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Associate Junior Faculty Scholars

Each year, the nomination process for Junior Faculty Scholars consistently generates many exceptional candidate recommendations from all clinical departments. In an effort to retain involvement from these superb faculty, the position of Associate Junior Faculty Scholar was created in 2012. Associate Junior Faculty Scholars are eligible to participate in all Bucksbaum Institute programs and each spring they may apply for funding through the Bucksbaum Institute Pilot Grant Program.

Patrick Reavey, MD, MS

Patrick Reavey, MD, MS

2017–2018 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Surgery
Bio

Dr. Patrick Reavey is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his general surgery residency at Columbia University Medical Center. During general surgery residency he also completed a two-year Outcomes Research Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and obtained a Masters in Biostatistics. He subsequently went on to complete a residency in plastic surgery at New York University and an orthopedic hand fellowship at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Reavey joined the University of Chicago after completing his training. His clinical focus is on hand surgery and lower extremity reconstruction, including diabetic limb salvage. He is committed to providing patient-centered care and involving patients in shared-medical decision-making to tailor the best treatment plan for each patient. His research interests include the development and utilization of patient-reported outcome measures to evaluate and guide patient care. Dr. Reavey is respected clinical educator, and is actively involved in both resident and medical student training. He is the director of the plastic surgery medical student student clinical clerkship and the Associate Residency Program Director for Plastic Surgery.

In 2012, Dr. Reavey joined the faculty at the University of Rochester in New York.

Charles Rhee, MD

Charles Rhee, MD

2017–2018 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. Charles Rhee is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology from Stanford University and his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago followed by a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University. He returned to join the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2014 and currently serves as the Director of the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship program as well as the director of the cardiac palliative care program, which he started. His work has focused on integration of palliative care with cardiology, with an emphasis on advanced heart failure patients. He is currently working on development of a primary palliative care curriculum which includes basics of symptom management and communication skills for cardiology providers. He also lectures frequently on the principles of palliative care to learners of all levels, from medical students to attendings.

Sandra Rose, MD

Sandra Rose, MD

2020–2021 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Neurology
Bio

Dr. Sandra Rose is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Chicago. After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Michigan State University, Dr. Rose attended medical school at Wayne State University and completed her medical intern year at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit. She then moved to the University of Chicago, where she completed her neurology residency, clinical neurophysiology fellowship and epilepsy fellowship before joining the faculty.

Dr. Rose’s clinical interests lie in the care of adult patients with epilepsy, with a special interest in patients transitioning for pediatric to adult care. She is also the medical director of the neurophysiologic monitoring service. She is also very interested in education, and acts as the director of the adult and pediatric tracks of the epilepsy fellowship.

Ari Rosenberg, MD

Ari Rosenberg, MD

2023-2024 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. Rosenberg is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his fellowship training in medical oncology and hematology at Northwestern University. He is a medical oncologist and clinical investigator focusing on head and neck cancer. Dr. Rosenberg develops and conducts clinical trials that incorporate novel tissue and blood-based biomarkers, and he has a particular focus on novel therapies and immunotherapeutic strategies, as well as developing multimodality treatment paradigms to reduce treatment-related toxicity.

Kathryn Rowland, MD, MPHS

Kathryn Rowland, MD, MPHS

2022 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics
Bio

Katie Rowland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Section of Pediatric Surgery, at the University of Chicago.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, majoring as a University Scholar with an emphasis in biology and the medical humanities.  She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Population Health Science degrees from Washington University in Saint Louis.  She completed her general surgery residency training at Washington University in Saint Louis and fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Oregon Health and Science University.  At the University of Chicago she is a pediatric surgeon with a clinical emphasis on minimally invasive techniques.  She has an interest in quality improvement in the delivery of pediatric surgical care.  She has an academic research focus in moral and professional formation in medical education.  She is a Faculty Fellow at the Hyde Park Institute and the course director of the Scholars in Ethics and Medicine program, where she teaches University of Chicago medical and undergraduate students in the cultivation of character, using a virtue ethics framework to promote flourishing as a physician and in life. 

Arlene Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, MPH, MBA

Arlene Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD, MPH, MBA

2020–2021 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Arlene Ruiz de Luzuriaga is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Dermatology, and Vice-Chief for Dermatopathology Operations. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Ruiz de Luzuriaga also holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago, where she received the Vashee Promising Entrepreneur Award from the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 2017. She completed her dermatology residency at the University of Chicago, serving as Chief Resident in her final year of residency, and then also completed her dermatopathology fellowship. Dr. Ruiz de Luzuriaga is a dermatologist and dermatopathologist. She is interested in epidemiologic studies in dermatology and dermatopathology, clinical informatics, and the use of information technology for the improvement of patient care, diagnosis and treatment algorithms, quality improvement, and medical education. Her clinical focus is on total body photography, dermatoscopy, skin cancer surveillance, and melanoma prevention and early detection. She hopes to explore the decision-making experience surrounding ambiguous melanocytic neoplasms, and how patients and dermatologists incorporate additional data from novel ancillary diagnostic tests for melanocytic lesions.

Yasmin Sacro, MD

Yasmin Sacro, MD

2013–2014 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Medicine
Bio

Yasmin Sacro is an outstanding junior clinician-educator who’s been named as a Core Faculty member for the University of Chicago Internal Medicine residency program, based on her superior clinical skills and teaching abilities. She sees a high volume of adult primary care patients and is known by patients as an outstanding clinician. Yasmin teaches residents in the Primary Care Group and also at Community Health — the community-based free clinic, where she’s taking the lead on developing curriculum for residents about providing care in this underserved and very challenging setting.

As of 2015, Dr. Sacro is a physician at Denver Health in Colorado.

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD

2012–2013 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Medicine
Bio

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.

As of 2016, Dr. Sargis joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Neil Sengupta, MD

Neil Sengupta, MD

2016–2017 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

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.

Namrata Setia, MD

Namrata Setia, MD

2017–2018 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Pathology
Bio

Dr. Namrata Setia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and specializes in gastrointestinal pathology and cytopathology. Her clinical interests are focussed on medical and neoplastic gastrointestinal disease diagnoses. She is a dedicated educator and works closely with fellows and residents, mentoring them in clinical outcomes research. In her clinical research, Namrata is working on developing prediction models for personalized medicine in gastric carcinoma with a goal to integrate advanced genomics in routine clinical practice. She is also working on promoting international academic and diagnostic collaborations. As a part of this effort, she is establishing a working group focused on inflammatory bowel disease with the support of the University of Chicago’s Global Engagement program.