General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

The Division of General Internal Medicine Loyola University Chicago Medical Center was established over 40 years ago soon after the opening of the Maywood campus and was restructured in the mid 1990’s when primary care formed its own department.  Since then it has remained committed to compassionate high quality patient-centered care, medical education, and innovative scholarship.  Major clinical programs include the inpatient teaching services, co-management of surgical patients, general internal medicine consultative services and palliative care.

Its primary goals include:

  • Offering a comprehensive patient care system specializing in the diagnosis and management of medically complex adult patients
  • Managing  care in a team-oriented patient-centered fashion
  • Developing mastery in graduate and undergraduate education
  • Maintaining commitment to scientific and intellectual rigor and life-long learning
  • Maintaining commitment to quality improvement  by active leadership in quality improvement initiatives
  • Role modeling all aspects of professionalism in the educational and patient-care settings.
  • Offering expertise in perioperative evaluation and management
  • Offering expertise in consultative medicine
  • Developing a mastery of technical communication

 

 

General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics

Janet Aganad
Janet Aganad
D.O.
General Internal Medicine
Sonika Anand
Sonika Anand
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Hypertension, Diabetes, Women's Health, Adult Medicine
William Barron
William Barron
M.D., FACP
General Internal Medicine
William E. Boblick, Jr.
William E. Boblick, Jr.
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Lipid Management
James Boblick
James Boblick
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine
John W. Burger
John W. Burger
M.D.,M.P.H.
General Internal Medicine
Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer
Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer
M.D.,M.P.A.
General Internal Medicine
Bradley Clifford
Bradley Clifford
M.D., Fellow American College Of Physicians
General Internal Medicine
Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine
Carrie Cox
Carrie Cox
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Adult Medicine, General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, International Medicine
Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach
Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach
M.D., FAAP
General Internal Medicine
Women's Health, Pediatric Asthma, Primary Care and Preventive Medicine, Skin...
Monica Edwards
Monica Edwards
M.D.,M.P.H.
General Internal Medicine
Women's Health, Preventive Medicine, Weight Management
Kevin Embach, S.J.
Kevin Embach, S.J.
M.D.,M.P.H.
General Internal Medicine
Joshua Evans
Joshua Evans
M.D.,M.P.H.
General Internal Medicine
Maureen P. Fearon
Maureen P. Fearon
M.D., FACP
General Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine
Linda Fisher
Linda Fisher
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine, General Pediatrics, Adult Medicine
Matthew Fitz
Matthew Fitz
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Elizabeth B. Frye
M.D. , FACP
Department of Medicine , General Internal Medicine
Adult Medicine, General Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Stephen R. Gawne
Stephen R. Gawne
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Adult Medicine
Michael Gill
Michael Gill
M.D.,Ph.D., FAAP
General Internal Medicine
Diabetes, Allergies, Preventive Medicine
Leo Hall, III
Leo Hall, III
M.D., ABIM
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine
Paul Hering
Paul Hering
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine, General Medicine
Sam Hung
Sam Hung
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Brian Ing
Brian Ing
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine
Shazia Khan
Shazia Khan
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Michael Koller
M.D.
Department of Medicine , General Internal Medicine
General Medicine
Milton Legrand
Milton Legrand
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, Preoperative Consultation
Robert Lichtenberg
Robert Lichtenberg
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Heart Disease, Cardiac Catheterization, Exercise Physiology
Brian Medernach
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Keith Muccino, S.J.
Keith Muccino, S.J.
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Denise Olivieri-Sulo
Denise Olivieri-Sulo
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Gregory Ozark
Gregory Ozark
M.D., FAAP, FACP, FAAP
General Internal Medicine
Laura Ozark
Laura Ozark
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Tony Pangan
Tony Pangan
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Rosalia Porcelli
Rosalia Porcelli
D.O.
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine, General Pediatrics
Yongsun L. Ra-Hurka
Yongsun L. Ra-Hurka
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Adult Medicine, Primary Care
Rani Rao
Rani Rao
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Memory Problems
Heidi Renner
Heidi Renner
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
William Revethis
William Revethis
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Jason Rice
Jason Rice
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Primary Care and Preventive Medicine, Hypertension, Lipid Management, Diabetes
Brent Rieger
Brent Rieger
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
General Pediatrics, General Medicine, Adolescent Medicine
Susan Rohde
Susan Rohde
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Ann N. Rudinger
Ann N. Rudinger
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine
James Rupp
James Rupp
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Diabetes, Adult Medicine, Lipid Management, Preventive Medicine
Laura Saelinger-Shafer
Laura Saelinger-Shafer
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Preventive Medicine, Geriatrics, Women's Health
Edward C. Sankary
Edward C. Sankary
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine, Adult Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Allergies, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Lipid...
Robert Schiff
Robert Schiff
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Hypertension, Preoperative Consultation
Daniel Sisbarro
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Diabetes, Hypertension
Bridgid Steele
Bridgid Steele
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Adult Medicine, Primary Care
Robert Sulo
Robert Sulo
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Linda Tayeh
Linda Tayeh
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Family Health Care
Emily Tuerk
Emily Tuerk
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Children with Disabilities, Preventive Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Women's Health, Adul...
Anita Varkey
Anita Varkey
M.D., FACP
General Internal Medicine
Primary Care and Preventive Medicine, Women's Health
Timothy Vavra
Timothy Vavra
D.O., FACP, FACP
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Nila Vora
Nila Vora
M.D.
General Internal Medicine
Endocrinology, Occupational Medicine, FAA Physicals, Diabetes
Lee-Ann Yang
Lee-Ann Yang
M.D., FACP
General Internal Medicine
General Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Adult Medicine, Primary Care

FACULTY INFORMATION

The Division of General Internal Medicine of Loyola University Chicago Medical Center is composed 7 full-time faculty at Foster G.  McGaw hospital.  Since 2009 the Division coordinates its clinical activities with the Division of Hospital Medicine which is led by Dr Elizabeth Schulwolf.

There are 50 full and part-time physicians at the Edward Hines VA under the leadership of Dr. Scott Pawlikowski.

FACULTY EDUCATIONAL/SCHOLARSHIP ACTIVITIES

Medical education is paramount to the mission of the Division of General Internal Medicine.  Since its inception the division’s physicians have been educational leaders at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Its major programs include:

  • To enhance the experience of residents and students rotating through the inpatient general medicine services, a daily morning report was initiated in 2000 and continues to be led by the division.  The quality of teaching on the inpatient medicine services and at the general medicine morning report as assessed through resident and student feedback surveys has consistently been rated at “above average” to “outstanding” levels. 
  • In collaboration with Loyola Center for Home Care and Hospice, in 2002 a “Hospice Experience” was developed to expand end of life care training for internal medicine residents.   The experience gives residents the opportunity to attend a hospice interdisciplinary team meeting and accompany nurses on home visits.  This now includes experience in palliative care consultation.
  • The development and implementation of a teaching skills workshop for incoming first year house staff to promote residents as teachers.  The focus of these workshops was learning how to provide effective feedback.
  • The incorporation of clinical pharmacists into the daily clinical and educational activities of the inpatient services.
  • The development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for the clinical competency evaluation for first year residents in the Department of Medicine. Division members regularly serve on the Residency Review Committee.
  • The development and implementation of a comprehensive assessment of the teaching qualities of division faculty with the goals of improving the educational experience on the teaching services and develop a more robust faculty development program.

The Division provides critical leadership to medical education at the Stritch School of Medicine.

Leadership roles of Division members within the medical school include:

  • Assistant Dean for Clinical Education  (Dr Hering)
  • Curriculum Director, Year Three & Four (Dr Hering)
  • Course Director, Mechanisms of Disease  (Dr Kristopaitis)
  • Competency Director (Dr Kristopaitis)
  • Curriculum Director, Year One (Dr Kristopaitis)
  • Director, End of Life Curriculum (Dr Kristopaitis)
  • Associate Medical Director, Loyola Hospice (Dr Kristopaitis)
  • Clerkship/Sub internship director (Dr Fitz)
  • Director, Teaching elective (Dr Fitz)
  • Assistant Dean, Educational Affairs (Dr Muccino)

Stritch School of Medicine identified the development of a comprehensive end of life curriculum as a  priority.  Division members have developed comprehensive end of life curricular goals and objectives and the subsequent implementation of a comprehensive curriculum that spans the basic science course and clinical clerkships.

The comprehensive competency assessment plan for the four year medical school curriculum as well as for some GME programs was developed and implemented by members of the division.   Performance evaluation standards for all levels of education are being developed and implemented.

FACULTY AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Three members of the division have been elected as Master Teachers by their faculty peers.
  • Members of the Division are regular recipients of teaching awards from the house staff and from the students.

SELECTED FACULTY PUBLICATIONS

“Integrating learning of basic science concepts and physical examination skills in Combined Clinical Skills/basic science sessions for first year medical students” (IAMSE 7/02)

“Pilot study for a valid comprehensive standardized clinical skills assessment program for core clinical clinical competencies across all required clerkships (AAMC-RIME 11/02)

First Year Medical Students As Competent Interviewers: Standardized Patient Encounters Measuring Clinical and Interpersonal Skills in Preparation for Clerkships.       Presented at the AAMC Annual Session, San Francisco, Ca, November, 1996

A 360-degree Feedback Approach To Develop and Assess First Year Medical Student’s Clinical Skills. Presented at the International Association of Medical Science Educators’ Annual Session, Rochester, MN, July, 2000

Innovative Approaches to Incorporating and Assessing Clinical Competencies During the Internal Medicine Subinternship – A Multi-Institutional Experience – Workshop Presentation - 2006 Course Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) National Meeting - New Orleans, October 2006

“Medical Students as Members of a Discharge Planning Team” – Poster Presentation – American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Research and Teaching Forum –Atlanta, October 2006

Use of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination in the Surgery Clerkship to Assess Critical Thinking. 2004 (abstract)

Process of Implementing Competencies into Undergraduate Medical Education: Successes and Challenges. CGEA (AAMC), Madison, Wis  April, 2005

Clinical

Gurza, E. Chapter "Thyroiditis," Saunders Manual of Medical Practice. W.B.Saunders, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (in press) 2006

Kristopaitis, T. Chapter “Falls in the Elderly”, Essential Evidence Plus. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.2008

Gurza, E. Chapter “Deep Vein Thrombosis”, Essential Evidence Plus. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.2008

Gurza, E. Chapter “Pulmonary Embolism”, Essential Evidence Plus.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.2008

Gurza, E. Chapter “Superficial Thrombophlebitis”, Essential Evidence Plus. 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Pinzur  M, Gurza E, Kristopaitis T et al. Hospitalist-Orthopedic Co-management of High-risk Patients Undergoing Lower Extremity Reconstruction Surgery. Orthopedics 2009; 32:1-7

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