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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.

Grace Berry LaShore, MD

Grace Berry LaShore, MD

2020–2021 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Grace Berry LaShore, MD, is an Internal Medicine physician in the Comprehensive Care Program in the Section of Hospital Medicine, specializing in the care of complex adult patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. After earning her undergraduate degree in Biology at Yale University, she received her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed her residency at NY Presbyterian Hospital- Columbia University. Upon completing her residency, she moved to Chicago to join the Comprehensive Care Program at the University of Chicago, where she now serves as the Director of Clinical Operations. During her time at UChicago, she has also been a faculty scholar with the LUCENT program, a program that provides skills to become leaders in transforming primary care in underserved, urban settings. Her interests include clinical operations, healthcare delivery innovation, healthcare disparities, improving transitions of care between the inpatient and outpatient settings, and quality improvement. Dr. LaShore is also the course director for the Comprehensive Care Program 4th year medical student elective and a preceptor for 1st year medical students for the Patient Centered Longitudinal Experience.

Julia Bregand-White, MD

Julia Bregand-White, MD

2020 ALUMNI SCHOLAR
2019–2020 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bio

Julia Bregand-White, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was trained at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Magee Womens Hospital. Clinically, she focuses on the care of pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies and has taken the administrative and clinical lead in developing the Fetal and Neonatal Care Center (FNCC). The FNCC is a brand new program which has coordinated the care of over 200 patients in just over a year offering accurate evaluation and diagnosis of complex fetal conditions and facilitating prenatal collaboration with pediatric subspecialists to improve the outcome of these complicated pregnancies. Dr. Bregand-White has an interest in medical education, serves as the Associate Fellowship Program Director and oversees the fourth year sub-internship. She has developed a series of educational initiatives within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine to improve evidence based clinical consensus as well as the education of sonographers and trainees.

In 2020, Dr. Bergand-White joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine Health (UCI) in Orange, CA.

Julia Bregand-White, MD

Julia Bregand-White, MD

2019–2020 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bio

Julia Bregand-White, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was trained at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Magee Womens Hospital. Clinically, she focuses on the care of pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies and has taken the administrative and clinical lead in developing the Fetal and Neonatal Care Center (FNCC). The FNCC is a brand new program which has coordinated the care of over 200 patients in just over a year offering accurate evaluation and diagnosis of complex fetal conditions and facilitating prenatal collaboration with pediatric subspecialists to improve the outcome of these complicated pregnancies. Dr. Bregand-White has an interest in medical education, serves as the Associate Fellowship Program Director and oversees the fourth year sub-internship. She has developed a series of educational initiatives within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine to improve evidence based clinical consensus as well as the education of sonographers and trainees.

In 2020, Dr. Bergand-White joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine Health (UCI) in Orange, CA.

Gillian Brennan, MD

Gillian Brennan, MD

2020–2021 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Pediatrics
Bio

Dr. Brennan obtained her medical degree from the University College Dublin, Ireland. She completed her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY, followed by a fellowship in neonatology at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell, New York, NY. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, Dr Brennan was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr Brennan has been an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at University of Chicago since 2016. Her areas of interest at medical simulation and medical education. She is the Director of Neonatal Simulation and the associate program director for the neonatology fellowship program.

Leslie Caldarelli, MD

Leslie Caldarelli, MD

2011–2012 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Pediatrics
Bio

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.

Brian Callender, MD

Brian Callender, MD

2015–2016 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Brian Callender, MD, is an academic hospitalist and medical educator with academic interests in global health, the inpatient hospital experience, clinical education and the medical humanities. Dr. Callender attended the Pritzker School of Medicine and continued at the University of Chicago for his training in internal medicine. He is a graduate of the Medical Education Research Innovation Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship and the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics fellowship.

He is currently co-director of the Global Health Track of the Scholarship and Discovery curriculum at the Pritzker School of Medicine and teaches a course, Global Public Health. His burgeoning interest in the clinical experience and the medical humanities has lead to the development of a course, The Body in Medicine and the Performing Arts, as well as scholarly exploration of the use of graphic narrative in medicine as an educational tool. With the aid of a Bucksbaum Institute pilot grant, he is currently working with colleagues to research and develop a graphic pamphlet that educates patients about the inpatient hospitalization. He is interested in how the medical humanities can improve the inpatient experience and provider-patient relationships.

As a medical director for the Advanced Practice Service, he supervises advanced practice nurses in the care delivery of general medicine, cardiology. and post-procedure patients. In this role, he is interested in clinical education, professional development, and the role of bedside multidisciplinary rounds to improve clinical care and patient communication and education.

Woojin James Chon, MD

Woojin James Chon, MD

2011–2012 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Medicine
Bio

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 University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Faculty.

Kenneth Cohen, MD

Kenneth Cohen, MD

2015–2016 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Sarah Collins, MD

Sarah Collins, MD

2013–2014 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bio

Sarah Collins, MD, is a specialist in urogynecology. In the Center for Pelvic Health, Dr. Collins works with a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to helping patients overcome physical, social and emotional challenges associated with pelvic floor disorders.

Dr. Collins is skilled in open, robotic, laparoscopic, and vaginal surgical techniques. In her research studies, she has investigated ways in which treatment for pelvic floor disorders affect quality of life.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Predictors of satisfaction with surgical decision-making in elderly women undergoing gynecologic surgery

As of 2016, Dr. Collins joined the faculty at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.

Jennifer Cone, MD, MHS

Jennifer Cone, MD, MHS

2020–2021 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Surgery
Bio

Jennifer T. Cone, MD, MHS, FACS, earned her undergraduate degree at the Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She graduated from medical school at Tulane University and completed general surgery residency at Tulane.

Dr. Cone has an expertise i33n trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care. She has been an integral part of the opening of University of Chicago’s Adult Level 1 trauma center, developing many of the protocols that are used to guide clinical practice. She has an active interest in resident education and is an Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program. She has won the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching and serves as a mentor and advisor for both clinical and research residents. Dr. Cone leads surgical intern bootcamp and a monthly intern skills club. Her academic work has focused on trauma outcomes and violence prevention research. Additionally, she serves on several national committees related to surgery.