Each year the Bucksbaum Institute will provide substantial funding, to recruit one experienced physician-teacher or to appoint a senior physician hired in the last 12-14 months, each year to the University who will serve for three years as a Bucksbaum Master Clinician. These physicians will be role models for student scholars and faculty scholars in the delivery of excellent clinical care and skilled doctor-patient communication.
Arlene Chapman, MD (2016)
Department of Medicine
A renowned nephrologist, Arlene Chapman, MD, is dedicated to improving the lives of patients with renal disease. Dr. Chapman’s career has focused on hereditary renal diseases. Dr. Chapman also sees patients with chronic kidney disease of all causes, and those who are pregnant with underlying renal disease.
Dr. Chapman studies personalized or precision medicine and the role that genetic background plays in predicting antihypertensive responses to blood pressure medications used to treat hypertension. Dr. Chapman's early investigations centered on the renal and systemic changes to blood circulation that occur during preeclampsia. She has received continuous funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the past 18 years.
Dr. Chapman’s academic contributions include membership on several NIH committees as well as the Scientific Advisory Council for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Research Foundation and the Council for the American Kidney Societies. Dr. Chapman is the current director of the Clinical Resource Center for the Institute of Translational Medicine in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago. She has published nearly 170 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and previously served on the editorial boards for American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Kidney International and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
In addition, Dr. Chapman is a dedicated mentor and educator for medical students, interns and residents. She is actively involved in teaching fellows about various topics in nephrology and guides them in their research.
Neil Hyman, MD (2015)
Department of Surgery
Dr. Hyman received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and his M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1984. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York, and his colon and rectal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Hyman is currently Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Codirector of the Center for Digestive Diseases at the University of Chicago Medicine. He has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed original articles or textbook chapters.
Dr. Hyman serves on many regional and national committees, and is a member of numerous national organizations and societies. He has been President of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Associate Editor of Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Principle Investigator of the New England and Vermont Colorectal Cancer Quality Project, and Chairman of the Standards Committee of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is Treasurer of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and its Research Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Chairs the ACS Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgery.
He is the recipient of many teaching awards including Clinical Teacher of the Year, University of Vermont, College of Medicine 1993/94, 1994/95 and 1997/98. He has received the Jerome S. Abrams Teaching Award in 1992/93, 1993/94 and 1997/98, the Howe Outstanding Surgery Faculty Award 2000/2001, 2004/2005, 2010/2011 and the Humanism in Medicine Award, University of Vermont, College of Medicine 2001/02. He was designated as Teacher of the Year by the Chief Surgical Residents in 1991, 2007, 2009 and 2014 at UVM, and at the University of Chicago where he received the Robert Baker Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.
In 2005, he delivered the Commencement Address at the UVM College of Medicine graduation, was voted as Physician of the Year by the Vermont State Medical Society in 2011, and received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award from the Alumni Association of the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2014.
Nir Uriel, MD (2015)
Department of Medicine
Dr. Nir Uriel is an Associate Professor of Medicine and is the Director of the Heart Failure, Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Dr. Uriel is a leader in the field of heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. He specializes in caring for patients who require mechanical circulatory support, including ventricular assist devices (VADs). Dr. Uriel’s research focuses on advanced heart failure physiology, heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support. He has a strong interest in high-risk transplant populations, including HIV-positive patients and patients who have received mediastinal radiation due to tumors or prior transplants. Through his research, Dr. Uriel has improved treatment protocols and patient care for these high-risk groups. Dr. Uriel has published more than 80 original, peer-reviewed articles.
Douglas Dirschl, MD (2014)
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitative Medicine
Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, is a highly accomplished surgeon and an expert in orthopaedics. He specializes in caring for patients with musculoskeletal trauma and fractures, as well as other injuries and diseases of the bones, joints and muscles.
Dr. Dirschl’s research focuses on the assessment of factors that influence reliability in classifying fractures. He has studied the quality of radiographs, as well as the use of decision-making strategies to enhance reliability. Dr. Dirschl also studies the biological basis of surgery, including the relationship between hemorrhage in pelvic fractures and pelvic bleeding. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
A leader in medical education and health policy, Dr. Dirschl teaches medical students, residents and physicians about orthopaedic trauma, musculoskeletal pathophysiology and fractures. He has authored three books, more than 30 book chapters, and more than 75 peer-reviewed scholarly articles. In addition, Dr. Dirschl sits on editorial and review boards for several notable scientific journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Dr. Dirschl previously served as president of the American Orthopaedic Association.
Jessica Kandel, MD (2014)
Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics
Jessica J. Kandel, MD, is an expert in pediatric surgery. She specializes in the treatment of pediatric cancers, including Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma and hepatoblastoma, as well as vascular anomalies (hemangiomas, venous malformations, lymphatic malformations).
Dr. Kandel’s research focuses on the development and differentiation of blood vessels (angiogenesis) in solid tumors and vascular anomalies. She was a leader in early studies that suppressed tumor growth by blocking vascular endothelial growth factor, a protein that stimulates angiogenesis. Dr. Kandel’s work contributed to the development of bevacizumab, a drug used to manage metastatic colorectal, lung, and kidney cancers.
As the primary investigator on several long-term studies, Dr. Kandel’s current goal is to understand how tumors become resistant to therapies in order to identify new treatments for refractory cancers. Her research has been funded by notable organizations including the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Kandel has contributed widely to medical literature, publishing more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and three book chapters on angiogenesis and tumor growth. She currently serves as an editor for Oncology Letters and as an ad hoc reviewer for several other scientific journals. In addition, Dr. Kandel is a popular speaker and a dedicated educator, mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows on a range of research projects related to tumor modeling.
Michael Bishop, MD (2013)
Department of Medicine
Michael R. Bishop, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lymphomas and leukemias. In particular, he cares for patients with hematologic malignancies that have not responded to first-line treatments. An expert in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (bone marrow transplantation), Dr. Bishop and his team are working to address the unique social, economic, physiological and biological issues that patients face while undergoing this treatment.
Dr. Bishop’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of relapse after stem cell transplantation. Relapse is the primary cause of treatment failure and death after stem cell transplantation. He has served as the primary investigator on studies designed to prevent and treat disease recurrence after transplantation. Specifically, he works on ways to enhance immune effects of the transplanted cells against cancer.
An active contributor to medical literature, Dr. Bishop has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, in addition to more than 30 book chapters and two books on cancer treatment and research. He also serves on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Dr. Bishop is a dedicated mentor, teaching residents and fellows in classroom, clinical and research settings. Many of his past trainees hold leadership roles in medical oncology and immunology at academic medical centers or at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
Since 2001, Dr. Bishop has consistently been named one of the "Best Doctors in America" by Best Doctors, Inc. He previously served as a senior investigator and as the clinical head of stem cell transplantation for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
2013 Pilot Grant Project: A Pilot Program of Cost Communication in Hematologic Malignancies
Ross Milner, MD (2012)
Department of Surgery
Dr. Milner attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and then completed his residency training in General Surgery as well as fellowship training in Vascular Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received numerous teaching awards during his time as a resident and fellow at Penn. At the end of his fellowship, he was awarded the Marco Polo Fellowship from the Society for Vascular Surgery. As the Marco Polo Fellow, he worked at the University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands studying aortic aneurysmal disease and endovascular therapy. He performed the initial work investigating the value of remote pressure sensor use for surveillance of aneurysms after endovascular repair.
Following the fellowship, he joined the faculty at Emory University first as Assistant Professor and later as Associate Professor and Program Director of the Vascular Surgery fellowship. He moved to Chicago in 2009 after accepting the position of Chief of Vascular Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. In January 2012, he was recruited to the University of Chicago Medicine as Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Aortic Diseases. He is passionate about the care of vascular patients with a specific clinical and research focus on aortic aneurysm disease.
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
2013 Pilot Grant Project: Improving Professionalism for Physicians in Training: A Curriculum based Approach.
The Senior Faculty Scholar program is another new addition to the Bucksbaum Institute. Senior Faculty Scholars are a group of outstanding clinicians and teachers who are current members of the University faculty, and who personify the mission and goals of the Bucksbaum Institute to improve the doctor-patient relationship and the care of patients. As a Bucksbaum Institute Senior Faculty Scholar, each senior faculty member is asked to mentor, coach and advise Bucksbaum Institute Student, Junior Faculty and Associate Junior Faculty Scholars.
2016-17 Senior Faculty Scholars
Nishant Agrawal, MD
Department of Surgery
Dr. Nishant Agrawal attended Rutgers College, where he graduated 1st in his class. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he stayed to do an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency. Dr. Agrawal worked with Drs. Sol Snyder and Bert Vogelstein, two of the leading scientists of our time. He went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for a head and neck surgical oncology fellowship. In 2009, Dr. Agrawal joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and was then recruited to the University of Chicago in 2015. At the University of Chicago, his clinical area of focus is head and neck surgical oncology and his research interest is in the genetics of head and neck cancers and circulating tumor DNA as a biomarker. Dr. Agrawal is nationally/internationally recognized clinician, teacher, and research with seminal findings in head and neck cancer. He is Professor of Surgery and Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology.
Agnieszka Ardelt, MD, PhD
Departments of Neurology and Surgery
Dr. Agnieszka Ardelt is trained in Neurology with sub-specializations in Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care. She cares for critically ill patients with brain and spinal cord injuries and participates in clinical trials involving this patient population. In May 2014, Dr. Ardelt became the Director of the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit and Co-Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at the University of Chicago. Her work and research recognize the need to develop comprehensive multidisciplinary and longitudinal approaches to the care of patients. Dr. Ardelt is currently enrolled in a health care MBA program. Dr. Ardelt is committed to educating patient care-providers and is interested in real-time problem solving and communication in order to improve patient outcomes. She hopes to develop a system-wide, high-quality, longitudinal (pre-hospital to post-acute care) multidisciplinary delivery of care to patients with acute catastrophic neurologic conditions.
Joseph Baron, MD, MS
Department of Medicine
Dr. Joseph Baron enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago in 1954. The entirety of his subsequent career has been at the UofC except two years as a Research Associate at the NIH. Dr. Baron has held several administrative positions at the University of Chicago including Chief Medical Resident, Interim Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology, Course Director for Clinical Pathophysiology, Course Director for Physical Diagnosis/History Taking, and Medical Director of the Clinical Coagulation Lab. Dr. Baron was the director of the first clinical trial of human erythropoietin in patients. He has received the medical student basic science and Senior Medical Resident teaching awards. Other honors include the first Outstanding Clinical Service Award given by the Department of Medicine in 2006 and he has been listed multiple times in Chicago Magazine and Best Doctors of America. Dr. Baron is currently Chairman of the Hospital Transfusion Committee and Interim Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Program.
Melanie Brown, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Melanie Brown is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with a focus on Critical Care, Palliative Care, Integrative Medicine and Clinical Medical Ethics. She is the medial director of the Comer Pediatric Comfort Team that has a primary mission of improving the quality of life of children with complex medical conditions. Dr. Brown’s research interests include a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded project, which examines ways to improve communication in the PICU for patients facing life-changing decisions. Dr. Brown is active in medical education and has leadership roles in the Pediatric Residency Program, the medical school, and the South Side community. She is a former Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency program, and currently is Chair of the parallel admissions committee at the Pritzker School of Medicine as well as Chair of the BSD Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Trainee Committee. Dr. Brown is helping to develop and evaluate novel international curricula in Integrative Medicine.
Adam Cifu, MD
Department of Medicine
Dr. Adam Cifu is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He earned his BA from Haverford College and his MD from Cornell University. He did his residency in internal medicine and a year as the Primary Care Chief Resident at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Dr. Cifu is a general internist who divides his time between clinical practice, medical student education, and scholarly work. He co-directs the 3rd Year Medicine Clerkship and directs courses for 4th and 1st year medical students. He is the co-author of two books: a textbook on clinical reasoning and a book for the lay audience. He is a deputy editor of JAMA’s Clinical Guidelines Synopsis series. His honors include the Department of Medicine Award for Clinical Teaching in 2006, 2011 and 2016 and the Distinguished Educator/Mentor Award for the BSD. He is a master in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and has been selected as a Favorite Faculty Member by the graduating class of the Pritzker School of Medicine 14 times.
Kate A. Feinstein, MD
Departments of Radiology and Surgery
Dr. Kate Feinstein is Professor of Radiology and Surgery. As a general pediatric radiologist, she cares for patients in the Comer Children’s Hospital, teaching medical students, technologists, radiology, urology, and pediatric residents, and faculty. Her research interests include technical parameters in ultrasonography and radiography, contrast media use in fluoroscopy, and the natural history of brain disease in premature patients. Dr. Feinstein serves the medical community at large on the board of directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. She works on the standards committee, is a site visitor, and is the liaison to the medical assisting education review board. She is an active member of the American College of Radiology and is currently on the Commission of Education involved in identifying educational gaps for practicing radiologists and designing programs to address these gaps.
P. Allan Klock Jr., MD
Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care
P. Allan Klock Jr., MD is an anesthesiologist and professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care. He earned his MD from the University of Connecticut and he completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He later completed the Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Klock has been section chief for urologic anesthesia and medical director of the post-anesthesia care unit and currently serves as Medical Director of his department’s ambulatory clinics. Dr. Klock serves on his department’s quality assurance, education, resident recruitment and executive committees. Dr. Klock’s academic and clinical interests include airway management and he is past president of the Society for Airway Management and is co-director of the Airway Study and Training Center at UofC. Dr. Klock is also interested in educating non-anesthesiologist health professionals about making sedation more effective and safer. Dr. Klock has developed a curriculum entitled, “Safer Sedation and Analgesia” that has been delivered to over 600 medical professionals.
Susan M. Ksiazek, MD
Department of Ophthalmology and
Dr. Susan Ksiazek is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who interests are broad-based. A graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago, she completed first a neurology residency at the University of Michigan, followed by a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. She then went onto her ophthalmology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She is currently board certified in Neurology as well as Ophthalmology. She has experience with a running the Veteran’s Eye Clinic in Indianapolis before coming to Chicago. She continues seeing patients with a wide variety of problems including cataracts, glaucoma, eyelid problems, as well as neuro-ophthalmic disease. Her interests include education and in particular surgical education, specifically wetlab curriculum development. She is a devote educator and care giver. She won an award, Make a Difference in delivery of surgical care in 2015.
Raphael C. Lee, MD, ScD, DSc (Hon)
Department of Surgery
Dr. Raphael C. Lee is the Paul S. and Allene T. Russell Professor at the University of Chicago in Surgery (Plastic), Medicine (Dermatology), Translational Medicine and Organismal Biology & Anatomy (Biomechanics). He is a Fellow of the Institute for Molecular Engineering also a cofounder the Chicago Electrical Trauma Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Lee completed general surgery residency at the University of Chicago and plastic surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served on the faculty of Harvard University and M.I.T. Dr. Lee’s research is recognized for characterization of the molecular biophysics of tissue damage by electrical forces, ionizing irradiation and thermal trauma. His laboratory has developed synthetic chaperones to recover denatured and aggregated proteins, which have important implications in tissue preservation and thermal trauma. Dr. Lee was the first to describe obturator sensate fasciocutaneous flaps for congenital and acquired perineal deformities. Dr. Lee has been a Schering Scholar, MacArthur Prize Fellow, and a Searle Scholar. Notable awards include the James Barrett Brown Award for “advancing knowledge in the field of Plastic Surgery” and the American Electrical Power Association Award for “Advancing Electrical Safety and Health”.
Alisa McQueen, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Alisa McQueen received her MD from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. In 2008, Dr. McQueen joined the UofC faculty and is currently an Associate 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. Dr. McQueen is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
David Meltzer, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
Dr. David Meltzer is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences and the UChicago Urban Health Lab, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago, where he is The Fanny L. Pritzker Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the Department of Economics. Dr. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. Meltzer completed his MD and PhD in economics at the University of Chicago and his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His awards include the Garfield Award from Research America, the AHRQ Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award, and the AAMC Learning Healthcare System Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Edward T. Naureckas, MD
Department of Medicine
Dr. Edward T. Naureckas is the Vice President of the Medical Staff at the University of Chicago Medicine and a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care. He is the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, the Asthma and COPD Center and the Adult Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Dr. Naureckas received his MD from Washington University School of Medicine and performed his residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital. He completed his subspecialty fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Naureckas is a distinguished teacher and clinician, and has received several Outstanding Teacher Awards. He is a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award as well as the University of Chicago Medicine Department of Social Work Humanism award. Nationally, Dr. Naureck has served as the Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Guidelines Steering Committee.
Sola Olopade, MD, MPH
Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine
Dr. Sola Olopade is Clinical Director at the Center for Global Health and director of international programs at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Olopade graduated from the University of Ibadan Medical School, Nigeria in 1980. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital and fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Olopade holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed an ethics fellowship at the MacLean Center and now teaches responsible conduct of research and ethics of international medicine and research. He assisted the University of Ibadan, in developing their Ethics Board with federal-wide assurance certification. Dr. Olopade has received many honors, including the American College of Chest Physicians Humanitarian Award in 2006 and 2010 and Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctor since 2011.
Tipu Puri, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine
Dr. Tipu Puri received his MD from Northwestern University. He 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 physicians and serves as a fellowship Training Program Director and a medical student Career Advisor. 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.
Sandra R. Valaitis, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Sandra Valaitis is dedicated to patient care, medical education and administration. Dr. Valaitis has received a number of honorary educational awards (AOA and Golden Apple, Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators –all awards for excellent teaching) and has held leadership positions in medical education at the University of Chicago including student clerkship director, core faculty for the U of C MERITS program (Medical Education Research Innovation and Teaching Scholarship), and is a member of the University of Chicago Residents as Teachers and FAME Steering Committee. She has given workshops locally and nationally on clinical teaching and urogynecology, and has been an Oral Boards Examiner for ObGyn since 2001. Dr. Valaitis also holds the title of Director of Ambulatory Operations for Ob/Gyn and serves on the Ambulatory Operations Committee for the University of Chicago Hospital. She has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Urogynecology in Chicago annually since 2010. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sandra Valaitis as a Senior Faculty Scholar of the Bucksbaum Institute.