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Senior Faculty Scholars

Senior Faculty Scholars are a group of outstanding clinicians and teachers who are current members of the University faculty, and who personify the mission and goals of the Bucksbaum Institute to improve the doctor-patient relationship and the care of patients. As a Bucksbaum Institute Senior Faculty Scholar, each senior faculty member is asked to mentor, coach and advise Bucksbaum Institute Student, Junior Faculty and Associate Junior Faculty Scholars.

Yolanda T. Becker, MD

Yolanda T. Becker, MD

2019–2020 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMN

Department of Surgery
Bio

Dr. Yolanda T. Becker is a professor of surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at University of Chicago Medicine. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed her residency at Vanderbilt University. She them completed her transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin where she joined the faculty prior to coming to the University of Chicago.

Dr. Becker is a past Board President of the OPTN/UNOS (Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing). She has served on the UNOS corporate affairs, nominating committee, and board governance subcommittees. She has chaired the Policy Oversight Committee, setting policy for organ transplantation nationwide. Dr. Becker has served as an elected member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) board of directors and led several AST committees. In recognition of her work, Dr. Becker was named a Fellow of the American Society of Transplant and has also been awarded the “Friend of Nursing Award by the International Transplant Nurses Society.

Her current research interests include education of patients across the health literacy divide as well as the treatment of obesity in patients with kidney failure. Dr. Becker is committed to education; she have developed curriculum focused on communication, professionalism and practice-based learning, and she has received the Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching award multiple times since 2011. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Yolanda Becker as a Senior Faculty Scholar.

In 2021, Dr. Becker retired from the University of Chicago and became a consultant at Transplant Solutions, LLC.

Anita Blanchard, MD

Anita Blanchard, MD

2014–2015 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bio

2014-2015 Senior Faculty Scholar – Retired

Anita Blanchard, MD’90, is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) at UChicago Medicine and serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official, supervising and supporting 133 residency and fellowships programs including 1023 residents and fellows. She maintains accreditation standards, promotes professional development, and fosters strategic initiatives and innovation in medical education. She served as the associate program director in OB-GYN for 5 years and residency program director for OB-GYN for 13 years prior to her promotion to the GME office in 2017. She has devoted 22 years of her career to medical education.

As a practicing gynecologist, Dr. Blanchard specializes in treatment of cervical dysplasia, menopause management, and geriatric gynecologic care. She is a former trustee and past vice president of the board of directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a former member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) OB-GYN review committee, and the University’s co-PI of the ACGME Pursuing Excellence Initiative.

Dr. Blanchard is committed to enhancing Chicago’s South Side community by increasing the diversity of physicians and building programs to fulfill community needs. She has created innovative community programs including seminars highlighting maternal and adolescent topics. She also founded the Graduate Medical Education Resilience Initiative focused on physician wellbeing. Together with the Urban Health Initiative team, her Graduate Medical Education team launched a new program, Community Champions, facilitating resident and fellow participation in community engagement in Winter 2021.

Dr. Blanchard earned a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology and Physiology from Northwestern University and completed medical school and her OB-GYN residency at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She is active in many civic organizations and enjoys living in the South Side community she serves with her husband, Martin Nesbitt and their five children.

Diana Bolotin, MD, PhD

Diana Bolotin, MD, PhD

2020–2021 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Diana Bolotin MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Section Chief of Dermatology and Director of the Dermatology Ambulatory Practice and Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of Chicago where she is actively engaged in patient care, resident teaching and clinical research on cutaneous malignancies. Dr. Bolotin is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley (A.B. with Honors), University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division, Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology (Ph.D.) and University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine (M.D.). She completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency training in Dermatology at the University of Chicago where she served as chief resident. Subsequent to her Dermatology training, she completed a Procedural Dermatology/ Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology fellowship at Northwestern University. She returned to the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor and Director of Dermatologic Surgery in 2011.

As a fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon, Dr. Bolotin has expertise in a wide range of medical and surgical treatments in cutaneous oncology, including Mohs micrographic surgery and excisional treatments of cutaneous neoplasms. Her clinical and academic interests span the field of cutaneous oncology, leadership and trainee and junior faculty mentorship. Having graduate training in skin biology, she is particularly interested in non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) biology, clinical behavior and treatments. Her current research focuses on clinical trials and translational research on molecular underpinnings of NMSC as well as novel approaches to advanced NMSC therapy. She is a recipient of a Medical Dermatology Society Mentorship Award, several Chicago Dermatologic Society Research Awards, an American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Cutting Edge Research Award and an ASDS President’s award for her contributions to the specialty.

James R. Brorson, MD

James R. Brorson, MD

2017–2018 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Neurology
Bio

Dr. James Brorson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Medical Director of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Neurology Clerkship Director for the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Brorson is an active clinician and researcher who specializes in stroke prevention and treatment. He research and care of patients has helped make the UChicago Medicine a center for treatment of cerebrovascular diseases and stroke, including leading participation of the medical center in the NIH-sponsored Stroke Trials Network, and in 3 current clinical trials in stroke prevention and treatment.

Dr. Brorson’s laboratory research focuses on the role of excitatory glutamate receptors in neuronal degenerative diseases. His clinical education research is on validation of objective structured clinical examination in neurology. Dr. Brorson was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, and as an alumni honoree of the Alpha Omega Alpha Society. He has received clinical teaching awards from both medical students and neurology residents.

Melanie Brown, MD

Melanie Brown, MD

2016–2017 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR – ALUMNI

Department of Pediatrics
Bio

Dr. Melanie Brown is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with a focus on Critical Care, Palliative Care, Integrative Medicine and Clinical Medical Ethics. She is the medial director of the Comer Pediatric Comfort Team that has a primary mission of improving the quality of life of children with complex medical conditions. Dr. Brown’s research interests include a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded project, which examines ways to improve communication in the PICU for patients facing life-changing decisions. Dr. Brown is active in medical education and has leadership roles in the Pediatric Residency Program, the medical school, and the South Side community. She is a former Associate Program Director for the pediatric residency program, and currently is Chair of the parallel admissions committee at the Pritzker School of Medicine as well as Chair of the BSD Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Trainee Committee. Dr. Brown is helping to develop and evaluate novel international curricula in Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Brown is now a physician at Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.

Halina Brukner, MD

Halina Brukner, MD

2013–2014 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. Halina Brukner is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Medical School Education. She led the planning and implementation of the Pritzker Initiative curriculum and oversees all aspects of curricular and academic issues for the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Brukner is also the Director of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators. A graduate of Yale University and the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Brukner did her internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty in General Medicine in 1985, and has served as clerkship director in Internal Medicine (1986-1999); Director of the Primary Care Group (1995-99); Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine (1999-2004); and Associate Dean for Medical School Education (2004-present). Dr. Brukner is a general internist with a busy practice in the University of Chicago Primary Care Group.

Brian Callender, MD

Brian Callender, MD

2022–2023 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR
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.

Keme Carter, MD

Keme Carter, MD

2018–2019 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR
2015-2016 JUNIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. Keme Carter is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean for Admissions at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1999 and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Carter completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and served as Chief Resident from 2005-2006. She subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Chicago and currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Section of Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Clerkship Director. Dr. Carter’s work in undergraduate and graduate medical education has been recognized through her induction as a fellow in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and by several awards including the Doroghazi Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award, the Emergency Medicine Clinical Teacher of the Year Award, and the Biological Science Division’s Distinguished Educator/Mentor Junior Award. In recognition of her empathy towards patients and service as a role model for medical students, Dr. Carter was the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Carter’s research focuses on studying communication practices in the Emergency Department in an effort to optimize patient care.

Dr. Carter is now a Bucksbaum Senior Faculty Scholar.

Keegan Checkett, MD

Keegan Checkett, MD

2020–2021 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Dr. Keegan Checkett received her MD from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco and her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago. In 2011, Dr. Checkett joined the faculty at the University of Chicago, where she currently is an attending physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Checkett’s interest lies in emergency care development in low-income regions, particularly in education and training development. She served as core faculty for the Emergency Medicine residency of Muhimbili University, Tanzania from 2011-2014. From 2014-2018, Dr. Checkett worked as the program co-director for the Emergency Medicine residency of University Hospital of Mirebalais, Haiti, where she developed, implemented, and transitioned the curriculum for the first Emergency Medicine residency in Haiti. Additionally, Dr. Checkett is active in the education arm of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM), including serving as the lead editor-in-chief for the second edition AFEM Handbook of Emergency Care and as the managing editor of the AFEM Presentation Bank. In 2018, Dr. Checkett developed the University of Chicago Global Emergency Medicine Medical Education fellowship, a novel global EM fellowship for which she serves as fellowship director. Currently, Dr. Checkett serves as the director of global emergency medicine at the University of Chicago; collaborates with the Haitian Society for Emergency Medicine as a Health and Policy Advisor in Emergency Care for Partners in Health; and consults for the World Health Organization COVID-19 Clinical Management team to develop global education and training tools.

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH

2018–2019 SENIOR FACULTY SCHOLAR

Department of Medicine
Bio

Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH, Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics, is a general internist with extensive experience improving the care of vulnerable patients with chronic disease. He is Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Finding Answers: Solving Disparities Through Payment and Delivery System Reform Program Office, Co-Director of the Merck Foundation Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care National Program Office, and Associate Director of the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Chin serves on the National Advisory Council to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Preventive Services Task Force. He is a former President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), and has won mentoring awards from SGIM and the University of Chicago. He is leading an AHRQ-funded project to improve shared decision making among clinicians and LGBTQ people of color. Dr. Chin is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and he completed residency and fellowship training in general internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chin was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017.