Vineet Arora, MD

  • Herbert T. Abelson Professor of Medicine
    Vice Dean of Education & Dean for Medical Education
  • Clinical Interests: Quality and Safety in Teaching Hospitals, Sleep Disorders, Social media in healthcare
  • Websites: Research Network Profile
  • Contact: varora@uchicago.edu

Dr. Arora is an academic hospitalist who specializes in improving the learning environment for medical trainees and the quality, safety, and experience of care delivered to hospitalized adults. She is an internationally recognized expert on patient handoffs in healthcare and also has extensive expertise in using technology such as social media to improve the workplace learning in teaching hospitals on a variety of topics. Her educational videos on handoffs, supervision, professionalism and costs of care have been used by numerous educators around the country as well as garnered professional awards and been featured on NPR and by the New York Times.



As an accomplished researcher, she has been the Principal Investigator of numerous federal and foundation research grants. As the the Principal Investigator of an AHRQ funded study, she developed tools to evaluate handoff quality among hospitalists and residents. Through funding from the National Institutes on Aging and the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, she is investigating the effect of sleep loss on hospitalized patients, and developing novel interventions to optimize patient experience in hospitals through workplace learning and systems change. She is also the Principal Investigator of an NIH R01 entitled TEACH STRIVES (Spreading Teen-Research Inspired Videos to Engage Schoolmates) to evaluate the impact of a novel social media intervention to boost interest of minority youth into medical research careers.



Dr. Arora academic work has resulted in over 130 peer-reviewed publications and has been recognized with awards from the Society of Hospital Medicine, Society of General Internal Medicine, Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has also testified to Congress on the primary care crisis as well as to the Institute of Medicine on residency duty hours and handoffs. For her work, she was been recognized as ACP Hospitalist Magazine's Top Hospitalist in 2009, one of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better" by HealthLeaders Magazine in 2011, and as a Master to the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators at the University of Chicago. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery, enabling all incoming Pritzker students to participate in longitudinal mentored scholarly projects. As the Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment Innovation, she is working to ensure residents from all specialties are integrated into hospital quality initiatives.



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PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2001-2004 House Physician, MacNeal Hospital, Oak Park, IL

2004-2006 Assistant Dean, Curricular Innovation, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

2005-2013 Associate Program Director- Internal Medicine Residency, University of Chicago

2007-Present Assistant Director, Hospitalist Scholars Training Program, University of Chicago

2009-Present Assistant Dean Scholarship & Discovery, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

2009-Present Co-Director, MERITS Medical Education Fellowship, University of Chicago

2013-Present GME Director of Clinical Learning Environment Innovation, University of Chicago Medicine





PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American College of Physicians, 2001-Present

Chair, National Council of Associates, 2005-2006 (14-member Council representing 17,000 trainees in internal medicine residencies and fellowships)

Regent, Board of Regents, 2005-2006

Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 2005-2006

Ex-officio Member, Board of Governors, 2004-2005

Member, Health and Public Policy Committee, 2004-2005; 2009-present

President, Northern Illinois Council of Associates, 2003-2004

Member, Northern Illinois Policy Advisory Committee, 2004-2013



Society of Hospital Medicine, 2001-Present

Founder and Co-Chair, Early Career Hospitalists Section, 2004-2007

Co-Chair, Clinical Vignette Committee, 2002-2004

Member, Annual Planning Committee, 2004-2006

Reviewer, Research Abstract Committee, 2005-2011

Co-Chair, Hand-off Standards Task Force, 2006-2008

Co-Chair, Research Abstract Review Committee, 2007-2009

Member, Awards Committee, 2009-2011



Society of General Internal Medicine, 2003-Present

Reviewer, Workshop Committee for Research Methodologies, 2005

Reviewer, Hospital Medicine Research Abstracts, 2007

Chair, Special Symposia, Annual Planning Committee, 2007

Member, Ad Hoc Committee, 2009-Present

Co-Chair, Abstract Committee Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting, 2010-2011

Member, Communications Task Force 2013-present



American Geriatrics Society, 2003-Present



Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, 2004-Present

Survey Committee, 2009-Present (Chair in 2011-2014)



American Board of Internal Medicine

Task Force on Hospital-based Certification, 2006

Subcommittee on Hospital Medicine, 2007-2008



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FUNDED RESEARCH



Principal Investigator, NIH/NIGMS R01 GM107721

“TEACH STRIVES (Spreading Teen Research Inspired Videos to Engage Schoolmates)”

Dates: 9/1/2013-8/31/2017

To test the effectiveness of a social media based intervention using video vignettes made by teens to increase interest in clinical research careers among minority youth.



Principal Investigator, R25 HL116372-01A1, National Institute of Health

SIESTA (Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act)

Dates: 12/01/2013 - 11/30/2017

To develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate the SIESTA (Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act) program, a multicomponent educational intervention designed to prepare hospital staff to assist patients in obtaining better sleep in hospitals and recognize the importance of screening for sleep disorders.



Principal Investigator, American Sleep Medicine Foundation Educational Research Award

SIESTA: Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act

Dates: 7/1/2013- 7/1/2014

To develop educational modules for nurses and physicians designed to teach staff to optimize the hospital sleep environment as well as screen patients for sleep disorders



Principal Investigator, 1K23AG033763, National Institutes of Health, Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23)

“Environment and Perceived Control: Improving Sleep in Hospitalized Older Patients”

Dates: 12/01/09-11/01/14

To characterize and improve sleep and noise and its associated impact on health outcomes for hospitalized seniors



Co-director and primary author, 1T35AG029795, National Institute of Aging, Medical Student Short-Term Aging-related Research program (PI Meltzer) Dates: 5/08-5/12 (renewed 5/2013)

Doubling Down on Diversity: Enhancing the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Academic Physicians in a Post-affirmative Action Era.
Doubling Down on Diversity: Enhancing the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Academic Physicians in a Post-affirmative Action Era. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Apr 02.
PMID: 38564161

Sleeping with one cerebrum open: patient and staff perceptions of sleep quality and quantity on an inpatient neurology unit.
Sleeping with one cerebrum open: patient and staff perceptions of sleep quality and quantity on an inpatient neurology unit. J Clin Sleep Med. 2024 Apr 01; 20(4):619-629.
PMID: 38063214

An Op-Ed Writing Curriculum for Medical Students to Engage in Advocacy Through Public Writing.
An Op-Ed Writing Curriculum for Medical Students to Engage in Advocacy Through Public Writing. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Feb 27.
PMID: 38413538

Availability of Long-Acting Injectable Buprenorphine at Substance Use Treatment Facilities in 2021.
Availability of Long-Acting Injectable Buprenorphine at Substance Use Treatment Facilities in 2021. JAMA. 2024 02 13; 331(6):524-526.
PMID: 38236586

The Design and Early Results of a Structured Longitudinal Training Program for Undergraduate Students to Increase Diversity in Aging-Research.
The Design and Early Results of a Structured Longitudinal Training Program for Undergraduate Students to Increase Diversity in Aging-Research. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 2024 Feb 06; 914150241231183.
PMID: 38321715

Association of pre-admission insomnia symptoms with objective in-hospital sleep and clinical outcomes among hospitalized patients.
Association of pre-admission insomnia symptoms with objective in-hospital sleep and clinical outcomes among hospitalized patients. J Clin Sleep Med. 2023 Dec 29.
PMID: 38156422

Patient-reported sleep and physical function during and after hospitalization.
Patient-reported sleep and physical function during and after hospitalization. Sleep Health. 2023 Dec 26.
PMID: 38151376

Sleeping with one cerebrum open: patient and staff perceptions of sleep quality and quantity on an inpatient neurology unit.
Sleeping with one cerebrum open: patient and staff perceptions of sleep quality and quantity on an inpatient neurology unit. J Clin Sleep Med. 2023 Dec 08.
PMID: 38063214

Temporal Trends in Childhood Household Income Among Medical School Applicants and Matriculants.
Temporal Trends in Childhood Household Income Among Medical School Applicants and Matriculants. JAMA. 2023 10 03; 330(13):1288.
PMID: 37787800

A crowdsourced campaign in IT optimization to improve ease of practice.
A crowdsourced campaign in IT optimization to improve ease of practice. J Hosp Med. 2023 12; 18(12):1144-1147.
PMID: 37753838

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John D Arnold Mentoring Award, Pritzker School of Medicine
2015

Association of Program Directors Internal Medicine Spotlight Innovator
2014

Biological Sciences Division Mentoring Award, University of Chicago
2013

Favorite Faculty Member, Pritzker School of Medicine Class of 2012
2012

Medical Resident Teaching Award, Internal Medicine Residency
2012

Favorite Faculty Member, Pritzker School of Medicine Class of 2011
2011

Master, Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, Pritzker School of Medicine
2011

Leader in General Medicine Award, Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine
2011

Research in Medical Education (RIME) Committee’s “Best Paper” Award, AAMC
2011

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better, Health Leaders Magazine
2011

Mid-career Mentoring Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
2011

American College of Physicians (ACP) Laureate Award, American College of Physicians
2010

3rd place Academy for Healthcare Improvement Award for Curricular Innovation, Annual AHI Meeting
2010

Inaugural Fellow, Society of Hospital Medicine
2009

Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians, American College of Physicians
2009

Top 10 Hospitalist of 2009, American College of Physicians Hospitalist Magazine
2009

Faculty Inductee, Alpha Omega Alpha, Beta Chapter, Pritzker School of Medicine
2009

Favorite Faculty Member, Pritzker School of Medicine Class of 2009
2009

Department of Medicine Excellence in Medical Education and Clinical Care
2009

Favorite Faculty Member, Pritzker School of Medicine Class of 2008
2008

Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators, Pritzker School of Medicine
2008

Fellowship, American College of Physicians
2008

New Investigator Award, American Geriatrics Society
2008

Excellence in Hospital Medicine Research Award, Society of Hospital Medicine
2007

Hartford Geriatrics Health Outcomes Research Scholars Award
2006

Best Research Poster Award, Society of Hospital Medicine
2006

Special Advocacy Award, American College of Physicians
2006

Innovation in Medical Education Award, Mid-West Society of General Internal Medicine
2006

Faculty Research Award for Health Services Research, Department of Medicine Research Day, University
2006

Research Abstract Award Winner, Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine
2005

Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
2005 - 2006

Quality Excellence Award (for Best Methodology), University of Chicago Quality Fair
2005

Best Faculty Research Abstract Award, Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine
2004

Honors, Dartmouth Fall Invitational Clinical Microsystems Conference Film Festival
2003

Winner, National Clinical Vignette Competition,American College of Physicians
2001

Infectious Disease Scholarship Award to Graduating Resident, University of Chicago
2001

Senior Resident Award, University of Chicago
2001

Dean's Fellowship, Irving B Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
2001

Paul R. Eisenberg Award, American College of Physicians
1998

Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Johns Hopkins University
1994

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Institutional Teaching or Research Awards