Alumn of the Month
This month we are profiling Steven Gitelis, MD '75. Dr. Gitelis is a Professor and Vice Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery. His numerous appointments at Rush University Medical center also include Chief of Surgery and Endowed Chair. The following is an excerpt from an interview with Dr. Gitelis.
Have you been at Rush your entire career?
I began medical school in 1972 in a full-time, three-year program. I completed my residency in orthopedic surgery at Rush from 1975 to 1980, followed by one orthopedic oncology fellowship in Italy and one at the Mayo Clinic. I joined the Rush Medical Staff in 1981 to create an orthopedic cancer program, which has grown these past 30 years and now represents the largest program in the city of Chicago. I also served in the Navy and was sent to the National Naval Medical Center during the Persian Gulf War in 1990 for seven months.
Rush opened the Tower hospital facility in 2012. How do you feel the Tower has changed academics and what opportunities does it give to our students?
Medicine is going to be technology driven and the new Tower is a living example. Rush students are exposed to technology early in their training. The Tower also opened the one of the largest emergency departments in the city. It brings in an enormous number of patients and there has been huge growth in emergency services. [...]The Tower has been an enormous advance.
Why do you believe alumni should stay connected to Rush?
It’s a matter of loyalty. Rush offers alumni so many networking opportunities. By maintaining their connections, alumni have opportunities to connect with colleagues in their fields and promote their own careers. It’s also nice to come back to Rush and see all of the physical changes over 40 years. The Tower that opened in 2012 has received many hospital awards and is considered one of the finest in the world [...] alumni should be very proud.
Would you like to connect with an alumus?
If you're currently a student at Rush University and interested in having an informational interview with an alumnus or alumna working either in a field of research, speciality, hospital, or part of the country you're interested in knowing more about, contact the Office of Student Life or Elysse Longiotti directly.
An informational interview is a great opportunity to speak with professionals in your area of interest, during which you can ask questions about their experiences. It is a great way to research your career and get insight from an expert! We'll work with Alumni and Philanthropy to connect you with an alumnus and help develop your networking skills.