Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
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Share a moment with:Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, geriatrics section chief, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, about why she remains driven by the power of healing and the indelible connections they form with patients and families.
- Lee Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Professor of Medicine, was recently featured in a Kaiser Health News online article: Lindquist, Chief of Geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, wondered if people could become better prepared for family emergencies dealing with older parents, and so she designed a research project to find out. The result is a unique website, www.planyourlifespan.org, which helps older adults plan for predictable problems during what Lindquist calls the “last quarter of life” — roughly, from age 75 on. “Many people plan for retirement,” the energetic physician explained in her office close to Lake Michigan. “They complete a will, assign powers of attorney, pick out a funeral home, and they think they’re done.” What doesn’t get addressed is how older adults will continue living at home if health-related concerns compromise their independence.
- 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.
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.
Chairman's Office AnnouncementThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School has accepted the role of Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Linder will join the Northwestern community as Professor of Medicine on March 1, 2017.
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. He is currently the PI on an R01 entitledExamining Non-Visit-Based Antibiotic Use to Improve Safety and Limit Resistance. He has co-authored 86 peer-reviewed papers, with 15 being published in the last year.Please join us in welcoming Dr. Linder back to Northwestern.
As we move forward with this transition, the Department wishes to thank Gary J. Martin, MD, Raymond J. Langenbach, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, for his service as interim chief of the division. His leadership of the division during this time has been instrumental in securing additional support for our clinical practices, facilitating recruitment of several new faculty members, and continued support for growing our distinctive research programs.
Namratha Kandula, MD/MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg SChool of Medicine, recently wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune which criticized the Chicago Department of Public Health in it's ignorace of the Asian-American community: "Asian-American activists are blasting Fox News for a news segment that mocked Asian-American voters using age-old stereotypes of the docile, sneaky, non-English-speaking Asian. More and more people are talking about the problems of implicit bias and systemic racism, but stereotypes and ignorance about Asian-Americans are still commonplace. And even when Asian-Americans are not being purposefully caricatured, their vital presence in America is systematically ignored.
This ignorance about Asian-Americans is not just a problem at Fox News. Right here in Chicago, which has the fifth largest Asian population in the U.S., Asian-Americans are being left out of the city's major new initiative to improve the health of Chicago residents.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health this past March launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a four-year plan with 200 strategies to improve the health of all Chicagoans. Healthy Chicago 2.0 deserves credit for focusing on improving the social, economic and neighborhood conditions affecting health. But there's a big problem with the plan: No data on the city's rapidly growing Asian-American community were used to develop it."
New Leader of Public Health Named
Ronald Ackermann, MD, MPH, has been named senior associate dean for public health and director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), succeeding IPHAM’s inaugural leader, Rowland Chang, MD, MPH.
“We extend our thanks and appreciation to Bing Chang for his dedicated service and remarkable accomplishments as the first leader of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine,” said Eric Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. “Thanks to Bing’s vision and tireless efforts, IPHAM has become a major force at the medical school, a hub for innovative research and an indispensable resource to our faculty, students and trainees, as well as the wider community of Chicago. We are excited to see his legacy continue and expand in the capable hands of Ron Ackermann.”
A study on diabetes screening by Matthew O'Brien, MD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, was recently posted on Yahoo! News. Researchers said that more than half of people at high risk for diabetes are missed under current US screening guidelines, including many African-Americans, Hispanics and those who are not overweight. The government guidelines -- issued just last year -- missed 55 percent of people with prediabetes or diabetes, said the study by Northwestern Medicine. The 2015 guidelines, which were authored by the United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF), recommend that people undergo screening for diabetes if they are aged 40 to 70 years old and are overweight or obese. "Say I'm caring for an obese 32-year-old Hispanic woman with a family history of diabetes who had gestational diabetes with a previous pregnancy," said O'Brien. "She shouldn't be screened, according to the guidelines, but she's very likely to have either prediabetes or diabetes."
We congratulate Dr. Joseph Feinglass as one of two recipients of the Program in Public Health (PPH) Mentor of the Year Award for 2015-16 for his exceptional performance as a mentor. He and Dr. Borko Jovanovic will be further honored at the June 18thgraduation.