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"Joel Schwab, MD On Being a Doctor" Lecture Series

The “Joel Schwab, MD On Being a Doctor” Lecture Series is a monthly lecture series featuring Bucksbaum Faculty and Alumni Scholars from UChicago and around the US presenting on a selected aspect of effective clinical care. Please join us for the fifth lecture, being held on April 4th at 4:00 p.m. CST.

“Joel Schwab, MD On Being a Doctor” Lecture Series

The Clinical Excellence Podcast

Please join Dr. Adam Cifu and Dr. Matt Sorrentino for a deep dive into critical concepts and components of the doctor-patient relationship, all in an effort to improve clinical care.
New episode of the Clinical Excellence Podcast are available to listen now!

Clinical Excellence Podcast

Mary E. Rinella, MD Named 2022-2023 BICE Master Clinician

Bucksbaum is proud to welcome Dr. Mary Rinella as our 2022-2023 Master Clinician. Dr. Rinella is a board-certified transplant hepatolgist with 20 years of experience treating patients with complex liver disease. She is an expert in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is the most common cause of liver disease in the United States.

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2022-2023 Scholar Award Dinner

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating the new/newly promoted 2022-2023 Bucksbaum Faculty and Medical Student Scholars!

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence was created to improve patient care; to strengthen the doctor-patient relationship; to enhance communication and decision-making in health care through research and education programs for medical students, junior faculty, and master clinicians; and to reduce health care disparities.

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The Bucksbaum Institute has appointed 514 faculty, medical students, and undergraduate pre-medical student scholars across 8 scholar groups over the last 10 years.


The Bucksbaum Institute has developed 30 programs for scholars and the larger University of Chicago community over the past 10 years.


The Bucksbaum Institute has begun to develop new strategic partnerships to increase education and research on the doctor-patient relationship, shared decision-making and other critical efforts to improve patient care.


Zhiqiu Ye, PhD and Clinical Collaborators Instrumental in Advancing and Promoting Bucksbaum Pilot Grant Research

In collaboration with Bucksbaum Institute Senior Faculty Scholar, Dr. Stacie Levine, Dr. A. Justine Landi, and Dr. Kimberly Beiting, we’re proud to highlight Dr. Ziqiu Ye’s work of Opioid and Substance Use Disorders Services in Nursing Homes through the Bucksbaum Pilot Grant Program.

Dr. Ye’s project has already been presented at the PALTC23 Conference and will be presented at the AGS23 Annual Scientific Meeting this May. Through this project, Dr. Levine and Dr. Ye developed a validated survey instrument to measure and identify the practices and policies of care delivery in nursing homes for patients with a history of opioid and substance use disorders.

The Bucksbaum Institute, in partnership with our wonderful scholars and collaborators, is proud to support great work such as this!

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago aims to enhance the skills of physicians as advisers, counselors, and navigators to help patients make informed decisions when facing complex treatment choices.

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Made possible by the Matthew & Carolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Carolyn “Kay” Bucksbaum