Professor of Medicine
Dean for Medical Education
Halina Brukner, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and the Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago. 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. 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 and was named a Bucksbaum Institute Senior Faculty Scholar in 2013.
Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Learning Environment
Vineet Arora, MD, AM'03 is Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Learning Environment at University of Chicago. In the latter role, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to integrate residents and fellows into the quality, safety, and value missions of the institution. Dr. Arora is committed to mentoring students in scholarly work and directs the popular NIH-funded Pritzker Summer Research Program. Through AHRQ, NIH, and ABIM Foundation funding, she has developed and evaluated novel interventions that combine systems change with adult learning theory to improve care and learning in teaching hospitals. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, often with medical students, with coverage in the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine. As the Director of Educational Initiatives at Costs of Care, she co-chaired the Teaching Value Choosing Wisely Challenge and co-authored Understanding Value-Based Healthcare, from McGraw Hill. For her work, she has received the American College of Physicians Walter J. McDonald Young Physician Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Excellence in Hospital Medicine Research Award, and the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Fred Brancati Leadership and Mentorship Award. In 2011, she was named to “20 People Who Make American Healthcare Better” by HealthLeaders Magazine.
Dr. Arora earned her medical degree at the Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency, chief residency, and Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Dr. Arora regularly tweets about medical education, technology, and health policy at @futuredocs.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education / Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
As Associate Dean and DIO, Dr. Blanchard oversees graduate medical education (GME) for the University of Chicago’s residents and fellows. Dr. Blanchard is recognized as a GME leader in accreditation and certification both locally and nationally. Locally she chaired our institution’s inaugural Graduate Medical Education Wellbeing Committee that planned and implemented a highly rated annual GME Resilience Week. Dr. Blanchard is a current member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also a founding board member for the Society of Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology (SASGOG), an organization created to facilitate leading edge treatments, enhance the delivery of clinical care, support education and scholarship, and foster excellence in research.
Dr. Blanchard is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology here at the University of Chicago and ultimately joined the faculty in 1994. Dr. Blanchard has focused her career on residency education and served as Program Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2004-2017.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Admissions
As the Associate Dean for Admissions, Keme Carter, MD, works closely with the Admissions team and helps to oversee all aspects of the admissions process at Pritzker. Dr. Carter’s role in admissions includes the recruitment and support of prospective students throughout the Pritzker application process, as well as working with faculty and students of the Admissions Committee in forming each medical school class.
Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Emergency 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. In addition to her role as the Associate Dean for Admissions, Dr. Carter 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 scholarly interests focus on developing and evaluating curricula in undergraduate medical education and studying communication practices in the Emergency Department in an effort to optimize patient care.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Medical School Academics
Dr. Cifu has been engaged in medical education since 1998, and is well-known to our students as the clerkship director for the Internal Medicine Clerkship, the course director for the first year Medical Evidence course and fourth year Critical Appraisal of the Landmark Medical Literature course, and the co-author of two influential books, Symptom to Diagnosis and Ending Medical Reversal. Dr. Cifu also serves as a deputy editor of the JAMA Clinical Guideline Synopsis series. Dr. Cifu has served as the Chair of the Clinical Curriculum Review Committee in the Pritzker School of Medicine since 2011. He has been recognized throughout his career for his significant contributions to medical education with multiple honors and awards, including receipt of the Clinician Educator of the Year award from the Society of General Internal Medicine, election as a Master in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, receipt of the “Favorite Faculty” award by multiple graduating classes, and the award of the Distinguished Educator/Mentor honor from the Biological Sciences Division in 2016.
As Associate Dean for Medical School Academics, Dr. Cifu brings his extensive knowledge of undergraduate medical education to various leadership positions at Pritzker, including serving as Chair of the Academic Progress Committees and the Committee on Academic Promotions. He will work closely with faculty and students to ensure student success in the curriculum and appropriate progress for all students towards excellence in their future practice of medicine.
Dr. Cifu earned his bachelor’s degree at Haverford College, then completed medical school at Cornell University Medical College. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, followed by a year as Primary Care Chief Resident there. Soon after, in 1997, he joined the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and has excelled in both teaching and clinical care here at our medical center ever since.
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Marcus Clark, MD joined the University of Chicago in 1993 and is currently Professor of Medicine, Director of the University of Chicago Autoimmunity Center of Excellence, and Chief of the Section of Rheumatology. Dr. Clark was appointed to Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program in 2011. Dr. Clark is a nationally recognized authority in B cell biology, having made several substantial contributions to our molecular understanding of how B cells develop in the bone marrow and how they are regulated in the periphery. He also has an active research program focused on how B cell activation contributes to the pathogenesis of human lupus nephritis. Dr. Clark has had extensive experience with the recruitment and training of graduate students. He has taught extensively in the Immunology graduate program, chaired the Immunology Recruitment and Curriculum Committees, and served on more than 50 thesis committees.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director of Preclinical Advising
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As Pritzker’s first Director of Preclinical Advising, Dr. Dorsey is responsible for expanding and ensuring a robust career advising program for our MS1 and MS2 students. In addition to meeting individually with all first- and second-year students, Dr. Dorsey works to connect them with faculty for mentorship and shadowing experiences and is expanding the number and types of interdisciplinary opportunities for medical students.
Dr. Dorsey is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She went on to complete an integrated residency in Vascular Surgery at Stanford and returned to the University of Chicago in 2016 as Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Vascular Surgery. In addition, she completed the MERITS Medical Education Faculty Fellowship in 2020. She currently serves as a career advisor for the DeLee Society, one of Pritzker’s four advising societies. With respect to surgical education, she is often students’ first contact with the Department of Surgery and meets frequently with students considering this career path. She is also the Faculty Director of the MS3 Vascular Surgery Rotation and Co-Course Director for the Surgical Simulation experience for our MS3 students.
From a clinical standpoint, Dr. Dorsey is a practicing vascular surgeon and serves as the Director of the UChicago Vein Clinic. Outside of her clinical interests, Dr. Dorsey has also devoted much of her time to better understanding health inequities and issues related to workforce diversity. In 2020, she was appointed Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Surgery - a role that allows her to directly improve the work and learning environment at this institution.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement
As Associate Dean for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement and an experienced qualitative researcher at the University of Chicago, Dr. Farnan has focused her career on research and scholarship in health professions education. She has used qualitative research methods to examine patient safety issues (handoffs, supervision), and also study the relationship between social media and professionalism. Her work has resulted in more than 50 publications—including several book chapters—and numerous invited speaking presentations.
With her Masters in Health Professions Education, she has received formal training in adult learning theory and designing and evaluating educational interventions. As the Director of Clinical Skills Education at the Pritzker School of Medicine, she has extensive experience in the implementation of educational technology and simulation as well as in the shepherding of students in their learning of history and physical examination skills.
Clinically, Dr. Farnan practices as an academic hospitalist and works with Internal Medicine housestaff.
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Medical Education
As Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Medical Education, Dr. Fromme collaborates with other educational leaders in UME and GME to ensure that faculty development efforts relate to existing medical education needs and strategies across the continuum of medical education. She develops and expands faculty development endeavors as well as developing new and innovative programs through the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators. Since being appointed as Director of Faculty Development and Associate Director of the Academy in 2014, Dr. Fromme has already been instrumental in growing Academy programs, including the FAME faculty development programs, the Teaching Consultation Service, and the Residents Are Teachers Steering Committee. Dr. Fromme is a Master in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and a Senior Faculty Scholar of the Bucksbaum Institute of Clinical Excellence. Dr. Fromme is also Section Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics. She has received many national honors including the 2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Educational Achievement and Innovation, and appointment as the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospital Medicine.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of Interprofessional Education
Dr. Kostas serves as Director of Interprofessional Education in addition to her role directing the Longitudinal Program at the Pritzker School of Medicine. She has significant experience developing and implementing unique curricular opportunities at the University of Chicago to support our students’ effectiveness in the clinical environment as part of an interprofessional care team. Her work includes such initiatives as the first-year interprofessional workshop and physical therapy clinical experience, the second-year clinical experiences in pharmacy and speech language pathology, and the third-year post-acute care workshop, among many other curricular innovations.
Dr. Kostas developed her skills as a medical educator through completion of the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions as well as the Medical Education Research Innovation, Teaching, and Scholarship (MERITS) Fellowship here at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Kostas is a graduate of the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a clinical fellowship in Gerontology at Harvard. She also completed an advanced fellowship at the Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Centers at the Boston VA.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Professional Development & Engagement
Director, Wellness Programs
As the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Wellness Programs, Dr. Lee directs the Wellness Programs, oversees the Free Clinic experiences for students and helps to direct career advising and mentoring programs. Her work encourages students to reflect on their journey through medical training and empowers students to care for themselves in order to serve their patients and communities.
Dr. Lee is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She joined the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2010 and completed the MERITS Medical Education Faculty Fellowship. She serves as a Core Faculty member and Assistant Director for Ambulatory Education for the Internal Medicine Residency program. She was selected as an Associate Junior Faculty Scholar for The University of Chicago’s Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence in 2012 in recognition of her dedication to improving the patient-doctor relationship. Dr. Lee’s academic interests are focused on patient-centered strategies to improve patient-doctor communication, and developing interventions to improve physician wellness and resiliency.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Assistant Dean for Admissions
As the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Dr. Marcangelo works closely with Keme Carter, MD, the Associate Dean for Admissions, on ensuring that Pritzker continues to recruit outstanding applicants from all over the country.
Dr. Marcangelo, in addition to his robust clinical duties, has been an integral part of medical education Pritzker since 2008, when he first joined the faculty. He completed his MD at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and his residency here at the University of Chicago, before completing a one year fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at George Washington University-Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Marcangelo assumed the role of clerkship director for the psychiatry clerkship the year he returned to the University of Chicago as a faculty member, and has been a section leader for psychiatry in CPP&T for nearly as long. Additionally, he has served on both of our Curriculum Committees for a decade, and has dedicated much of his time to other initiatives and interest group leadership. Most impressively, he has been named a “Favorite Faculty” member eight times by our students, and has won the Doroghazi Outstanding Clinical Teaching Award three times, among various other honors. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of Fourth-Year Studies
Pre-clinical Curriculum Review Committee Chair
As Director of Fourth-Year Studies, Dr. Poston works with senior medical students to help them utilize the opportunities available to them in the fourth year so that they graduate with the most robust set of experiences, competences, and knowledge as they make the transition to graduate medical education. Dr. Poston also dedicates much of his time to the education of medical students and residents; his current projects include curriculum development for teaching medical procedures, physical examination skills, and critical clinical thinking.
Dr. Poston is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Chicago’s Internal Medicine program. He served as Chief Resident and went on to a clinical fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care, also at the University of Chicago. He currently serves as the Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, and advises a cohort of students spanning all four years of medical school in his role as a career advisor for the Rowley Society.
Professor of Medicine
Director of International Programs
Dean for Academic Affairs in the Biological Sciences Division
In his role as Director of International Programs, Dr. Olopade has expanded Pritzker’s work in global health education, working closely with deans, staff, and students to ensure the success of international programs for medical students. Dr. Olopade has served on the Executive Committee for the Center for Global Health at the University of Chicago for more than 10 years. He is also a highly regarded Pulmonologist, Ethicist, and mentor.
Dr. Olopade completed his medical degree at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria. He went on to residency and served as Chief Resident at Cook County Hospital’s Internal Medicine residency program. Dr. Olopade completed fellowships in Thoracic Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Clinical Medical Ethics at the Maclean Center, University of Chicago.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs
As the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, Dr. Saunders provides individual student counseling and advising to students and supports and advises school-sponsored affinity groups. Dr. Saunders also plays a key role in ensuring a diverse pipeline of students, both through her involvement in the Pritzker admissions process and through her work with the summer pathway programs sponsored by the Pritzker School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the impact of an intensive patient referral and education program prior to renal replacement therapy, and she is pilot testing an interactive computer adaptive chronic kidney disease education program for hospitalized African American patients. Dr. Saunders is the principal investigator of an NIDDK R01 grant for the former project.
Dr. Saunders received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University before completing her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Saunders is a general internist who spent two years as a Hospitalist Scholar and a Fellow in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics before joining our faculty in 2010. Dr. Saunders has also significantly developed her skills as a medical educator through completion of the MERITS Medical Education Fellowship.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs
Monica Vela, MD'93, is deeply enmeshed in supporting and advocating for diversity throughout the institution. As Director of the innovative Health Care Disparities in America course, Dr. Vela introduces all first-year students to many ongoing issues that affect underserved populations. She serves as a visible leader and faculty advisor to multiple student organizations, including the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program and the Latino Medical Student Association. Her advocacy efforts extend to our faculty and residents, as Dr. Vela serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity in the Department of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Vela works to improve recruitment, retention, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship of minority students, residents, fellows, and faculty in an environment rich with cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director of Scholarship and Discovery
As Co-Director of the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum, Dr. Wolfson assesses the impact of Scholarship & Discovery and leads the school’s participation in multi-center evaluations of medical student research programs. Her work related to medical student research has been noteworthy: she developed a novel Authorship curriculum; directs the Scholarly Concentrations Collaborative, a group of medical education leaders who work together to grow opportunities for student research; and launched a new website for the Collaborative, designed to inform and engage medical educators on topics relevant to student research and scholarship. Dr. Wolfson’s work led to regional and national recognition for our Scholarship & Discovery program.
Dr. Wolfson obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and continued here, completing both her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship. She went on to complete our MERITS Medical Education Fellowship. In 2018, Dr. Wolfson was named a Fellow of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators.
Professor of Medicine
Dean of Students
James N. Woodruff, MD, is the Dean of Students for the Pritzker School of Medicine. In this role, he supports medical students in their professional development, specialty selection, and residency application. A graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Woodruff completed his internal medicine residency and Chief Residency in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. His eight year tenure as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and six year tenure as the Department of Medicine’s Vice Chair for Education provide him with broad perspective on the medical training pathway. Dr. Woodruff remains Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency with responsibility for managing 14 fellowship training programs.
Dr. Woodruff’s major educational focus has been on professional development in both student and resident medical trainees. Examples of initiatives he has led include novel programming to prepare students for their clinical clerkships, critical event counseling to harness transformative learning opportunities, aggressive longitudinal counseling to promote resident scholarship, and the creation of a formal physician scientist residency training pathway. He co-authored a chapter in the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Program Director’s Handbook on “Mentoring in Academic Medicine”. Other work has focused on the centralization and development of new administrative resources to enhance residency and fellowship training in the age of the Accreditation Committee of Graduate Medical Education’s “New Accreditation System”.
An important feature of Dr. Woodruff’s efforts to promote professional development in both residents and students is an emphasis on social justice. As a residency director he enhanced diversity in the residency program through the implementation of a visiting clerkship program and the development of a minority resident organization. He created the University of Chicago Medicine’s first resident continuity clinic caring exclusively for uninsured patients. This clinic continues to be based in Englewood, one of Chicago’s most impoverished neighborhoods. He has enhanced quality and ethical standards of practice at the Pritzker School of Medicine’s five free clinics, at which over ninety percent of Pritzker students serve before graduation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Provident Foundation, a community based organization that strives to enhance opportunity for South Side youth interested in health careers.
Dr. Woodruff is a practicing General Internist, caring for patients in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. For the past two years, he has served as the director for a course at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on Primary Care for Women, a unique cross-specialty collaboration between the American College of Physicians and ACOG. Dr. Woodruff is the guest editor for an upcoming edition of the North American Clinics of Obstetrics and Gynecology focusing on primary care for women, and is in the process of building out a nationwide primary care training program for Planned Parenthood.