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Bucksbaum Junior Faculty Scholars

2012-13 Associate Junior Faculty Scholars
Wei Wei Lee

Wei Wei Lee, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. 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.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Improving Patient-Centered Technology (iPaCT) Use

Stacie Levine

Stacie Levine, MD
Department of Medicine

Stacie Levine, MD, specializes in geriatric medicine and palliative care with a focus on pain management. She strives to provide the highest level of support to patients and their families during transitions in care.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Levine is a dedicated educator. Under her leadership, fellows learn how to recognize and effectively manage pain, as well as how to foster important conversations about prognosis during end-of-life care.

Dr. Levine has contributed to leading textbooks on the role of palliative medicine in chronic illnesses. She also serves as a reviewer for several prominent scientific journals, including Journal of Hospital Medicine and American Journal of Medicine.

Tipu Puri

Tipu Puri, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Tipu Puri is a member of the Nephrology Faculty with clinical interests in general nephrology and a particular focus on management and slowing progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD). His clinical activities include direct care of patients with kidney disease in the inpatient and ambulatory settings.

Dr. Puri has a strong commitment to the recruitment, education, and mentorship of future generations of physicians and serves as a fellowship Training Program Director and a medical student Career Advisor. He feels strongly that the most effective patient care combines a high level of competence with compassion and communication skills. When successful, patients feel educated and empowered but most importantly, cared for. His goal is to be this kind of clinician for his patients and for his mentees.

At the institutional level Dr. Puri serves as a point of contact and resource for colleagues and patients in the medical center to help manage resources and improve the quality of care. His current efforts also include work on developing a program that targets highly complex patients, such as patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), to deliver more effective care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce hospital (re)admissions.

Robert Sargis

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Sargis is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He completed his MD/PhD at Rush University before coming to the University of Chicago for his Internal Medicine and Endocrinology training. Rob’s clinical interests focus on diabetes, obesity, and lipid disorders, and in taking care of these patients, he places a strong emphasis on patient empowerment in effecting lifestyle change. In addition to seeing patients, Rob has an active research lab that studies the connections between environmental pollutants and metabolic diseases in hopes of generating sound scientific support for the development of public policy aimed at mitigating the deleterious effects of environmental contaminants on human health.