Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

News and Announcements

Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.

  • 03.08.2017
    The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) has named Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) among the Top 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women for the ninth consecutive year. The list recognizes organizations that have established policies to encourage women’s advancement and follow practices that demonstrate that commitment.
  • 03.03.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Stuart Rich, MD
  • 03.03.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

    A new study has provided yet more evidence that survivors of endometrial cancer should be closely monitored for cardiovascular disease. These women are at higher risk for various long-term cardiovascular problems compared with their cancer-free counterparts, especially phlebitis and thrombophlebitis, pulmonary heart disease, hypotension, and atrial fibrillation.

     

    In providing a rationale for their study, the research team from New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, Northwestern Medicine, and the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, pointed to the “particularly concerning effect” posed by cancer therapy–related cardiac dysfunction now that survivors are living longer.

  • Linder Joins Northwestern as Chief of General Internal Medicine
    03.01.2017 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
    The Department of Medicine is pleased to welcome Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, into the role of Chief of the  Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.
     

    Dr. Linder completed medical school at Northwestern, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, before going on to the University of California, San Francisco, to complete his residency.  He then went on to Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School to complete a research and clinical fellowship, and earn an MPH in clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Linder has held an academic appointment with Harvard since the completion of his clinical fellowship.  While a member of the Harvard faculty, Dr. Linder held a number of leadership posts, including serving as the Director for the Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network and Fellowship Site Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care.  Dr. Linder’s research interests are focused on healthcare quality.
  • 02.28.2017
    The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) has named Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) among the Top 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women for the ninth consecutive year. The list recognizes organizations that have established policies to encourage women’s advancement and follow practices that demonstrate that commitment.  NMHC has also been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother magazine for 17 consecutive years. For information on careers at Northwestern Medicine, visit the career section of our website.
  • 02.27.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

    Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) might help identify bladder cancer patients who may not be cured by radical cystectomy alone, researchers in Germany suggest.

    Dr. Sabine Riethdorf of University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf told Reuters Health, “Analyzing peripheral blood for CTCs has gained attraction not only for detection of occult micrometastatic disease and estimation of prognosis, but also for therapeutic decision-making.”

    “As results of our study show,” she said by email, “the presence of CTCs before radical cystectomy might identify urethelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB) patients in need of aggressive adjuvant chemo-, radio- or targeted therapy irrespective of histological subtype of the tumor.

    Dr. Shikha Jain of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago told Reuters Health, “This study had a small sample size with short-term follow up. There were limited patients in the variant UCB histology group, which the authors agree may have affected the results. Patients who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy were also not included in this study.” - 

  • 02.27.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

    Genetic testing in its various forms may be used to identify increased risk of health problems, choose treatments, or assess responses to treatment.

    From the clinician side, more investigation is necessary to optimize the use of biomarkers. “Although the technology is available, a significant investment in bioinformatics is necessary to achieve analytical and technical validity of testing,” says Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, associate director for precision medicine and translational research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Furthermore, linking clinical data to genomic data will ultimately prove the clinical utility of testing and provide the rationale for identifying biological information—in view of the fact that testing will reflect disease biology and represent a false negative or false positive result.” On the positive side, “The rate of error is decreasing tremendously due to the large number of patients being treated and improvements in technology.”

  • 02.23.2017
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine rose to 16th place among U.S. medical schools in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016.
  • 02.23.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

    Northwestern Medicine scientists showed how bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) family proteins regulate collagen I production and fibrosis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), one of the deadliest cancer.

    This study was co-lead by Krishan Kumar in the Munshi Lab. Other Northwestern Medicine co-authors include Brian DeCant and Kazumi Ebine, members of the Munshi Lab, David Bentrem, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, and HG Munshi, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine. Read more

  • 02.23.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Patrick McCarthy, MD
  • 02.21.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Clyde Yancy, MD
  • 02.21.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Patrick McCarthy, MD
  • Singer selected for the ATS Emerging Leaders Program
    02.15.2017 - Pulmonary and Critical Care

    Ben Singer, MD, was selected for the American Thoracic Society's Emerging Leaders Program. This goal of this program is to cultivate a pipeline of leaders within pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine who can serve the global community, their own institutions, and the American Thoracic Society. This is a new initiative aims to help develop leaders who will serve the Society’s mission of advancing global lung health while also contributing to their individual institutions.

  • 02.14.2017 - Cardiology

    The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine in downtown Streeterville, has snagged a $2.5 million gift to expand to three of the system's west suburban hospitals. 

  • 02.14.2017 - Cardiology

    Northwestern Medicine plans to use $2.5 million in gifts to expand cardiovascular services at its hospitals in Winfield, Geneva and DeKalb. 

    Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute's expansion plan includes providing additional services and a new hub at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield and improved clinical care services t Delnor Hospital in Geneva and Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb. 

  • 02.09.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Charles Davidson, MD and Ian Cohen, MD
  • 02.09.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Marla A. Mendelson, MD
  • 2017 Fellowship Match
    02.02.2017 - Education
    The Department is proud to welcome our new fellows to Northwestern!
  • 02.02.2017 - Allergy-Immunology

    Infants as young as 4 months old should be introduced to peanut-containing foods to prevent the development of peanut allergies, according to new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    “It’s an important issue for lots of parents. They don’t want their kids developing a food allergy,” said Dr. Ruchi Gupta, who helped develop the guidelines and is an attending physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital specializing in asthma, food allergies and eczema.

  • 02.01.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  James D. Flaherty, MD, Allen Anderson, MD and Patrick McCarthy, MD
  • 01.27.2017 - Endocrinology

    The time of day you hit the gym could have an impact on the quality of your workout, according to researchpublished in the October 2016 issue of Cell Metabolism.Researchers discovered circadian clocks in the muscle tissue that regulate how well it adapts to changes in the environment and activities throughout a 24-hour period. “Our sleep/wake cycle is programmed by our internal biological clock,” says lead researcher Joe Bass, MD, PhD, the chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. “There is a similar clock in the muscle tissue.”

  • 01.25.2017
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine rose to 16th place among U.S. medical schools in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016.
  • 01.24.2017 - Endocrinology

    Most of us are guilty of indulging in sugary foods and beverages over the holiday season. But with the new year, now is the time to get on track with your sugar intake. Knowing where to spot sugar is the first step. “The first thing that everybody needs to figure out is where the sugar is in their diet,” says Lisa Neff, MD, an endocrinologist at the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Some sources of sugar are more obvious (think cookies, cake and ice cream), but others are well hidden.

  • 01.19.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Rod Passman, MD
  • 01.10.2017 - Rheumatology
    "For older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic. Even a little activity is better than none," said Dorothy Dunlop, professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • 01.04.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Clyde W. Yancy, MD
  • 01.04.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Matthew Feinstein, MD, Cardiology Fellow
  • 01.04.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Clyde W. Yancy, MD
  • 01.04.2017 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  Charles J. Davidson, MD
  • 01.03.2017 - Rheumatology