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.

  • 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
  • Northwestern Medicine rheumatologist receives medical honoree from the Arthritis Foundation
    12.21.2016 - Rheumatology

    Calvin R. Brown Jr., MD, rheumatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named the Jingle Bell Run Chicago Medical Honoree from the Arthritis Foundation. He served as the medical honoree at the race that took place Saturday, Dec. 17. The Arthritis Foundation’s lDr. Brown and Dr. Hinchcliffong-running Jingle Bell Run is an annual festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say yes to furthering a great cause. To date, the run has raised more than $214,301 and Northwestern Medicine is one of the leading sponsors for the race. 

    In addition to seeing patients at Northwestern Memorial, Brown is a professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as the director of the rheumatology training program through the medical school. We sat down with Dr. Brown to discuss what this achievement means to him. 

    Q: What does it mean to be given the medical honoree for this event?
    A: It’s an exciting to receive this award. I’ve devoted my life and career to the service and treatment of patients with arthritis. To be acknowledged for my work outside the hospital is quite an honor. I’m also a sports enthusiast and to combine a great cause with running for the good of the foundation and helping those faced with arthritis, is a great thing.

    Q: Why did you specialize in rheumatology?
    A: I have a few reasons that I was drawn to rheumatology. Growing up, my sister faced juvenile arthritis and I was able to see first-hand what it was like to live with the condition. Also as a kid, my father wanted me and my brother to get a job. Since we lived in Detroit, we got a job in the auto plants. My neighbor, who was a rheumatologist, saw how hard working I was and one summer asked me if I was interested in helping her at her clinic. I jumped at it and found an affinity for the science and research for the specialty.

    Q: What are some new developments that you are working on in the world of rheumatology?
    A: Currently I run the rheumatology training program at Northwestern Memorial. I’m hoping people can realize the importance of the training program at the hospital to help ensure the future of rheumatology. The number of rheumatologists is declining right now and I think it’s vital to train more rheumatologists as well as the doctors who train residents in the future.
    Along with his work at Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Brown is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians and the past president of the Chicago Rheumatism Society. His research has been published in Arthritis and Rheumatism and The Journal of Rheumatology. He has also written several chapters in textbooks talking about arthritis and allied conditions. In addition, Brown is extremely proud to have served as the longest running director of rheumatology training in the United States. In his spare time, he is a dedicated endurance athlete in running, cycling and biking. He has raced competitively for at least 40 years.  If you would like to learn more about the Jingle Bell Run, please visit To find a doctor or make an appointment with a rheumatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please visit All proceeds from the fundraiser support arthritis resear
  • 12.19.2016 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

    Lee Lindquist, MD/MPH/MBA, Associate Porfessor of Medicine in Geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, was recently featured in a Kaiser Health News article on the Washingon Post:

    Nearly one-third of people age 51 and older experience fatigue, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (Other estimates are lower.) There are plenty of potential culprits: Sleep problems, pain, gastrointestinal reflux and medications for blood pressure can induce fatigue, as can infections, arthritis and other conditions, an underactive thyroid, poor nutrition and alcohol use. All can be addressed, doctors say. Perhaps most important is ensuring that older adults remain physically active and don’t become sedentary.

    “If someone comes into my office walking at a snail’s pace and tells me, ‘I’m old; I’m just slowing down,’ I’m, like, ‘No, that isn’t right,’ ” said Dr. Lindquist. “You need to start moving around more, get physical therapy or occupational therapy and push yourself to do just a little bit more every day,” she said.

  • Northwestern's Division of Rheumatology Hosts the First Ultrasound Guided Synovial Biopsy Training in the United States
    12.15.2016 - Rheumatology


    The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Division of Rheumatology hosted the first ever ultrasound guided Synovial Biopsy course in the United States.  The following schools were in attendance; Michigan, Columbian University, Washington University, UCSD, UCLA/Cedar Sinai, UMass Worcester, UCSF and Standford

  • 12.13.2016 - Rheumatology
    The systemic form of scleroderma affects about 100,000 Americans, mostly women, according to the Scleroderma Foundation. That's far less than the millions of Americans who have arthritis and the roughly 1.5 million who have lupus – both of which scleroderma can initially be mistaken for.
  • 2017 Fellowship Match Day
    12.07.2016 - Education

    Yesterday was Fellowship Match Day, and we wanted to share our outstanding results with you. Northwestern residents matched at highly competitive programs throughout the country. While we appreciate the hard work of the residents in clinical care and research, we realize that a great deal of this success is the result of faculty mentorship.

    Thank you for your support of the residents’ education and career development.  A list of our residents who matched is below.  You can view photos of our match event as well.

    Ehete Bahiru - UCLA
    Lilly Benck - Cedars Sinai
    Greg Cascino - Northwestern
    Pedro Engel Gonzalez - UT Southwestern
    Rachel Kaplan - Northwestern
    Ashley Pender - Stony Brook
    Ramsey Wehbe - Northwestern

    Michael Blanco - Vanderbilt
    Adam Gluskin - Pittsburgh
    Luke Hillman - Wisconsin
    Antony Hsieh - Penn
    Alex Lemmer - Northwestern
    Kevin Liu - Northwestern
    Ajay Singhvi - Pittsburgh
    Maureen Whitsett - NYU

    Andrew Davis - Northwestern
    Adam Lin* - Northwestern
    Dan Olson - University of Chicago
    Ashley Pariser - Yale
    Michael Schieber* - Northwestern

    Infectious Diseases
    Bill Werbel - Johns Hopkins
    Michael Yarrington - Duke

    Josh Waitzman* - Northwestern

    Pulmonary/Critical Care
    James Krings - Washington University
    Nancy Lin - University of Colorado
    Luisa Morales Nebreda* - Northwestern
    Katy Secunda - Northwestern
    Deepti Singhvi - Pittsburgh

    Kimberly Showalter - Hospital for
    Special Surgery-Cornell
    Michael Wu - Johns Hopkins

    *Physician Scientist Training Program

  • 12.05.2016 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
    Bruce Henschen, ’12 MD, ’12 MPH, ’15 GME, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, has received the Thomas Hale Ham Award for New Investigators from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
  • 12.01.2016 - Infectious Diseases
    Thursday, December 1st, 2016 marked the 28th anniversary of World AIDS Day.  In a Fox News interview, Robert Murphy, MD and Director of the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University, says that while a 20% decrease in the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS in the last 10 years shows some improvement in the U.S., there has been a "net, multi-million increase" per year in the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS world-wide.  Murphy adds: "treatment and care have improved dramatically, and current therapies now are very safe, very anyone can find a medication to treat themselves."  He warns, however, that current therapies are not a cure, since one's immune system is compromised before beginning medication, and complications occur throughout a person's life.  Murphy would like to focus on the fact that there have been "remarkable successes" in the AIDS epidemic.
  • Krishan Chhiba in Paul Bryce laboratory received a priority score of 10 for his National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health.
    11.30.2016 - Allergy-Immunology

    Krishan Chhiba in the Paul Bryce laboratory received a priority score of 10, the highest possible score, for his National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health.

  • 11.30.2016 - Cardiology
    Featuring:  John Wilkins, MD
  • 11.29.2016

    In the near future, it could be possible to give a 75-year-old the vitality and health of a 50-year-old. It could be possible, even, to reverse the effects of diabetes, kidney failure and other age-related diseases, all thanks to a drug that has the potential to slow the aging process.

    Developed by Japanese scientists and tested in animal models in collaboration with Northwestern Medicine scientists, this drug blocks the activity of a protein called plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), which is overexpressed in many diseases including metabolic syndromes, blood disorders and cardiovascular diseases.

    “We are particularly interested in applying drugs to groups of patients that age rapidly, such as people with chronic kidney disease,” says Douglas Vaughan, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine. “A 25-year-old that goes on dialysis has the cardiovascular risk of a 75-year-old. We really don’t have any good therapies to slow down cardiovascular disease in that population.”