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Bucksbaum Junior Faculty Scholars

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence supports two-year appointments of up to four Bucksbaum Junior Faculty Scholars. Scholars are selected for their dedication to patient care, collaborative decision-making and clinical excellence. They are encouraged to explore approaches to improving the doctor-patient relationship and how this knowledge may benefit patients and the community. The faculty also serve as mentors for the medical student scholars.

2016-17 Junior Faculty Scholars
Perpetua Goodall, MD

Perpetua Goodall, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Perpetua Goodall is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Northwestern University. She graduated from Meharry Medical College and completed her residency in General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago. Immediately following residency, she joined the faculty in the OB/GYN department at the University of Chicago and has developed one of the largest clinical practices within the department. She is committed to providing comprehensive quality care for women throughout their reproductive lifespan from adolescence to menopause. She is particularly skilled in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomies. She has been involved in clinical trials focusing on alternative treatment options for fibroids. As a respected clinical educator, Dr. Goodall is actively involved in both resident and medical student training and has received several teaching awards. She has held important leadership positions including Assistant Residency Program Director and Division Chief of General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Wei Wei Lee, MD

Wei Wei Lee, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Wei Wei Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine. She completed her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and earned a Masters of Public Health from Harvard. She received her training in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell and completed the MERITS Faculty Fellowship in Medical Education at the University of Chicago. She is a clinician in the primary care group and serves as a core faculty member for the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Lee is interested in developing curricula that focus on improving the quality of patient-doctor communication and patient-centered outcomes. She was recently awarded the Gold Foundation Humanism Scholarship to attend the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators where she will develop a curriculum to teach patient-centered use of the electronic medical record.

Neethi Pinto, MD, MS

Neethi Pinto, MD, MS
Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Neethi Pinto received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Stanford University. She completed the Jane Addams fellowship in Philanthropy and directed an enrichment program for at risk youth before returning to Stanford for medical school. In 2001, she came to The University of Chicago where she completed a pediatric residency, chief residency, critical care fellowship and a Masters of Science in Health Studies and then joined the faculty. Dr. Pinto cares for patients in the pediatric ICU and on the Pediatric Sedation Service. She serves as a resident faculty advisor and directs a monthly journal club. She has established an evidence based medicine curriculum for pediatrics. She leads a cohort of undergraduate students in the Bucksbaum Institute Clinical Excellence Scholars track. Dr. Pinto’s research interests focus on the long-term outcomes of children who survive critical illness.

2015-16 Junior Faculty Scholars
Keme Carter, MD

Keme Carter, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Keme Carter is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Carter completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and served as Chief Resident from 2005-2006. She subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Chicago and currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Section of Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. Dr. Carter’s work in undergraduate and graduate medical education has been recognized through her induction as a fellow in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and by several awards including the Doroghazi Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award, the Emergency Medicine Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, and the Biological Science Division’s Distinguished Educator/Mentor Junior Award. In recognition of her empathy towards patients and service as a role model for medical students, Dr. Carter was the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on studying communication practices in the Emergency Department in an effort to optimize patient care.

Matthew Koshsy, MD

Matthew Koshy, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology

Matthew Koshy, MD, specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and lung cancer with radiation. His main clinical interest is on the application of stereotactic radiosurgery in the treatment of cancer.

His research involves examining the comparative effectiveness of different radiation strategies and interventions in patients with lung cancer and those with glioblastoma. Several of his studies have specifically looked at the impact of radiation dose escalation on survival. He is also examining how disparities within these populations affect subsequent therapies and oncologic outcomes. Furthermore, he is an investigator on prospective studies which are using total body and total marrow radiation in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation for advanced hematologic diseases.

Evan Lyon, MD

Evan Lyon, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Lyon’s academic interests encompass global health, human rights scholarship and advocacy, social medicine, prisoner health, and medical education. He has collaborated with Partners In Health [www.pih.org] in Haiti and at other sites for more than 18 years. He has been extensively involved in physician, nurse, and community health worker training for more than a decade. He is on the board of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago and teaches health and human rights at the College Dr. Lyon is the lead faculty on a University of Chicago Delhi Center funded project to advance “Rights-based Approaches to Tuberculosis” in collaboration with the Law School. Dr. Lyon is the lead faculty for the Global Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the University of Chicago, with fellows now working between Chicago and Haiti, Rwanda, and China.

Closer to home, Dr. Lyon is a primary care and hospital medicine physician in the University of Chicago Comprehensive Care Program. Continuing “global health at home,” Dr. Lyon delivers home-based primary care on the South Side of Chicago providing continuity between house calls and the hospital. Third year Pritzker students are now accompanying Dr. Lyon to learn from house calls during their core Family Medicine Clerkship.

2014-15 Junior Faculty Scholars
Jonas de Souza, MD

Jonas de Souza, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. De Souza participates in both clinical and outcomes research studies on malignancies of the upper aerodigestive tract, especially head and neck cancers. His research focuses on the use of novel therapeutic agents along with measurements of financial burden, patients’ preferences, and the trade-offs between the risks and benefits of cancer therapies. His research has sought to integrate outcomes research, patient preferences, health policy, and economics into clinical practice. His ultimate goal is to increase access to essential cancer therapies by providing policy makers and scientific communities with the required information on patient preferences and on barriers that lie between cancer patients and access to care.

De Souza has authored and presented papers and given lectures on head and neck malignancies, reimbursement methods in oncology, and evidence-based care. He is the principal investigator for a trial examining the role of SPECT-CT in the follow-up of patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers.

De Souza earned his MD from the University of Rio de Janeiro State. He completed his residency specializing in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2008 and a fellowship focusing on hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago in 2011. Dr. de Souza is currently pursuing his MBA at Booth to aid in his research about Cost Communication in Hematologic Malignancies. His ultimate goal is to increase access to essential cancer therapies by providing policy makers and scientific communities with the required information on patient preferences and on barriers that lie between cancer patients and access to care.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: A Pilot Program of Cost Communication in Hematologic Malignancies

Amber Pincavage

Amber Pincavage, MD
Department of Medicine

Amber Pincavage, MD, specializes in adult internal medicine. She is especially interested in primary care for underserved populations.

A dedicated educator and mentor, Dr. Pincavage trains medical students and residents in areas such as physical diagnosis, clinical skills, transitions of care, and health disparities. For example, as a leader in the Chicago Breathe Project, she worked to improve education for physician trainees and minority patients in the use of new asthma inhalers. She also supervises residents in the free clinic at CommunityHealth Englewood.

Amber also was one of the 3 AAMC “Readiness for Reform Healthcare Innovation Challenge Award” winners based on her work on clinic handoffs which was funded in part by grants from the Bucksbaum Institute.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Engineering Patient-Oriented Clinic Handoffs

Tao Xie

Tao Xie, MD, PhD
Department of Neurology

Tao Xie, MD, PhD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), cortical basal ganglionic degeneration (CBGD), Huntington’s disease (HD) and chorea, tremor, dystonia, hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, tics, and Tourette syndrome. He uses medications, botulinum toxin injection and deep brain stimulation surgery for treatment of these neurological conditions.

In his clinical research, Dr. Xie studies the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of various movement disorders. He is actively involved in clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease, PSP and HD. His laboratory research is focused on identifying and characterizing genes related to Parkinson’s disease and dopaminergic neuron degeneration.

Dr. Xie is a physician in the University of Chicago Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. Dedicated as a Center for Advanced Research by the American Parkinson Disease Association, this multidisciplinary center combines clinical expertise with state-of-the-art therapies and groundbreaking research.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Annual Education Event for Support Group of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

2013-14 Junior Faculty Scholars
Raymon Grogan

Raymon Grogan, MD
Department of Surgery

Raymon Grogan, MD, is a specialist in the surgical management of thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland diseases. He has expertise in the surgical management of endocrine cancers as well as benign endocrine gland disorders.

As a clinician and a scientist, Dr. Grogan is actively involved in clinical, translational, and basic science research. He is currently working on identifying genetic and proteomic biomarkers in thyroid and adrenal tumors. Understanding the genetic and molecular changes in these tumors could lead to better diagnosis and treatment strategies for patients with cancer. The ultimate goal is to improve patients’ lives by translating state-of-the-art research findings into everyday clinical practice.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: “A Formal Curriculum in Surgical Professionalism and Ethics”: To enhance and encourage the professionalism of surgical residents and their understanding of the central concepts of surgical ethics

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Understanding of the Psychology of Thyroid Cancer Patients in an Era of Increasing Incidences

Olwen Hahn

Olwen Hahn, MD
Department of Medicine

Olwen Hahn, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and genitourinary malignancies, including bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancers.

In addition to her clinical roles, Dr. Hahn serves as the primary investigator on multiple studies that examine the effectiveness of new drugs in breast cancer and renal cancer. She also is a dedicated educator, teaching medical students and post-graduate trainees on a variety of topics, including how to take a medical history and the importance of effective communication between doctors and patients.

Dr. Hahn has authored numerous articles in scientific journals, and has contributed to a leading textbook on molecular targeting in oncology. In 2011, Dr. Hahn was the recipient of the University of Chicago’s Distinguished Clinician Award.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Communication Skills Training Program for Oncology Trainees

John Schneider

John Schneider, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine

John Schneider MD, MPH is an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist in the Departments of Medicine and Health Studies.  Clinically, he specializes in adolescent and adult HIV primary care and has a specific interest in provision of high-quality care to LGBT community members. He has extensive experience with advancing the physician patient relationship in resource restricted settings, including his current clinic at a Federally Qualified Health Center on the South Side of Chicago and during his time working in Southern India.

His NIH funded clinical research focuses on how social networks can be leveraged to improve the health of men who have sex with men in resource restricted settings. Specifically, he illuminates network mechanisms by which community members can engage in primary HIV/STI prevention, and on how individuals who are HIV-infected can best be retained in care and adhere to medical regimens.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Provider training to improve patient medication adherence in Federally Qualified Health Center settings: The Case of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

2012-13 Junior Faculty Scholars
Nita Lee

Nita Lee, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Nita Karnik Lee, MD, is a board certified gynecologic oncologist specializing in the treatment of women with gynecologic malignancies including ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancers. Her focus is on providing women with these cancers comprehensive and compassionate care including surgical and chemotherapy management. She has an expertise in minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery for the treatment and staging of gynecologic cancers including endometrial and cervical cancers. She has a special interest in optimizing cancer care for obese women with minimally invasive surgical approaches.

Dr. Lee’s research and clinical interests include a focus on patient education and survivorship issues of obesity and lifestyle interventions for uterine cancers. She is a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group clinical trials organization and participates in development and implementation of clinical trials and new therapies for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Predictors of satisfaction with surgical decision-making in elderly women undergoing gynecologic surgery

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Endometrial Cancer Survivorship in African-American Women

John Yoon

John Yoon, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Yoon is an academic hospitalist and medical educator with research interests in the field of virtue ethics, moral psychology, and the moral and professional formation in medical education. He is currently co-investigator on the Project on the Good Physician, a longitudinal study of medical students funded by the New Science of Virtues Project at the University of Chicago. After completing a Clinical Ethics and Hospitalist Scholars research fellowship at the University of Chicago in 2010, he also completed the MERITS Fellowship in Medical Education devoted to the study of professionalism and moral formation in medical education.

He has recently received grants from the Center of Health Administration Studies at the University of Chicago as well as from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to support his work. Dr. Yoon also has an interest in global health and recently returned from a trip to Pyongyang, DPRK to promote academic collaboration in the areas of international medical education and public health.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Operationalizing the Virtues for Good Doctor-Patient Relationships

2011-12 Junior Faculty Scholars
Alexander Langerman

Alexander Langerman, MD
Department of Surgery

Alex Langerman is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is a specialist in the treatment of head and neck cancer and other diseases of the skull base, throat, and larynx as well as reconstruction of the head and neck.

Alex attended medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine during which time he also served as a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his MD with Honors in 2005 and continued at the University of Chicago for his Otolaryngology residency training. He subsequently completed fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, and Microvascular Reconstruction at Vanderbilt University before returning to the University of Chicago as faculty in 2011.

Alex’s research centers on improving the care of head and neck cancer patients. He conducts comparative effectiveness, social science, and translational research on topics including patient decision-making, perioperative management, human tissue specimen workflow, and education in the operating room. As a Bucksbaum Scholar Alex is studying methods to augment the Primary Care Physician-patient relationship in the setting of multidisciplinary referral care for complex diseases. In addition to a busy clinical practice at the University of Chicago Medicine, Alex also participates in yearly humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic as part of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America and he was recently appointed to the Humanitarian Efforts Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Dynamic Operational Mapping - Annotation for Patient and Family Education

Monica Peek

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, FACP
Department of Medicine

Dr. Monica Peek is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago where she provides clinical care, teaches and does health services research in the area of health disparities. She received her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, and completed her residency training at Stanford University Hospital. She then worked for the National Health Service Corps for two years at a community health center for the medically underserved in Ohio before relocating to Chicago.

As a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) program office Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, Dr. Peek led the systematic review of health care interventions to reduce disparities in diabetes care and outcomes. She has been funded by RWJF and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to explore racial differences in patient/provider communication and to pilot patient-empowerment interventions to enhance such communication among blacks with diabetes. She is the Co-Principal Investigator of grants from the Merck Company Foundation and NIH/NIDDK to improve diabetes care and outcomes among residents on the South Side of Chicago, a predominantly African-American working class community with significant disparities in diabetes health outcomes such as lower extremity amputations. Dr. Peek was part of the NIDDK strategic planning committee whose 2010 report “Advances and Emerging Opportunities in Diabetes Research” set forth the diabetes research agenda for the next 5-10 years.

Dr. Peek also does research on the development and evaluation of community-based, culturally-tailored interventions to promote healthy behaviors and preventive care, including women’s health (i.e. breast cancer screening), physical activity and diabetes self-management.