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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. Six to eight faculty scholars are anticipated by the third year.

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.

The Associate Junior Faculty Scholar program was a new addition to the Bucksbaum Institute in year one after the initial launch of the program. The first nomination process for the Junior Faculty Scholars generated 22 exceptional candidate recommendations from 7 clinical departments. In an effort to retain involvement from the 20 superb junior faculty members, who were nominated but did not receive one of the two Junior Faculty Scholar Awards, we created the position of Associate Junior Faculty Scholar. The Associate Junior Faculty Scholars are eligible to apply for funding through the Bucksbaum Institute Pilot Grant Program.

2015-16 Associate Junior Faculty Scholars
Khalid Afzal, MD

Khalid Afzal, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Afzal is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. He is the Director of Pediatric Consultation–Liaison Service at Comer Children Hospital. He was trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso for his Adult Psychiatry Training and completed Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Chicago. His research interests include mental health awareness in minority population, posttraumatic stress symptoms in newly diagnosed pediatric cancer population and role of social media in mental health. Clinically, he focuses on the psychiatric and psychosomatic presentations of medical illnesses and creative family interventions for depressive, anxiety, ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Afzal has presented his clinical and research interests both nationally in the U.S. and internationally, in the Middle East and South East Asia. His Child & Adolescent Mental Health Awareness Questionnaire for Parents has been translated in Arabic, French and Chinese languages.

Dr. Afzal is the didactic course director of child psychiatric interviewing, advanced psychopharmacology and family therapy/interventions for child and adolescent fellows.

James Ahn, MD

James Ahn, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Ahn is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine and is faculty for the GME Scholars Training Program. He attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College and completed his emergency medicine residency and medical education fellowship at the University of Chicago. As Associate Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, he has worked on multiple regional and national panels focusing on technology in education and milestone assessment. Dr. Ahn’s research interests focus on medical education, specifically in the areas of curriculum assessment, millennial education, and procedural competency.

Trissa Babrowski, MD

Trissa Babrowski, MD
Department of Surgery

Trissa A. Babrowski, MD, is a vascular surgeon who specializes in limb preservation. Since her appointment, Dr. Babrowski has been instrumental in spearheading the innovative UChAmPP (University of Chicago Amputation Prevention Program) to afford patients an opportunity to save their limbs in the face of aggressive peripheral vascular disease. This multi-disciplinary team focuses on all aspects of patients’ health essential for limb preservation. Her work has earned her national coverage. Dr. Babrowski is also an active researcher, exploring the role the microbiome plays in the development and expansion of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Brian Callender, MD

Brian Callender, MD
Department of Medicine

Brian Callender, MD, is an academic hospitalist and medical educator with academic interests in global health, the inpatient hospital experience, clinical education and the medical humanities. Dr. Callender attended the Pritzker School of Medicine and continued at the University of Chicago for his training in internal medicine. He is a graduate of the Medical Education Research Innovation Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship and the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics fellowship.

He is currently co-director of the Global Health Track of the Scholarship and Discovery curriculum at the Pritzker School of Medicine and teaches a course, Global Public Health. His burgeoning interest in the clinical experience and the medical humanities has lead to the development of a course, The Body in Medicine and the Performing Arts, as well as scholarly exploration of the use of graphic narrative in medicine as an educational tool. With the aid of a Bucksbaum Institute pilot grant, he is currently working with colleagues to research and develop a graphic pamphlet that educates patients about the inpatient hospitalization. He is interested in how the medical humanities can improve the inpatient experience and provider-patient relationships.

As a medical director for the Advanced Practice Service, he supervises advanced practice nurses in the care delivery of general medicine, cardiology. and post-procedure patients. In this role, he is interested in clinical education, professional development, and the role of bedside multidisciplinary rounds to improve clinical care and patient communication and education.

Kenneth Cohen, MD

Kenneth Cohen, MD
Department of Medicine

Kenneth Cohen, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hematology/Oncology. He obtained his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and did residency training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He then completed fellowship training in Hematology and Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Partners CancerCare Fellowship program. His translational research focuses on the role of vascular ephrinB2 signaling in controlling tumor immune microenvironments.

Dr. Cohen is currently program director for the adult hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Chicago. He is also involved in medical student and trainee education. As co-chair of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Teaching Cases sub-committee, he and colleagues develop interactive web-based hematology teaching cases for national and international medical students. These cases are also incorporated directly into medical student curricula at other institutions. He aims to build a layered electronic teaching system to meet the needs of a range of learners from medical school through fellowship.

David Dickerson, MD

David Dickerson, MD
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

David Dickerson, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care (DACC) and Director of the Acute Pain Service. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Dr. Dickerson’s clinical interests are acute postoperative pain, peripheral nerve injury, autonomic pain syndromes, and cancer pain. His research interests include continuous neural blockade for joint replacement, patient-centered pain care, and using the electronic health record to track patient postsurgical pain experience. Dr. Dickerson teaches medical students, residents, and fellows in the outpatient pain clinic, on the inpatient acute pain service, and in the operating room. He received the DACC’s teacher of the year award in 2015.

Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD

Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine

Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, MPH, is an Internal Medicine physician in the Comprehensive Care Program at the University of Chicago. His clinical work focuses on care for people with complex medical and social problems and behavioral health in primary care. His academic interests include medical education, health services research, and health policy. As Illinois state director for Doctors for America, a non-profit organization of physicians who advocate for improved access to quality health care for all Americans, he has given talks and written on the topic of health care reform. At the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, he co-directs a course for medical students on the American health care system.

Valerie Press, MD

Valerie Press, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Press is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on improving patient-centered education for underserved patients with chronic disease and limited health literacy through novel interventions in the community and hospital settings targeted at both patients and clinicians. She completed work funded by an institutional KM1 on the comparative effectiveness of educational strategies (patient-centered in person “Teach to Goal” demonstration versus brief verbal instructions) designed to improve hospitalized patients' ability to self-manage their asthma and COPD through promoting correct use of respiratory inhalers. She has since received an NIH K23 to expand her work to examine the utility of an adaptive video module education platform for teaching inhaler use. In addition, Dr. Press is investigating barriers to chronic disease self-management including health literacy work and poor vision; she has found that a non-trivial proportion of hospitalized patients have poor vision, a risk that is increased in older patients. She is also co-leading the COPD Readmissions Reduction Program at UCM. Finally, she is the site-PI for a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) funded trial evaluating ED based educational and community health worker interventions for children with asthma.

Audrey Tanksley, MD

Audrey Tanksley, MD
Department of Medicine

Audrey L. Tanksley MD was born and raised on the south side of Chicago in the Roseland community. She attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological-Sciences. Following this she attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL and completed studies in general medical education. During the time in Springfield, Dr. Tanksley, was vice president of the class of 2009, served as a student representative to the AAMC, assisted with LCME accreditation and received a grant to provide health and oral screenings to the people of Sangamon County. Dr. Tanksley returned to the Chicagoland area to complete her Internal Medicine residency training at UIC/ Advocate Christ Medical Center where she also served as chief resident. Upon completion of chief year, Dr. Tanksley transitioned into a 2 year Medical Education Research Fellowship at The University of Chicago Medical Center.

As a Medical Education, Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellow at the University of Chicago, Dr. Tanksley’s academic work focused on healthcare disparities, communication, professionalism and resident supervision. She also assisted with investigations of the TEACH pipeline program for high school students. Her scholarly work has been presented at various regional and national conferences, including the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Society for General Internal Medicine. She is currently conducting an analysis of a novel curriculum created to teach residents how to obtain Informed Consent using a culturally sensitive approach. She has also worked on improving patient safety through resident supervision in the ambulatory environment.

As a General Internist, Dr. Tanksley supervises internal medicine residents and students caring for patients in the primary care clinics and general medical floors. She has worked closely with Drs. Arora and Farnan on qualitative research with high school students using focus groups, and is experienced with the use of Atlas software. She has also worked on quantitative projects as well and is experienced with the use of STATA software.

Melissa Tesher, M.D.

Melissa Tesher, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Melissa Tesher, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, in the Section of Pediatric Rheumatology. She cares for children with juvenile arthritis, lupus, and a wide variety of other complex chronic diseases. Dr. Tesher has a long-standing commitment to caring for underserved children. Following her residency in Social Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, Dr. Tesher came to the University of Chicago as a pediatric rheumatology fellow, then joined the faculty in 2011. She has a particular interest in helping patients navigate the psychosocial aspects of coping with chronic disease, especially chronic pain. In addition to providing patient care, Dr. Tesher serves as the director of the Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship training program at the University of Chicago and also directs the rheumatology elective rotation.

Anshu Verma

Anshu Verma, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Verma is a general internist who specializes in the comprehensive care of adult patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. After earning her undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Public Policy Studies from Duke University, she received her medical training at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She then joined the section of Hospital Medicine as part of the Comprehensive Care Program.

Dr. Verma’s academic interests include health care delivery innovation and quality improvement. She is especially interested in ways to reduce costs and improve clinical outcomes for frequently hospitalized and medically complex patients. Dr. Verma is also active in medical education, and spends time precepting both residents and medical students.

Anna Zisman

Anna Zisman
Department of Medicine

Dr. Zisman is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Nephrology and the Clinical Director of the Kidney Stone Prevention Program at the University of Chicago. She also serves as the Ambulatory Clinic Director for the Nephrology clinic. She received her MD at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and completed internal medicine residency training at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She received her nephrology fellowship training at the University of Chicago where she has remained on faculty.