Social determinants of health, burnout and self-care

If you attended or watched last week’s Grand Rounds given by Dr. Robert Wallace from the College of Public Health, you would have learned that we had been losing ground in the United States when it comes to life expectancy even before COVID-19 appeared. The reason for this comes back again and again to social […]

Momentum propels the new academic year

And then, in a rush, it’s July already. Welcome to the last half of calendar 2021, the new fiscal year, and a new academic year. Yesterday was our interns’ first day on the job as freshly minted doctors. I am already hearing reports from faculty on just how impressed they are with our newest members. […]

Juneteenth and our commitment to equity and inclusion

Tomorrow is Juneteenth. Earlier this week, both houses of Congress voted by wide bipartisan margins to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Yesterday, President Biden signed this into law. This decision recognizes that to build a better tomorrow it is important to acknowledge the stains of the past and to use the lessons of history to […]

Celebrating the future and reflecting on the past

At the beginning of the year I mentioned that I would be watching numbers in The Loop, and not only has our Fully Vaccinated Employees number grown well past an amazing 15,200, but the number of inpatients with COVID-19 has been hovering in the single digits and even briefly turning zero for most of the […]

Leaders: Young, old and in-between

In reflecting on our journey during this last pandemic year, I have been gratified to see so many of our colleagues step into or expand their leadership roles, working extra hours, lending your expertise and voice to public messaging, or working behind the scenes to ensure a safe environment for staff and patients. Leadership within University […]

Our Medicine family and our intergenerational impact

This has been a challenging week for us. As we processed the news of the sudden and unexpected loss of one of our own, I have been heartened by and reminded of the supportive community we are privileged to be a part of. As we mourn the loss of Dr. Dale Bieber, social media comments […]


The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed most of us hard into a virtual environment and in this landscape our department and many of our faculty have become or continue to be “Influencers.” It would have been hard to imagine someone listing “improve video conferencing skills” as one of their goals at the beginning of 2020, but […]

Our commitment to serving our patients and community

Many of the stories that I share in these posts focus on our research and education missions. The faculty and trainees in our department exemplify a can-do spirit and commitment to innovation that makes these stories easy to find and to tell. However, our clinical mission occupies the majority of the effort of our faculty, […]

Reflections in the afterglow of the 2021 match

It is always a nice feeling when you set your expectations high and still have them exceeded. That is what happened on last Friday’s Match Day, when we welcomed to Internal Medicine one of our most accomplished classes in recent memory. Our Vice Chair for Education and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Dr. Manish Suneja and I revealed some […]

We support our Asian community

It is a disheartening reality that I must write to you again about racism. The Department of Internal Medicine affirms our full support and concern for members of our Asian and Asian American community, including those of Pacific Islander and Pan Asian descent (AAPI). The shocking killings in Atlanta targeting women and Asians have shaken […]