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Junior Faculty Scholars

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence supports two-year appointments for three Bucksbaum Junior Faculty Scholars. Scholars are selected for their dedication to patient care, collaborative decision-making and clinical excellence. They are encouraged to explore approaches to improving the doctor-patient relationship and how this knowledge may benefit patients and the community. The faculty also serve as mentors for the medical student scholars.

Lisa Marie Cannon, MD

Lisa Marie Cannon, MD

2017–2018 Junior Faculty Scholar – Alumni

Department of Surgery
Bio

Dr. Lisa Cannon earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. While there, she took a year to focus on narrative medicine and received a distinction in medical humanities. She also received the John J. Morton and John H. Morton Memorial Scholarship for her focus on patient care.

Dr. Cannon went on to complete her general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She completed her colon and rectal fellowship at the University of Chicago, and stayed on as faculty. She serves on several committees for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and benign colorectal disorders, implementing enhanced recovery pathways for the section, and prudent use of minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Cannon has a strong interest in the patient-physician interaction and surgical quality with emphasis on safe patient handoffs and interdisciplinary team communication. She is the recipient of the Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award ’16.

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

Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD

Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD

2022-2023 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Gastroenterology
Bio

Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD, is a board-certified physician who specializes in gastroenterology. Dr. Krugliak Cleveland has advanced training in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and sees patient with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. She is interested in the use of novel therapies to treat IBD and use of new technologies for the detection and management of cancer and inflammation in IBD including bedside intestinal ultrasound. 

Along with her clinical expertise, Dr. Krugliak Cleveland is also a physician-scientist, whose research focuses on disease outcomes and prevention of IBD complications. She investigates the application of new technology for the detection and prevention of progression of IBD. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Gastroenterology, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences and more.

Jonas de Souza, MD, MBA

Jonas de Souza, MD, MBA

2014–2015 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. De Souza participates in both clinical and outcomes research studies on malignancies of the upper aerodigestive tract, especially head and neck cancers. His research focuses on the use of novel therapeutic agents along with measurements of financial burden, patients’ preferences, and the trade-offs between the risks and benefits of cancer therapies. His research has sought to integrate outcomes research, patient preferences, health policy, and economics into clinical practice. His ultimate goal is to increase access to essential cancer therapies by providing policy makers and scientific communities with the required information on patient preferences and on barriers that lie between cancer patients and access to care.

De Souza has authored and presented papers and given lectures on head and neck malignancies, reimbursement methods in oncology, and evidence-based care. He is the principal investigator for a trial examining the role of SPECT-CT in the follow-up of patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers.

De Souza earned his MD from the University of Rio de Janeiro State. He completed his residency specializing in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in 2008 and a fellowship focusing on hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago in 2011. Dr. de Souza is currently pursuing his MBA at Booth to aid in his research about Cost Communication in Hematologic Malignancies. His ultimate goal is to increase access to essential cancer therapies by providing policy makers and scientific communities with the required information on patient preferences and on barriers that lie between cancer patients and access to care.

Dr. Jonas de Souza is now the Medical Director for Humana in Louisville, KY.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: A Pilot Program of Cost Communication in Hematologic Malignancies

Andrew Fisher, MD

Andrew Fisher, MD

2021–2022 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bio

Andrew Fisher, MD, specializes in obstetric and gynecologic medicine and delivers comprehensive care to women, transgender, and gender diverse patients. Dr. Fisher treats a wide range of conditions affecting these individuals, including abnormal uterine bleeding, opioid use disorder in pregnancy, hormone therapy for gender affirming transgender patients and more. He currently serves as the medical director for the Trans CARE Program (Clinic for Affirmation and Reproductive Equity). Dr. Fisher is also an expert in transabdominal cerclage (TAC) for patients who suffer from cervical insufficiency in pregnancy. To elevate his clinical practice, Dr. Fisher evaluates new and improved treatments and techniques to enhance the lives of his patients. His current Bucksbaum-sponsored research examines the intersection of transgender and gender diverse patients with pregnancy, including doula models of care and group prenatal care. Dr. Fisher’s work has been published in several highly respected peer-reviewed journals, including Fertility and Sterility, Neurourology and Urodynamics, and Biophysical Journal.

Ahmeneh Ghavam, MD, MA

Ahmeneh Ghavam, MD, MA

2021–2022 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR
2020-2021 ASSOCIATE JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Pediatrics
Bio

Ahmeneh Ghavam, MD, MA, attended medical school at the American University of the Caribbean, followed by pediatric residency at the University of Arizona. Following residency, she completed fellowship in pediatric critical care at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin/Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ghavam subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Chicago where she is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the section of Critical Care Medicine. While in fellowship she developed an academic interest in pediatric bioethics and has completed a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Within bioethics, her area of academic focus lies at the intersection of organ donation and death determination, with a special interest in pediatric donation after circulatory death. In addition to her academic work, clinical time spent in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Sedation suite, Dr. Ghavam is also actively involved in medical education serving as the associate program director for the Pediatric Critical Care fellowship program.

Raymon Grogan, MD, MS

Raymon Grogan, MD, MS

2013–2014 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Surgery
Bio

Raymon Grogan, MD, is a specialist in the surgical management of thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland diseases. He has expertise in the surgical management of endocrine cancers as well as benign endocrine gland disorders.

As a clinician and a scientist, Dr. Grogan is actively involved in clinical, translational, and basic science research. He is currently working on identifying genetic and proteomic biomarkers in thyroid and adrenal tumors. Understanding the genetic and molecular changes in these tumors could lead to better diagnosis and treatment strategies for patients with cancer. The ultimate goal is to improve patients’ lives by translating state-of-the-art research findings into everyday clinical practice.

Dr. Raymon Grogan is the section chief of endocrine surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

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

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Understanding of the Psychology of Thyroid Cancer Patients in an Era of Increasing Incidences

Christopher Kramer, MD

Christopher Kramer, MD

2019–2020 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Neurology
Bio

Dr. Christopher Kramer is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the Section of Neurocritical Care. He received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He then went on to pursue his Neurology residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona followed by his Neurocritical Care fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2015.

Dr. Kramer has a passion for medical education and serves as the Neurocritical Care Fellowship Program Director and as a member of the Neurology Resident Education Committee and the Clinical Competency Committee. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) program at the University of Chicago. Nationally, he was involved in the creation of the Essentials of Neurocritical Care, an educational endeavor for providers through the Neurocritical Care Society. He is a faculty advisor to neurology residents, is developing a simulation-based curriculum for learners of various levels and backgrounds on neurological emergencies.

His research interests include the impact of communication on providers and families in the neurocritical care unit, novel treatments for acute ischemic stroke, penetrating traumatic brain injury, prognostication after cardiac arrest, and brain death.

Alexander Langerman, MD

Alexander Langerman, MD

2011–2012 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Surgery
Bio

Alex Langerman is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is a specialist in the treatment of head and neck cancer and other diseases of the skull base, throat, and larynx as well as reconstruction of the head and neck.

Alex attended medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine during which time he also served as a fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his MD with Honors in 2005 and continued at the University of Chicago for his Otolaryngology residency training. He subsequently completed fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, and Microvascular Reconstruction at Vanderbilt University before returning to the University of Chicago as faculty in 2011.

Alex’s research centers on improving the care of head and neck cancer patients. He conducts comparative effectiveness, social science, and translational research on topics including patient decision-making, perioperative management, human tissue specimen workflow, and education in the operating room. As a Bucksbaum Scholar Alex is studying methods to augment the Primary Care Physician-patient relationship in the setting of multidisciplinary referral care for complex diseases. In addition to a busy clinical practice at the University of Chicago Medicine, Alex also participates in yearly humanitarian missions to the Dominican Republic as part of Medical Aid for Children of Latin America and he was recently appointed to the Humanitarian Efforts Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

2013 Pilot Grant Project: Dynamic Operational Mapping – Annotation for Patient and Family Education

Dr. Langerman joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Nita Lee, MD, MPH

Nita Lee, MD, MPH

2012–2013 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bio

Nita Karnik Lee, MD, is a board certified gynecologic oncologist specializing in the treatment of women with gynecologic malignancies including ovarian, uterine, cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancers. Her focus is on providing women with these cancers comprehensive and compassionate care including surgical and chemotherapy management. She has an expertise in minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery for the treatment and staging of gynecologic cancers including endometrial and cervical cancers. She has a special interest in optimizing cancer care for obese women with minimally invasive surgical approaches.

Dr. Lee’s research and clinical interests include a focus on patient education and survivorship issues of obesity and lifestyle interventions for uterine cancers. She is a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group clinical trials organization and participates in development and implementation of clinical trials and new therapies for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers.

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

2012 Pilot Grant Project: Endometrial Cancer Survivorship in African-American Women

Evan Lyon, MD

Evan Lyon, MD

2015–2016 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. Lyon’s academic interests encompass global health, human rights scholarship and advocacy, social medicine, prisoner health, and medical education. He has collaborated with Partners In Health [www.pih.org] in Haiti and at other sites for more than 18 years. He has been extensively involved in physician, nurse, and community health worker training for more than a decade. He is on the board of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago and teaches health and human rights at the College Dr. Lyon is the lead faculty on a University of Chicago Delhi Center funded project to advance “Rights-based Approaches to Tuberculosis” in collaboration with the Law School. Dr. Lyon is the lead faculty for the Global Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the University of Chicago, with fellows now working between Chicago and Haiti, Rwanda, and China.

Closer to home, Dr. Lyon is a primary care and hospital medicine physician in the University of Chicago Comprehensive Care Program. Continuing “global health at home,” Dr. Lyon delivers home-based primary care on the South Side of Chicago providing continuity between house calls and the hospital. Third year Pritzker students are now accompanying Dr. Lyon to learn from house calls during their core Family Medicine Clerkship.

In 2020, Dr. Lyon joined Partners in Health.

In 2016, Dr. Lyon joined the faculty at Heartland Alliance in Chicago, IL.