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.
2016-17 Associate Junior Faculty Scholars
Lolita Alkureishi, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Lolita (Maria) Alkureishi, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, in the Section of Academic Pediatrics. Following her residency at UCSF, Dr. Alkureishi served as the Pediatric Medical Director for the San Mateo County Keller Center for Family Violence Intervention. Since joining the University of Chicago as faculty in 2011, she has continued her commitment to caring for underserved children and her outpatient clinical time is based at the Friend Family Health Center Pulaski location, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic which serves primarily underserved Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Alkureishi has a particular interest in advocating for and developing curricula to improve patient-centered technology use in order to enhance, rather than compete with, communication and the patient-doctor relationship and she has received a number of awards and grants in recognition of her work.
Dr. Alkureishi also serves as the Clerkship Director for Pediatrics, and oversees all fourth year sub-internships and electives within the Department. Dr. Alkureishi is a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and was a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Richard M. Rothberg Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care and Resident Education, and was an AOA Faculty Inductee.
Anna Volerman Beaser, MD
Department of Medicine
Dr. Anna Volerman is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. She earned her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her MD at Boston University School of Medicine, graduating summa cum laude. She completed her medical training at the Harvard Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Boston Children’s Hospital Residency Program in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She joined the faculty of University of Chicago and is currently a primary care physician seeing both adults and children in her clinic. Dr. Volerman is committed to fostering innovation in health care delivery and medical education in clinical, classroom, and community settings. She is the Co-Director of LUCENT – a multidisciplinary primary care leadership training program for residents and faculty – as well as Associate Director for Education in the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program. Her research focuses on reducing disparities for children with asthma through schools and in clinical settings, as well as fostering interprofessional collaboration and team-based care in clinics.
Megan Conti Mica, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Megan Conti Mica, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine, has extensive expertise in the surgical management of hand and upper extremity surgery including athletic injuries, trauma, arthritis, congenital deformities and complex reconstruction. With her special interest in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder pathology, Dr. Conti Mica utilizes both minimally invasive (arthroscopic) and microvascular (microscopic) techniques. She is the dedicated hand surgeon for the sports service and works actively with high level athletes.
Dr. Conti Mica obtained her undergraduate bachelor’s degree at University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and graduated from the University of Arizona School of Medicine with Honors in Research. She completed her Orthopaedic Residency at Loyola University in Chicago and two post-graduate fellowships. She successfully completed the Fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and was awarded the Schwartz Travelling Fellowship, an opportunity to expand her education in shoulder and elbow surgery with experts in Europe. Dr. Conti Mica joined the University of Chicago in 2015.
Dr. Conti Mica has a personal interest in international medicine having participated in several international medical missions. She has trained under the instruction of renowned Orthopaedic experts in the United States and abroad.
Patrick Cunningham, MD
Department of Medicine
Dr. Patrick Cunningham is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Nephrology. His clinical interests are focused on kidney transplantation, including the selection of appropriate kidney transplant recipients and living donors, as well as managing the many complications of patients after they receive a kidney transplant. Additionally, he runs a subspecialty clinic caring for patients with glomerulonephritis and other inflammatory diseases of the kidney, including lupus nephritis. As part of this work, he performs many kidney biopsies and is working with collaborators on a project designed to improve the safety of this procedure. Relevant to both transplant and glomerulonephritis, Dr. Cunningham is conducting clinical research into the consequences of mutations in the APOL1 gene, which have been found to greatly increase the risk of various kidney diseases in African Americans. The availability of genetic testing for APOL1 mutations raises several ethical questions which he intends to explore. His past scientific research has studied the molecular mechanisms of acute kidney injury and immune mediated glomerular diseases and he continues an active role in peer review in these areas.
Adrianne Dade, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Adrianne Dade works at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Generalist Section. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago. Currently, Dr. Dade also serves as the Associate Residency Program Director. She practices general Obstetrics and Gynecology with specific interest in preventative medicine, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, normal pregnancy, and DaVinci Robotics. Dr. Dade organizes and leads the DaVinci simulation program for the University of Chicago OB/GYN residents. Dr. Dade has a special interest in medical education with a current focus on resident education and interprofessional relations. She is a former APGO Scholars and Leaders Fellow. Dr. Dade is also a past University of Chicago MERITS Fellow, which is a program that focuses on medical education and research. Dr. Dade is an ABOG Oral Board Examiner and a SASGOG Board member. She serves on the APGO Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the University of Chicago-Wide Student Disciplinary Committee.
Wendy S. Darlington, MD, MAPP
Department of Pediatrics
Wendy S. Darlington, MD, MAPP, is a Clinical Instructor in the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology who specializes in benign hematology and the malignant diseases of childhood. During her time as a fellow Dr. Darlington completed a Master’s at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She has developed, in conjunction with others, the Chicago Sickle Cell Disease Research Group. This is a multifaceted group of clinicians and researchers dedicated to all avenues of research surrounding sickle cell disease. She currently focuses her research in understanding the interplay of public policies with the social determinants of health and health outcomes among patients with sickle cell disease, especially in the transition from pediatric to adult care.
Daniel W. Golden, MD
Department of Radiology and Cellular Oncology
Dr. Golden is Assistant Professor, Medical Student Clerkship Director, and Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology. He completed residency at the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Pritzker School of Medicine Medical Education Research Innovation Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship and is nearing completion of a Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Golden’s clinical practice is at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross where he treats a broad array of cancers with external beam radiation. Dr. Golden focuses on educating his patients about their disease and treatment process with the goal of reducing anxiety and improving treatment compliance and outcomes.
His academic interests focus on education. He founded the Radiation Oncology Education Collaborative Study Group (ROECSG), which develops, implements, and evaluates radiation oncology curricular innovations using a collaborative group study model. The ROECSG structured didactic clerkship curriculum is implemented at 22 radiation oncology departments and demonstrates subjective and objective improvements over the traditional clerkship model. Dr. Golden enjoys spending time teaching and mentoring medical students and residents. He received the Radiation and Cellular Oncology Resident Physician teaching award in 2015.
Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD
Department of Medicine
Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD, is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education. He works with patients with small bowel diseases, obesity and other conditions affecting the digestive system.
Dr. McDonald’s interest in the effects of nutrition on health and disease stem from his experience with Project Brotherhood — an innovative clinic dedicated to providing accessible, affordable care for black men on Chicago’s South Side. While training barbers to serve as health educators, he became keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, including the role of nutrition. In 2012, Dr. McDonald received a certificate in professional cookery from Kendall College School of Culinary Arts.
Dr. McDonald also is an active researcher. He recently investigated the effects of vitamin deficiency in patients requiring parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding) and studied the usefulness of fecal calprotectin in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. He also created a web-based mobile program to assess the utility of applications in managing inpatient hepatology patients. Dr. McDonald’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Neil Sengupta, MD
Department of Medicine
Dr. Neil Sengupta is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. He completed his medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and his residency training in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Sengupta’s research interests lie in optimizing the care and outcomes of patients hospitalized with gastrointestinal bleeding. He has conducted work defining the role of endoscopic and radiologic testing in patients with lower gastrointestinal bleeding, and has specific interests in complications of patients who have bleeding while on systemic anticoagulation. In addition, Dr. Sengupta serves as the Quality Improvement director for the Section of Gastroenterology, and has several active projects focusing on improving the quality of colorectal cancer screening at a local and institutional level. He is currently mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows in outcomes research, as well as quality improvement research initiatives.
Meltem Zeytinoglu, MD, MBA
Department of Medicine
Dr. Zeytinoglu’s clinical practice emphasizes management and prevention of endocrine disorders, including diabetes, osteoporosis, and obesity, in older adults.
Individuals’ risk of acquiring these conditions rises substantially with aging, and older adults represent the largest demographic with these diseases. Unlike many younger adults, as individuals age and acquire different medical conditions, their health status often begins to look very different from that of their age-matched peers.
Despite this, there is limited evidence to guide health-care providers and patients in how to optimize care for metabolic diseases in geriatric patients with heterogeneous health conditions — a group which has frequently been excluded from randomized clinical trials. Dr. Zeytinoglu’s research interests are focused on helping to improve this gap and studying methods and treatments for optimizing management of chronic metabolic conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis in older adults.