical Degree: Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Residency Training: University of Chicago
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Chicago, Department of Medicine 2018

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Medical Education
  • Clinical Operations
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Thomas L. Fisher MD, MPH
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Dr. Thomas L. Fisher is currently a clinical associate in The University of Chicago Medicine’s Emergency Department. When he is not in the Emergency Dept, Dr. Fisher leads Health Care Service Corp.’s (HCSC) efforts to eliminate health disparities as the Vice President of New Consumer Health Strategies and Research.

In the past, Dr. Fisher partnered with New Communities Program – Woodlawn in “Ask the Doctor” which was a monthly community discussion on health. Dr. Fisher also co-founded Project Brotherhood, a health care center specifically for African-American men in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn. Last but most definitely not least, Dr. Fisher developed a community medical center partnership called “Community Solutions in Action” to produce research and interventions that transform emergency departments’ approaches to vulnerable communities.

Education/Credentials:

  • B.A., Dartmouth College
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
  • M.D., University of Chicago
  • Emergency Medicine Residency Training, University of Chicago (served as chief resident his senior year)

Honors and Awards:

  • 2013 Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40
  • 2010-2011 White House Fellow
  • 2004 -2006 Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Specific Interests:

  • Health Care Disparities
  • Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
  • Community Health
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Cai Glushak MD, FACEP
Clinical Professor of Medicine

Dr. Cai Glushak is currently a clinical professor in The University of Chicago’s Emergency Department. When Dr. Glushak is not in the E.D., he serves as the International Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of AXA Assistance and AXA Travel Insurance. Dr. Glushak has a long history of medical direction in their fields of transport medicine and aeromedical services. He has provided medical direction for travel and corporate assistance for 20+ years and heads a team of over 20 medical directors and over 300 medical staff throughout all offices of AXA Assistance globally, promoting best practices in international medical care as well as medical aspects of cost-control. Prior to AXA Assistance, Dr. Glushak served as the EMS Medical Director for the University of Chicago Hospitals for two decades providing medical oversight for ambulance and transport services for the City of Chicago.

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s in Physiology, McGill University
  • Medical Degree, McGill University
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Member, National Transitions of Care Coalition
  • Member,  Health Advisory Board at iJET International, Inc.
  • Board Member of EURAMI, the European Aeromedical Institute which credentials air ambulance providers
  • 2001-2002 President of ICEP
  • Past member of ICEP Board of Directors for a total of three terms (1993-2003)
  • 2018 ICEP Councillor
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Vishal Gupta MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • MS, 2001, The University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering with Honors
  • MD, 2006, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Residency, 2009, William Beaumont Hospital, Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
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Nadim Mike Hafez MD
Ultrasound Director Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • MD: Medical College of Georgia
  • Emergency Medicine Residency: Henry Ford Hospital
  • Ultrasound Fellowship: Emory University Hospital/Grady Memorial Hospital
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • 2018 Department of Medicine Resident Clinical Teaching Award

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Point of Care Emergency Ultrasound
  • Resident and medical student education
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David A. Harter MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • BS, 1987, The University of Michigan, Biology
  • MD, 1991, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Residency, 1994, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
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Kamaldeep Heyer MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine
Education/Credentials:

  • MD, 2008, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, 2013, The University of Chicago
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
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Teresita Hogan MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine Director of Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Purdue University
  • Medical Degree: University of Illinois
  • Residency: Emergency Medicine University of Illinois
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Geriatric Emergency Medicine
  • Quality Improvement
  • Medical Education
  • Emergency Pain Management
  • Emergency Management of Falls in Older Adults
  • Geriatric Emergency Departments
  • Models of Care

Awards:

  • 2012 Outstanding Emergency Medicine Faculty Member Mentorship, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency
  • The Gerson-Sanders Award, Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine. This award recognizes Dr. Hogan’s extraordinary work and commitment to improving the care of geriatric patients in the Emergency Department.
  • Outstanding Emergency Medicine Faculty Member Mentorship, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency
  • First Prize Poster Presentation: The University of Chicago Symposium on the Future of Health Care Policy for Aging Populations

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians
  • American Geriatrics Society
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David S. Howes MD
Professor of Medicine Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics

Education/Credentials:

  • BS, 1973, University of Wisconsin: Biology, Chemistry, & English
  • MD, 1977, University of Wisconsin
  • Residency, 1980, University of Rochester, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Past Accolades:

  • Program Director Emeritus, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Head and Career Advisor, Dallas B Phemister Society, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Special Interests:

  • Interpersonal violence detection and intervention
  • ED patient knowledge of advanced directives
  • Educational teaching models for student and resident trainees
  • Mentorship in the academic medical environment
  • Physician-patient communication
  • STI Screening
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Zach Jarou MD
Clinical Associate EM Administrative Fellow

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Michigan State University (Physiology with High Honors)
  • Medical Degree: Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine
  • Residency: Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine (DHREM)
  • MBA Candidate: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Emergency department and health system operations
  • Clinical decision support
  • Health information exchange and interoperability
  • Human-computer interaction with EHR
  • Data analytics
  • Medical quality management
  • Value-based health care
  • Leadership Development

Awards:

  • ACEP President’s Award for Outstanding Service (2018)
  • American Society of Association Executives: Power to Innovate (2017)

Professionals Organizations and Committees:

  • American Medical Association (ACEP Delegate to AMA-RFS, 2017-Present)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (EM Standardized Video Interview Working Group, 2017-Present)
  • CORD Application Process Improvement Committee (EMRA Match Subcommittee Chair, 2017-Present)
  • Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA President, 2016-2019)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP Councillor, ACEP Spokesperson, Member of CEDR and Finance Committees, Informatics Section Member)
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Murray J. Keene MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine
Education/Credentials:

  • BS, 1975, University of Illinois
  • MD, 1980, Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Residency, 1983, Cook County Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Residency, 1985, The University of Chicago, Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
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Julianne Kjolhede DO
Clinical Associate of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelors, University of Michigan
  • DO, 2013, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, 2017, Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia
  • American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine
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Paul E. Kukulski MD
Medical Education Fellow Clinical Associate of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Psychology: 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Medical Degree: 2014, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency: 2017, University of Chicago
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Areas of Interest:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Feedback/Evaluation
  • Curriculum Development
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Nicholas Ludmer MD
International Medical Education Fellow

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelors Degree: University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana
  • Medical Degree: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency: University of Cincinnati

Scholarly Interests:

  • International Medical Education
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P. Quincy Moore MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies: Brown University
  • Medical Degree: University of California at Davis
  • Residency: Cook County Chief resident: Cook County

Clinical Research &/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Social Emergency Medicine (Intersection between public health and emergency medicine)
  • Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution
  • Law Enforcement in the Emergency Department

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Education Co-chair, ACEP Social Emergency Medicine Section
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • 2019 Outstanding EM Faculty Mentorship Award
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Robert A. Mulliken MD
Associate Professor of Medicine Inpatient Medical mDirector

Dr. Bob Mulliken has been a full-time faculty member at the University of Chicago Medicine since 1990. He has held a number of leadership and administrative positions.

Education/Credentials:

  • Medical Degree, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Internal Medicine Residency, UIC
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Chicago (also served as Chief Resident his senior year)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Medical Operations
  • Health Care Financing
  • Geriatric outcomes after ED visits
  • ED asthma care
  • Clinical trials with anti-infectives, MRSA and SSTI’s
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Health Care Administration
  • Utilization Review
  • Immune Dysregulation
  • Hepatology and IBD
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Dermatologic presentations of systemic disease
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Adriana Olson MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Education/Credentials:
  • BS, 2006, The Pennsylvania State University, Kinesiology with Honors
  • MD, 2010, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, 2014, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • M.A.Ed, 2018, Central Michigan University
Awards:
  • 2019 Outstanding EM Faculty Teaching Award
  • ACEP’s 2018 National Emergency Medicine Junior Faculty Teaching Award
Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Patient Safety
  • Resident Mentorship
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Nathan Olson MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Education/Credentials:
  • BS, 2004, University of California, San Diego, Microbiology
  • MD, 2010, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, 2014, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • M.A.Ed, 2018, Central Michigan University
Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:
  • Medical Education
  • Simulation
  • Learning theory/application
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Aasim Padela MD, MSc, FACEP
Associate Professor of Medicine Director of Initiative on Islam and Medicine

Dr. Padela is a clinician-researcher and bioethicist whose scholarship lies at the intersection of community health and religion. He utilizes diverse methodologies from health services research, religious studies, and comparative ethics to examine the encounter of Islam with contemporary biomedicine through the lives of Muslim patients and clinicians, and in the scholarly writings of Islamic authorities. His research forays also explore broader questions related to discrimination and diversity in the healthcare workforce, end-of-life care ethics, and cultural accommodations in healthcare.

Dr. Padela’s empirical research focuses on the ways in which religious beliefs, values and identity impacts American Muslim health behaviors and the healthcare inequities faced by American Muslims. He also charts out the ways in which Islam influences the practice of American Muslim physicians. He is currently a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding where he takes this descriptive work to the policy-level developing recommendations for healthcare institutions and state authorities that better meet the needs of American Muslim patients and a diverse healthcare workforce.

Dr. Padela’s normative bioethics work focuses on applied Islamic bioethics. He is interested in the ways in which the Islamic tradition and the standard bearers of that tradition assess modern biomedicine. His interest lies in how scientific data and ways of knowing can inform and work in concert with traditional Islamic moral and scholastic theology. Further he studies how Islamic ethico-legal verdicts respond to bioethical challenges and the gaps in the fatawa discourse. In this arena he collaborates with traditional Islamic jurisconsults at Dar-ul-Qasim Islamic institute and co-directed a landmark conference entitled Where Religion, Bioethics, and Policy Meet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care.

Dr. Padela completed undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Classical Arabic & Literature at the University of Rochester. After earning his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, he returned to the University of Rochester for a residency in emergency medicine. From 2008-2011 Dr. Padela was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan, where he led a program of community-based participatory research studying the role of religion in American Muslim health behaviors, healthcare seeking patterns, and healthcare challenges. In 2010 he was also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies at Oxford University working on projects related to Islamic theological ethics and moral obligation. From 2012-2014 Dr. Padela will be joining the first cohort of the Templeton Foundation Faculty Scholars Program.

Dr. Padela’s work has been featured by multiple media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and The National.

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
  • Bachelor of Arts, Classical Arabic & Literature, University of Rochester
  • Master of Science, Health and Healthcare Research, University of Michigan
  • Medical Degree, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • University of Rochester Emergency Medicine Residency
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Activities:

  • Faculty, Maclean Center for Clinical Ethics
  • 2016 Religion, Bioethics and the Practice of Medicine. Core course in the MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship.
  • 2017 Religious Insights into Doctoring. Core course in the MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship, and offered as a medical student elective.

Awards:

  • 2016 Smith H. & Lucille Gibson Endowed Lecture in Medical Ethics, University of Cincinnati
  • 2016 Mid-Career Leadership Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • 2018 Reverend Dobihal Endowed Lecture, Yale University

Professional Organizations & Committees:

  • 2016- Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • 2016- Strategic Advisory Board, Whitestone Foundation
  • 2016- Expert, Institute for Social Policy & Understanding
  • 2016- Mentorship and Faculty Development Committee, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
  • 2017- Research Committee, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
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Alejandro A. Palma MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • B.S., in Mathematics and Biology. Minor in Economics and Chemistry. Massachusetts Institute Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. New York City, NY
  • Emergency Medicine Residency Training, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • 2019 Department of Medicine Resident Clinical Teaching Award
  • UofC EM Resident Teaching Award
  • ICEP Leadership Scholar
  • Columbia J.F. Bohmfalk Scholar
  • MIT Community Catalyst

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Pain Management
  • Opiate/Opioid Reduction
  • Trauma
  • Violence Reduction
  • Health Policy
  • Resident Education
  • Resident Pain Education

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP)
  • Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA)
  • Committee on Pain Care Stewardship
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John Purakal MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Education/Credentials:

  • MD, 2014, Wayne State University, Medicine
  • Residency, 2016, University of Illinois, Emergency Medicine
  • Chief Resident, 2017, University of Illinois, Emergency Medicine
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • 2017 Recipient of Derek Piper Scholarship

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • ED Management of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Medical Education
  • Public Health
  • International Medicine
  • Hypertension
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Health Beliefs
  • The rise of noncommunicable diseases in developing nations
  • Improving Patient Education on newly diagnosed diseases

Other Activities:

  • Founder of UChicago ROCK (Raising Our Community’s Knowledge): “It’s a free, health education initiative — lectures, demonstrations, plus questions and answers from the audience — covering common health concerns. The program is aimed at the South Side community surrounding University of Chicago Medicine.”
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Daniel W. Robinson MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine Director of Simulation
Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Gonzaga University
  • Medical School: University of Washington
  • Residency: Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine (Initially: Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies)
  • Fellowship: Simulation and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Current Master’s Degree Candidate: University of Illinois at Chicago: Master’s of Health Professions Education
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research &/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Simulation Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Airway
  • Diagnostic Errors
  • Cognitive biases

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, Education Committee Member, 2016-Current
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, Podcast Committee, 2016-Current
  • Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, Intensive Board Review Course Committee Member, 2016
  • Steering Committee for the development of the University of Illinois at Chicago Simulation Institute, 2015-2016
  • Chicago Simulation Consortium, 2014-present
  • Emergency Medicine Residents Association Resident Representative, 2013-2014

Awards:

  • Golden Apple Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016
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Willard W. Sharp MD, PhD, FACEP , FAAEM
Assistant Professor of Medicine

The overall goal of Dr. Sharp’s research is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that couple mitochondrial behavior with cellular energetic demand. Specifically, his lab studies how substrate limitations or increased work load of the cell are coupled with altered mitochondrial metabolism, dynamics, and biogenesis to meet these demands. These cellular principles have particular translational relevance in the setting of cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, sepsis, and traumatic injury.

Dr. Sharp is also investigating the protective effects of mild hypothermia at the cellular and tissue level. Hypothermia is used during cardiac surgery, has been shown to improve outcomes from cardiac arrest in randomized clinical trials. While hypothermia is known to slow the utilization of ATP, Dr. Sharp’s lab has demonstrated that hypothermia also appears to specifically block known signaling pathways that regulate the mitochondria including AMPK and mTOR. Recent work by the lab also demonstrates that hypothermia regulates DRP1, a known modulator of mitochondrial fission and metabolism. Since hypothermia is one of the few clinically proven tools used to improve patient outcomes, understanding its effects on mitochondrial behavior could lead to improved pharmacological strategies for treating patients. Dr. Sharp’s work through its basic science and translational approaches has the potential for high impact discovery.

Dr. Sharp earned his undergraduate degree in biology and history at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in biomedical science at the University of South Carolina studying the role of mechanical forces in the regulation of cardiac myofibrillogenesis. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Sharp earned his medical degree from the University of South Carolina graduating Magna Cum Laude. During his medical studies he earned a Rotarian Ambassadorial Fellowship from 2001-2002 to study gene therapy of cystic fibrosis at Oxford University, Oxford England. He completed emergency medicine residency at the University of Michigan in 2007 and is board certified.

Dr. Sharp is a former Eagle Scout and has been recognized for his efforts to resuscitate a victim of cardiac arrest in 2007 by the Canton, MI fire department. Dr. Sharp earned the young investigator award from the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in 2008, 2009, and 2010. His work is currently funded by the NIH with a K08 award.

Education/Credentials:

  • Wofford College B.S.
  • University of South Carolina Ph.D
  • University of South Carolina, (Manga Cum Laude) M.D.
  • University of Michigan EM Residency
  • State of Illinois Physician License
  • State of Michigan Physician License
  • 2008 – present Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine #37842
  • 2010 – present Fellow American Academy of Emergency Medicine (FAAEM)
  • 2010 – present Fellow American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP)

Awards:

  • 2016 Best Abstract Award (Translational Medicine), Department of Medicine Janet Rowley Research Day, University of Chicago
  • 2016 2nd Place Open Form Category, University of Chicago Pritzker Poetry Contest
  • 2016 Best Abstract Award (Translational Medicine), University of Chicago Cardiology Research Day
  • 2017 Best Abstract Award (Basic Science), Department of Medicine Janet Rowley Research Day, University of Chicago

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation
  • Mitochondria and Metabolism
  • Torpor/Hibernation as therapy for ischemic injury
  • Development of physician scientists in EM

Professional Organizations/Committees and Boards:

  • SAEM Research Committee
  • SAEM Faculty Development Committee
  • Maria Shelter Free Medical Clinic Service
  • ICEP Board of Directors
  • ICEP Research Committee
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Joshua A. Sherman MD
Clinical Associate of Medicine
Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Vanderbilt University
  • Medical Degree: Louisiana State University School Of Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency: LSU/Charity Hospital
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Resident Education
  • Trauma Recidivism
  • Socioeconomic determinants of health access & health outcomes
  • Community Outreach
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Thomas Spiegel MD, MBA, MS, FACEP
Medical Director of the Emergency Department Assistant Professor of MedicineED Administrative Fellowship Director

Education/Credentials

  • M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
  • M.S., Management Information Systems. University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
  • M.B.A., Finance. University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
  • B.A., English. Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine

Awards:

  • Vizient panel member 10/18: “Emergency Medicine of the Future…Optimize for Today, Prepare for Tomorrow – A Visioning Session!”
  • Top Poster Award: 2017 University of Chicago Quality Symposium. Moore J, Marshall A, Canellas M, Spiegel T. The Gravity of Granularity: An ED Throughput Experiment. 5/2017

Clinical Research &/or Scholarly Interests:

  • Data Mining/Predictive Analytics
  • Optimizing ED Throughput
  • Enhancing the Patient Experience
  • Refining Data-driven Dashboards to Improve ED Performance
  • “How Traumatic is Trauma to the ED?”

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • ACEP: Quality and Patient Safety Committee Member
  • ACEP: Clinical Data Registry Committee Member
  • ACEP: Medical Director Section Newsletter co-editor
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Kimberly Stanford MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Education/Credentials:

  • BS, 2001, Yale University, Electrical Engineering
  • BA, 2001, Yale University, Music
  • MD, 2013, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine Residency, 2017, Brigham & Womens Hospital (a Harvard affiliated facility)

Clinical Research and Scholarly Activities:

  • Global Emergency Medicine
  • Humanitarian Crisis Response
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Human Trafficking
  • Refugee Health
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Health Care in Austere Environments
  • Global Health
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Katie Tataris MD, MPH, FAEMS, FACEP
Associate Professor of Medicine EMS Medical Director – Chicago South EMS SystemEMS Fellowship Director

Dr. Tataris completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Cook County (Stroger) Hospital. She went on to fellowship training in EMS/Disaster Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital (UCSF-SFGH) with a focus on Emergency Preparedness through the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. She also completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley. Her predominant interests are out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and system disaster preparedness.

Education/Credentials:

  • Bachelors Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Medical Degree: Rush Medical College
  • Residency: Cook County (Stroger) Hospital
  • Masters in Public Health: University of California Berkeley
  • Fellowship: EMS/Disaster Medicine at University of California San Francisco
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board Certification

Clinical Research &/or Scholarly Interests:

  • EMS Regionalized Systems of Care
  • Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest
  • Mass Casualty Incidents
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Opiate Abuse

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Chair, Region XI EMS Continuous Quality Improvement Committee
  • Member, Council of EMS Fellowship Directors
  • Member, National Association of EMS Physicians
  • Member, ICEP EMS Committee
  • Member, Illinois Burn Subcommittee
  • Member, ACEP
  • Member, SAEM
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James J. Walter MD
Professor of Medicine

Director of Quality, Section of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research & Scholarly Interests:

  • Patient safety
  • Evidence-based teaching
  • Development of collaborative clinical guidelines
  • Systems/Operational issues affecting patient care and follow-up