Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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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.

  • 01.16.2018 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
    The American Heart Association has awarded Feinberg its fourth sponsored research network center, focusing on calf muscle pathology and disability in peripheral artery disease. This newly-awarded center is Northwestern Medicine’s fourth — the most of any institution in the country — and will be led by Mary M. McDermott, MD, Jeremiah Stamler Professor.
  • 01.11.2018 - Hospital Medicine

    Trinity International University's bioethics colloquium series for 2018 will examine the availability of quality health care through a series of three presentations from January through March.

    "This year's programs are devoted to the vexing questions of who should receive access to health care, why the voices of certain groups tend to be neglected, and what the church has to offer in the face of today's challenges," said John Kilner, director of bioethics degree programs at Trinity. "Each of the three evenings will feature a Christian leader in bioethics addressing a controversial issue."

    Kilner, who is also professor of bioethics and contemporary culture at Trinity, will present "Why Do People with Disabilities Receive Less Access to Health Care?" as the lead-off address Jan. 23.

    "A Christian voice in contemporary culture is desperately needed if such vulnerable groups are not to be unfairly disadvantaged," Kilner said.

    The final presentation March 20 will feature Mayo Clinic ethics pioneer C. Christopher Hook. A senior fellow at Trinity's Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Hook will present "Rights of Conscience in Health Care," a look at the difficult issue of whether or not health care professionals can ethically refuse to participate in practices they consider unethical. It will be the inaugural presentation of the endowed annual endowed Trinity Bioethics Lectureship.

    All three presentations begin at 7 p.m. in Kantzer Auditorium on Trinity's Deerfield campus. Each session will include a discussion period and refreshments. The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

  • 01.10.2018 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
  • 01.05.2018 - Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    "'The signs and symptoms are usually abdominal cramps, nausea with or without vomiting, and diarrhea,' says John Pandolfino, M.D., chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. This includes feeling weak and fatigued, and could also include fever and chills. It's not always 'exotic' foods that cause food poisoning. Often, it's caused by your food handler, a contaminated kitchen, or a contaminated source, like the fields where your food was grown."

  • 01.05.2018 - Allergy-Immunology

    Anne M. Ditto, MD, a professor of allergy and immunology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, sat with MD Magazine to discuss the current state of therapies for the differing phenotypes of patients with asthma that exist. She also discussed therapies in the pipeline that could and will be used to treat these patients in the future.

  • 12.27.2017 - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    "She went into labor Christmas Day Morning and baby Autumn was born later that day at 5 o'clock at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  She weighed 4 pounds 13 anounces. Her doctors say the success rate for a live birth with a liver transplant is between 65% to 75%.  The fact that Krystin also had a kidney transplant and had a healthy baby is considered remarkable."
  • New Publications from the Division
    12.21.2017 - Nephrology-Hypertension

    Lorenzo Gallon, MD - "Intragraft Molecular Pathways Associated with Tolerance Induction in Renal Transplantation" in JASN

    Anand Srivastava, MD, MPH - "Uric Acid and the Risks of Kidney Failure and Death in Individuals With CKD" in AJKD

    Rupal Mehta, MD - "Continued Search for Therapies to Favorably Modify Phosphate and FGF23 Levels in CKD" in CJAS

    "Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 and Anemia in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study" in CJASN

  • 12.20.2017 - Endocrinology
    New Rochelle, NY, December 19, 2017–Researchers now have a better understanding of the role that thyroid hormones, the tissues that produce them, and the biochemical pathways on which they act have in driving seasonal reproduction in some mammals, and how this new information may help explain seasonal changes in metabolism and mood that affect humans. The review article entitled "Seasonal Rhythms: The Role of Thyrotropin and Thyroid Hormones" is part of a special section on Japanese Research led by Guest Editor Yoshiharu Murata, Nagoya University, Japan, in the January 2018 issue of Thyroid, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers and the official journal of the American Thyroid Association (ATA). The article is available free on the Thyroid website until January 19, 2018
  • 12.17.2017 - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    "Recently, an outbreak occurred at a New York state country club after an employee with the illness prepared food at the club’s restaurant, according to the Westchester County Department of Health. Plus, five more people were diagnosed with hepatitis A after being exposed to the virus by a sick employee at the restaurant Bartaco, in Port Chester, New York."
  • 12.12.2017 - Hospital Medicine
    Gopi Astik, MD, and Rachel Cyrus, MD, both physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have been named to ACP Hospitalist's annual top hospitalists list. Dr. Astik and Dr. Cyrus were nominated by their colleagues and chosen by ACP Hospitalist's editorial board for their accomplishments in areas of hospitalist practice such as patient care, quality improvement and medical education.
  • 12.12.2017 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
  • 12.12.2017 - Infectious Diseases
      Why is there so much sickness with airplane travel over the holidays? Karen D'Souza in a 12/4/17 article in The Mercury News explains that when people who are stressed out from holiday preparation are enclosed in a confined space, an airplane, infectious disease transmission is common. 
       Michael Angarone, D.O. and assistant professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, reports on the probability of catching a virus during holiday airplane travel: "On a plane, the stakes are even higher."
         D'Souza offers some suggestions for preventing sickness for those who need to fly over the holidays.  She recommends not sweating the small stuff and keeping stress at bay.  She also suggests getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and packing for your trip early.  Most importantly, travelers should wash their hands frequently, consider sanitizing their tray tables, and avoid using an unwrapped blanket while on board.
  • 12.11.2017 - Infectious Diseases

    According to an NBC News article by Linda Carroll from 12/3/17, flu season this year may prove worse and more dangerous than last year.  The probable, dominant strain of flu this year, H3N2, causes more severe illness, according to William Schaffner, an infectious diseases specialist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

    Michael Ison, MD, a professor of infectious diseases and organ transplantation at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, says:" Typically in years when the predominant strain is H3N2, there are more hospitalizations, more severe disease and people tend to get sicker."

    It is especially crucial for adults ages 50+ to receive a flu shot, since older adults have a three to five times increased risk of heart attack and a two to three times increased risk of stroke in the two to eight week period after recovering from the flu, according to Schaffner.

    From the NBC Nightly News video segment featured in Carroll's article, it is important to know that there are 7,000 confirmed cases of flu in the U.S. this year so far, which is double the number of flu cases last year.  With the holidays, the flu is more easily spread due to the large groups of people coming together.  The peak season for the flu is occurring now and will last through February 2018.  It takes two weeks after receiving a flu shot vaccine for it to fully take effect.  The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended.

  • 12.11.2017 - Rheumatology
  • 12.08.2017 - Hematology-Oncology
    William Gradishar, MD, Deputy Director for the Clinical Network in the Lurie Cancer Center, is among the top 27 academic breast oncologists in the country identified in Forbes Magazine, based on "big data" analysis from Grand Rounds. This company uses a machine learning algorithm to analyze publicly available and proprietary data. 
    Gradishar is interim chief of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine, Betsy Bramsen Professor of Breast Oncology and Director of Lurie Cancer Center’s Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care in Prentice Women’s Hospital, where he develops and implements clinical trials of new therapeutic approaches for breast cancer.
  • Northwestern Resident Fellow Match 2017
    12.07.2017 - Education

     

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  • 12.04.2017 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
    From the latest Northwestern Medicine Magazine: Investigators are working closely with community partners to address healthcare challenges.

    It’s estimated that academic medical centers see less than one percent of the American population over the course of a month. Yet much of the clinical research that informs broad, far-reaching medical policy is conducted within this small subset of the population.

    For scientists like Abel Kho, MD, director of the Center for Health Information Partnerships (CHiP) at Feinberg’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), this is a problem — not just for the patient groups that are consequently overlooked, but for the pursuit of science overall.

     

    “In order to do statistically sound science, you need to get at larger data sets. And to do that you need to get out into that much larger real-world community,” says Kho, also an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Health and Biomedical Informatics.

    Across the medical school, investigators are leading grants for community-engaged research projects that tackle a wide range of specific health challenges in Chicagoland and beyond — from interventions to prevent diabetes through collaboration with Hispanic-serving community organizations in Humboldt Park and South Lawndale, led by Matthew O’Brien, MD, assistant professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, to programs that address mental health and post-partum depression in at-risk women in Illinois, led by Darius Tandon, PhD, associate professor of Medical Social Sciences.

  • New Publications from the Division
    11.30.2017 - Nephrology-Hypertension

    Lorenzo Gallon, MD - "Intragraft Molecular Pathways Associated with Tolerance Induction in Renal Transplantation" in JASN

    Anand Srivastava, MD, MPH - "Uric Acid and the Risks of Kidney Failure and Death in Individuals With CKD" in AJKD

    Rupal Mehta, MD - "Continued Search for Therapies to Favorably Modify Phosphate and FGF23 Levels in CKD" in CJAS

    "Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 and Anemia in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study" in CJASN

  • 11.29.2017 - General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
  • 11.28.2017 - Hematology-Oncology
    “Breast cancer, particularly early-stage breast cancer, is a front-loaded illness from a resource expenditure standpoint,” said William Gradishar, MD, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Gradishar is Chair of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) Panel for Breast Cancer.
  • 11.20.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

     

  • 11.16.2017 - Rheumatology
  • 11.16.2017 - Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • 11.08.2017 - Hematology-Oncology
    Alicia Morgans, MD, MPH receives 2017 PCF Challenge Award for her project SEARCH: Survivorship Enhancement in Men with Prostate Cancer At Risk for Poor Cognitive Health During Treatment with ADT.
  • 11.06.2017 - Rheumatology
  • Congratulations to Dr. Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman on Receiving the Evelyn V. Hess Award from the Lupus Foundation of America
    11.06.2017 - Rheumatology

    In 2005, The Lupus Foundation of America established the Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP, MACR, Award, to be given annually to a clinical or basic researcher whose body of work has significantly advanced understanding of the pathophysiology, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, or treatment of lupus. This award was created to recognize Dr. Hess' outstanding contributions to lupus research over the course of her long career. We are proud to have Dr. Ramsey-Goldman's contributions to the lupus community recognized! More information on past award recipients can be found on the Lupus Foundation of America's website.

     

    Dr. Ruderman, Dr. Perlman, Dr. Ramsey-Goldman, Dr. Pope

    Dr. Ruderman, Dr. Perlman, Dr. Ramsey-Goldman and Dr. Pope

     

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    Dr. Ramsey-Goldman receiving the Evelyn V. Hess Award from the Lupus Foundation of America

     

  • 11.06.2017 - Gastroenterology and Hepatology
    A treat-to-target strategy using “tight control” of inflammatory biomarkers in addition to clinical symptom monitoring led to improved outcomes in patients with Crohn’s disease on Humira, according to data from the CALM study presented at UEG Week.
  • 11.02.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

    An international team of scientists has pinpointed the genetic drivers of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma — the most common type of blood cancer — and determined the genes’ clinical significance. The study, published in the journal Cell, provides important insights for the development of future therapies.

    Leo I. Gordon, MD, the Abby and John Friend Professor of Cancer Research, was a co-author of the study.

  • 10.31.2017 - Hematology-Oncology

    Small RNA molecules originally developed as a tool to study gene function trigger a mechanism hidden in every cell that forces the cell to commit suicide, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study, the first to identify molecules to trigger a fail-safe mechanism that may protect us from cancer.

    The mechanism -- RNA suicide molecules -- can potentially be developed into a novel form of cancer therapy, the study authors said.

    Cancer cells treated with the RNA molecules never become resistant to them because they simultaneously eliminate multiple genes that cancer cells need for survival.

    “It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, shooting yourself and jumping off a building all at the same time,” said Northwestern scientist and lead study author Marcus Peter. “You cannot survive.”

  • 10.27.2017 - Infectious Diseases

    Congratulations to Michael Angarone, DO, and assistant professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, on achieving the John X. Thomas, Jr.  Best Teachers of Feinberg Award 2017!  Kudos to you on your award.  The Division of Infectious Diseases very much appreciates all your hard work with medical students.