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Bucksbaum Junior Faculty Scholars

2011-12 Associate Junior Faculty Scholars
Danielle Anderson

Danielle Anderson, MD
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Danielle Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

She completed her medical degree at University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She received training in psychiatry at the University of Chicago and fellowship training in geriatric psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her interests include psychiatric complications that arise in dementia, late life depression, and how medical education impacts the empathy of developing physicians. She believes that communication and conveying understanding to diverse populations are essential to clinical excellence.

Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in 2015.

Andrew Aronsohn

Andrew Aronsohn, MD
Department of Medicine

Gastroenterologist and hepatologist Andrew Aronsohn, MD, is a specialist in the diagnosis and management of liver diseases. Dr. Aronsohn has particular expertise in treating hepatitis C and in evaluating patients for liver transplantation. He is a member of the University of Chicago Center for Liver Diseases, a multidisciplinary center nationally known for its broad experience, research discoveries, and treatment innovations related to liver diseases and transplantation.

Dr. Aronsohn researches and evaluates new treatments for liver disease. He is currently studying different types of therapies for elderly patients with hepatitis C. Also a medical ethicist, Dr. Aronsohn is investigating the principles involved in the allocation of organs for transplantation.

Leslie Caldarelli

Leslie Caldarelli, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Caldarelli is a neonatologist specializing in the treatment of premature and critically ill infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. She completed her residency and fellowship at The University of Chicago and now serves on the faculty. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Caldarelli works on improving the quality of medical care, researching medical outcomes and improvements in clinical care.

Her publications include articles on the long-term outcomes of neonatal intensive care and the effectiveness of new teaching methods. She is a dedicated educator and is interested in developing curricula. She also works with education in simulation centers.

As of 2015, Dr. Caldarelli joined the faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

Woojin James Chon

Woojin James Chon, MD
Department of Medicine

An adult nephrologist, Dr. W. James Chon is a member of the University of Chicago Medicine’s highly regarded renal transplant team. He specializes in the evaluation of donors and recipients for kidney and kidney-pancreas transplantation. Dr. Chon has extensive experience in post-transplant treatment, particularly in the management of immunosuppressive therapy for these patients.

Dr. Chon has been actively involved in numerous clinical research projects that deal with complex medical issues in renal transplant candidates and recipients. He is also interested in protecting deceased donor kidneys from tissue injury that can occur during the procurement surgery and transport process.

Dr. Chon is now a member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Jessica Curley

Jessica Curley, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics

Jessica Curley MD, PhD is a Clinical Associate in pediatric nephrology. She also is the director of the pediatric quality assurance committee. While she has always loved to teach and provide clinical care, she has eagerly helped develop and continuously improve efforts to increase patient satisfaction as well as the quality and safety of care provided at UCM.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Quality Improvement vs. Research: Controversies and Confusion

In 2014, Dr. Curley joined the Rocky Mountain Kidney Center in Denver, CO.

Gina Dudley

Gina Dudley, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Gina Dudley completed her Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the University of Cincinnati in 2004. She currently serves as the director of the Adult Sickle Cell Care Team at the University of Chicago, where she treats patients with sickle cell disease in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a faculty preceptor for internal medicine and internal medicine/pediatrics residents and a clinician in the primary care group. Her clinical experiences and interests include transitional care for young adults with chronic diseases and health care for the homeless and vulnerable populations.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Development of a Patient Care Card for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease

As of 2013, Dr. Dudley entered private practice in Memphis, TN.

Allen Gustin

Allen Gustin, MD
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Dr. Gustin is a faculty member of the University of Chicago Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He is boarded in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He was a candidate for the Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine boards in 2012. His background is centered on being a physician educator, which is evident from his multiple teaching awards. His research focuses on the use of high fidelity simulation in medical student, resident, and fellow education.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: An Acute Pain Patient with Advanced Stage Cancer AND A Hospice Patient with Respiratory Distress in the ER: Improving Resident Physician Communications with Patients at the End of Life Utilizing Simulation Training

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Improving Patient Perception During Disclosure Conversations if Unanticipated Outcomes

Dr. Gustin joined the faculty at Loyola University in Chicago, IL in 2015.

Jennifer Hofer

Jennifer Hofer, MD
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Jennifer Hofer is an anesthesiologist who specializes in critical care medicine. Jennifer’s affiliation with The University of Chicago has been since college in 1996, through to medical school, residency and fellowship, and now the present as a member of the faculty. She has specific interests in resident education, peri-operative care, and intra-operative coagulopathy including the effects of cell saver administration on bleeding, and outcomes of off-label Factor VII administration.

She has published in Anesthesiology Clinics on "Taking the septic patient to the operating room" and in book chapters on topics including common ICU procedures, electrolyte abnormalities, and pre-operative anesthesia assessments. Jennifer is a Bucksbaum Institute fellow and has an interest in developing the doctor-patient relationship to help physicians become first line responders to identify and stop human trafficking.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Physicians as First Line Responders Against Human Trafficking

Neda Laiteerapong

Neda Laiteerapong, MD
Department of Medicine

Neda Laiteerapong, MD, is a practicing general internist and researcher in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Laiteerapong’s work focuses on improving the understanding of how the quality of life in older adults with diabetes is affected by geriatric syndromes, hypoglycemia and macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes. To examine this area, she uses data gathered from patient surveys and secondary data sources including pharmacy and health claims by Kaiser Permanente Northern California managed care. She has also used diabetes microsimulation models to evaluate the effects of delays in achieving blood pressure control in adults with diabetes.

Currently she is studying how patients with diabetes incorporate the concept of time in their decisions to start intensive treatments now or later. Additionally, she has co-authored articles about the public health implications of bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment and the effects of health care reform on the delivery of chronic disease care.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Patient Beliefs Regarding How the Timing of A1Ca and Blood Pressure Control Affects Diabetes Outcomes

Alisa McQueen

Alisa McQueen, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Alisa McQueen is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and an Attending physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Comer Children’s Hospital. As the Program Director for the newly established fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine, she focuses on graduate medical education and is particularly interested in the use of simulation to help train residents and fellows in pediatric resuscitation, difficult conversations in the emergency department, and facilitating family presence during pediatric procedures and resuscitation.

2012 Pilot Grant Project (joint project with Dr. Diana Mitchell): Communications During Pediatric Resuscitation

Diana L. Mitchell

Diana L. Mitchell, MD
Department of Pediatrics

Diana Mitchell, M.D. is an Instructor of Pediatric Critical Care. She cares for critically ill patients in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University. She worked for several years as a youth education director for AmeriCorps in Denver, Colorado before entering medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dedicated to working with children from the Southside of Chicago, Dr. Mitchell completed her Pediatric residency, Chief Residency, and subspecialty training in Pediatric Critical Care at The University of Chicago.

Dr. Mitchell’s research interest focuses on multidisciplinary medical education using medical simulation. Simulation based training uses high fidelity computerized mannequins to train members of the pediatric critical care team. Dr. Mitchell implemented and currently runs a curriculum for pediatric residents and nurses that focuses on caring for a critically ill pediatric patient. The goal of this curriculum is to train all members of the medical team to provide competent and compassionate care to the most critically ill children.

2012 Pilot Grant Project (joint project with Dr. Alisa McQueen): Communications During Pediatric Resuscitation

Peter O'Donnell

Peter O’Donnell, MD
Department of Medicine

Peter H. O’Donnell, MD, specializes in the treatment of genitourinary malignancies, including prostate, kidney, and testicular cancers — with particular expertise in bladder cancer.

Dr. O’Donnell is a well-published researcher with advanced training in pharmacology and pharmacogenomics (the study of genetic traits that cause differences between patients in drug responses and side-effects). He has an interest in the study of individualized care, which involves considering each patient’s genetic profile when determining chemotherapy and other therapeutic decisions. Dr. O’Donnell has several ongoing research projects. Currently, he is investigating how genetic factors affect chemotherapy drug outcomes -- specifically for patients receiving the widely used chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and capecitabine, and for patients receiving chemotherapy as part of their treatment for bladder cancer.

Additionally, Dr. O’Donnell serves as principal investigator of the "1200 Patients Project," a clinical study operated through the Center for Personalized Therapeutics at the University of Chicago. In this role, he leads an initiative exploring the possibility and benefit of incorporating broad pharmacogenomic testing into routine clinical practice for patients with any type of disease.

Dr. O’Donnell is also a member of the University of Chicago Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics. This committee aims to expand the educational mission of conducting research and training the next generation of scientists in clinical pharmacology, principles of therapeutics, molecular pharmacology, and pharmacogenomics.

2012 Pilot Grant Project: The 1200 Patients Project

Jason Poston

Jason Poston, MD
Department of Medicine

Dr. Poston is a critical care physician, pulmonologist, and medical educator. His clinical scholarship focuses on interdisciplinary care and communication to promote optimal outcomes from critical illness. Dr. Poston also dedicates himself to the education of medical students, and directs several innovative courses that teach the clinical skills of doctor-patient communication, physical examination, professional development, and critical medical thinking.