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December 21, 2017

December 2017

Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Friends and Colleagues,

As we put the finishing touches on a remarkable 2017, I hope you will take a moment to note some of the recent successes of our faculty in the Department since our last Medicine Matters. In the new year, we look forward to sharing more of these stories of both distinction and pride, and to lending the support of the Chairman’s office to help advance them. In the meantime, I wish you and yours the most happy and healthy of holiday seasons.

Warmest regards,

McDermott Recognized as American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist

In November, Mary McDermott, MD, Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and of Preventive Medicine, was awarded with the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Heart Association for her longtime and landmark work on patients with, and the impact of, lower extremity peripheral artery disease.

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Congratulations on Faculty Promotions, Investitures

The Department hosted its annual celebration event in October for all faculty promoted in 2017 and those newly invested into an endowed professorship. These accomplishments are hallmarks of the Department’s aims for distinctive impact in science and medicine and these faculty are outstanding ambassadors for the very best of what we endeavor to be. Congratulations to all.

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Northwestern Hospitalists Named Top 10

Gopi Astik, MD, and Rachel Cyrus, MD, were both named to the American College of Physicians 2017 Top 10 Hospitalists. Cyrus and Astik both serve as medical directors and clinical practice leaders in the Division of Hospital Medicine.

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Gradishar Named Among Top Breast Cancer Oncologists

In a study aiming to use Big Data to identify the best specialists in the country, industry ‘innovator’ Grand Rounds has named William J Gradishar, MD, Betsy Bramsen Professor of Breast Oncology and acting chief in the Division of Hematology and Oncology as one of the top 27 breast oncologists in the country.

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Ardehali, Luo to Lead FSM’s Medical Scientist Training Program

Effective with the start of Fiscal Year 2018, Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD, professor in the Division of Cardiology, was named the new Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program, where he will work closely with Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD, the Margaret Gray Morton Professor in the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension, who was also newly named as Associate Director of MSTP Admissions.

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Varga Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

John Varga, MD, John and Nancy Hughes Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Scleroderma Foundation, the highest honor the Foundation bestows upon one of its members. With more than a decade of service as Chair of the Foundation’s Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, Varga led the organization through an unprecedented period of scientific advancement in scleroderma research.

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Fellowship Match

December 6th was Fellowship Match Day and the Department is proud to share this year’s results and excited to welcome our new additions, and many familiar faces, this upcoming July.

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Landsberg Society Weekend A Big Success

In September, the Department welcomed 70 former trainees and current faculty to campus to join the inaugural Lewis Landsberg Weekend Update in the Science and Practice of Medicine. The meeting delivered insightful updates to the practice of internal medicine and offered an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with friends and colleagues and to hear about recent developments at Northwestern Medicine.

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In Memoriam: Mihai Gheorghiade, MD

The Department is saddened by the passing of Mihai Gheorghiade, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, on August 23rd. In his 25 years on the faculty of Northwestern, the immensity of his contributions to our campus and indeed all of medical science are eclipsed only by the lasting legacy he leaves through the hundreds of trainees that continue to pursue the discovery and dissemination of clinical knowledge that defined his career. As the Department considers options to memorialize Gheorghiade in a manner befitting of his distinction, please join us as we offer our respect and appreciation for our friend and colleague; a gentleman and a scholar.

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