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2017 DCAC Member Roles, Honors and Awards

Clyde Yancy, MD, MSc: Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Magerstadt Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Chief, Division of Cardiology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.  Associate Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular InstituteNorthwestern Memorial Hospital.  Recently inducted into the National Academy of Medicine (October 2017)

June McKoy MD, JD, MBA:
Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics), Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship.  Recently received FAME Outstanding Teacher Award (Sept 2017).

Hector Cajigas MD:
Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulm & Critical Care), Associate Division Head (Clinical Operations), Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Steering Committee member of the Pulm Vascular Network of CHEST, 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Leonard Baidoo MD:
Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Program Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Advanced Fellowship Program and Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Daniel Ganger MD:
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) and Surgery (Organ Transplantation)

Peter Sporn MD:
Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care), Cell and Molecular Biology and Medical Education, Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

Babafemi Taiwo MBBS:
Gene Stollerman Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Fernanda Heitor MD:
Instructor of Medicine (Geriatrics), Assistant Program Director, Geriatrics Fellowship, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

Noon Conference
David Ansell, MD is the Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity and Associate Provost for Community Affairs at Rush University Medical Center.  He is also author of the book The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills.  He was the Diversity Council Medical Grand Rounds speaker a couple of years ago, and at that time also gave a presentation on "Racism in Academic Medicine" at a special noon conference with the residents. He recently returned to provide another noon conference on healthcare disparities.



On Saturday October 14th Dr. Quentin Youmans lead the Student to Resident Institutional Vehicle for Excellence (STRIVE) mentorship initiatives with NU students, residents, and fellows! 


Noon Conference

On June 6th Northwestern's Internal Medicine Residency program hosted LTG. Nadja Y. West. LTG West is a Three Star Lieutenant General, the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army, and Commanding General of the US Army Medical Command. She is the highest ranking woman from the US Military Academy, the highest ranked African American woman in the Army, and the first African-American Surgeon General of the Army. LTG West was happy to teach the students and residents about life, medicine, and Star Trek! She is featured in this photo with (from left to right) Drs. Didwania, Yancy, Gates, and Campbell-Yesufu. 


Northwestern Residency Showcase 

On April 29th Northwestern's Residency Showcase was held with students from across the country interested in learning about NU.  Medicine was well represented with residents from all 3 classes.  Dr. Mobola Campbell Yesufu (Diversity Council Co-Director), Dr. Joyce Njoroge, Dr. Michael Blanco, Dr. Cedric Munoz, Dr. Thalia Torres, Dr. Lola Alakija and Dr. Aashish Didwania (IM Residency Director), all pictured below.


Grand Rounds

Northwestern University Department of Medicine welcomed our Chicago Scholar Lecturer Dr. Jeffrey M. Drazen for Medical Grand Rounds on April 18, 2017. The annual Chicago Scholar Lecture involves a dinner hosted by Northwestern and University of Chicago, with the guest speaker spending a half-day at each institution giving grand rounds and meeting with faculty.  Dr. Drazen is the Editor-in-Chief for the New England Journal of Medicine, a Senior Physician for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Distinguished Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Drazen lectured on “Data Sharing in the Context of Medical Publishing” which can be viewed through Canvas. Featured in the photo with Dr. Drazen are Chairman Dr. Douglas E. Vaughan, Program Director Dr. Aashish Didwania, and Chief Resident Dr. William Werbel.  


Firm Conference

February 9th Firm Conference hosted by Dr. Mobola Campbell-Yesufu with guest speakers Dr. Samer Attar (Orthopaedics) and Dr. Lori Soglin (General Internal Medicine). Dr. Attar is an an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Soglin is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Attar and Dr. Soglin shared powerful stories, how they developed their career path, skills and opportunities to get involved. Their inspiration to be advocates and service oriented for our patients was a powerful theme. 

Grand Rounds

DrazenJanuary 3rd Grand Rounds with Alex Kotlowitz, senior lecturer at NU​'s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications who will be speaking on "Violence and Chicago".

Mr. Kotlowitz is a respected journalist, author and producer.  His piece for This American Life on Harper High School in Chicago won a Peabody award for journalism and his film the Interrupters was featured at the Sundance Film Festival. ​

Following Grand Rounds around 9am, we will host an hour long seminar with him in the Department of Medicine discussing violence and disparities in Chicago.  This is topic is timely and relevant.  Chicago Tribune's latest numbers (as of today) report a total of 4188 shooting victims from Jan 1-Dec 15, 2016. These numbers far exceed last year's total of 2988 shooting victims from Jan 1-Dec 31, 2015.  The impact on our patients both directly and indirectly is far-reaching. 

DCAC Resident Brunch

Drs. Campbell and Gates hosted residents for a relaxing brunch at Yolk to provide the residents an opportunity to meet outside the hospital.  The senior residents were on hand to share their experiences and give interns advice on how to thrive and excel in their first year.

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DCAC and Office of Diversity and Inclusion host luncheon for Spring Lyceum speaker Dr. John Rich

Dr. John Rich, MD MPH Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health is a leader in the field of public health, and his work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations—African-American men in urban settings. In 2006, Dr. Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In awarding this distinction, the Foundation cited his work to design "new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers."

Dr. Rich was the Feinberg School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Spring Lyceum Speaker, and he spoke on “Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Seeing Violence Through the Lens of Trauma”.  Following his lecture, there was a luncheon with the DCAC.

DCAC and Office of Diversity and Inclusion host luncheon in honor of Former U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello.

Dr. Antonia Novello served as the fourteenth U.S. Surgeon General from 1990-1993, and was the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold this office. During her tenure she was an outspoken champion of diversity and inclusion. Her presentation to the first year medical students addressed health disparities in the context of U.S. demographics.  Following her presentation, DCAC and ODI hosted a lunch with Dr. Novello discussing several topics including medical school recruitment of under-represented minorities, faculty diversity in medical research and community violence in Chicago.

DCAC Fall Welcome Event

The Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council hosted a Fall Welcome event for our new interns at Timmy O’Toole’s in Streeterville. Returning residents as well as fellows and faculty came out to meet the new interns, and to reconnect after the summer break.

Medical Grand Rounds

Dr. Ansell, the Senior Vice President for System Integration and Associate Provost at Rush University, gave a presentation at our annual DCAC Medical Grand Rounds Lecturer this year.  His Grand Rounds Lecture was held on September 22 and was titled “Closing the Death Gap: Doctors, Hospitals and Healthcare Disparity.”  Dr. Ansell's career has focused on health inequities and the structure of the US health care system.   He will also be leading an informal noon conference discussion for our residents and medical students about racism in academic medicine.

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Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Forum (NMURFF) welcome BBQ

This was a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues (in IM as well as other specialties) in a casual environment.  NMURFF is an organization formed several years ago to address the needs of underrepresented residents and fellows in medicine. This group holds activities throughout the year with a focus on professional development, outreach, networking and mentorship.

McGaw Residency Showcase

Northwestern McGaw Center for Graduate Medical Education and the Feinberg School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, recently held the 5th Annual Residency Showcase. The event was prepared for current medical students interested in pursuing residency training at Northwestern. After welcoming remarks and a panel discussion, residents from the Internal Medicine program joined faculty members Stevie Mazyck, Keenan Hawkins, Clyde Yancy, and Aashish Didwania to greet and chat with students about program highlights and structure.  The Internal Medicine table was the most popular table, visited by scores of students interested in learning more about Internal Medicine residency at Northwestern.  DCAC faculty and residents were well-represented at the event. 

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Annual Residency Diversity Showcase

The annual residency diversity showcase took place on May 7.  NU hosted students from across the country to promote diversity and community, specifically targeting students we are interested in recruiting to a Northwestern residency.  The program consisted of a morning program and afternoon mingle.