Program Leadership

Braden Hexom, MD

Braden Hexom

Program Director

Braden Hexom, MD, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. During his residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, he developed expertise in global health working in Liberia, Haiti, Guatemala, and Honduras. He was associate director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights, a comprehensive medical clinic for survivors of torture based at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. Hexom was the Emergency Medicine clerkship director at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and in 2014 became the department’s System Director for undergraduate medical education. He joined the Rush faculty in 2016 as its first Emergency Medicine program director. His research interests are in medical education, program development, simulation and human rights.

Scott Heinrich, MD

Scott Heinrich

Associate Program Director

Scott Heinrich, MD, is an emergency physician and associate director of the emergency medicine residency program at Rush University Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and earned his medical degree from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency. He was education director at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago for four and a half years while also serving as the associate residency director for the University of Illinois at Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency. Heinrich is currently the associate program director for the first new emergency medicine residency program in Chicago in more than 20 years. His research interests are in medical education, and clinical efficiency.

Kasia Gore, MD

Kasia Gore

Assistant Program Director

Although originally from Poland, Kasia Gore, MD has lived and breathed Chicago most of her life. She did travel quite far for medical school, making central Illinois her home for 4 years while attending the University of Illinois in Peoria. Gore then came back to the Chicago area for residency at Advocate Christ. Rush became her home straight out of residency and it has been an amazing place to grow, learn and work with some fantastic people. Her career interests focus on medical education both at medical student and resident level. She teaches preclinical medical students, and was appointed Assistant Program Director in 2018.


Sara Hock, MD

Sara Hock

Director of Residency Simulation

Sara Hock, MD graduated from University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency and the Cook County/Rush Simulation fellowship. She is an avid simulationist and likes developing new challenges for all levels of resident learners, and the opportunity for hands on teaching and learning in the simulation lab. Hock’s research interests involve evaluation of procedural skills in attending physicians and developing new ways of demonstrating and assessing procedural proficiency.

Michael Gottlieb, MD

Michael Gottlieb

Director of Emergency Ultrasound

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS, is the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Rush University Medical Center, as well as co-creator and Chief Operating Officer for the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, is a peer-reviewer for 14 journals, Associate Editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Social Media Editor for Academic Emergency Medicine, Editor-in-Chief for the ALiEM Board Review e-book, and a nationally-recognized speaker. His academic interests include resident education, with a focus on ultrasound and procedural training.

Henry Swoboda

Director of Emergency Toxicology

Henry Swoboda MD, is director of medical toxicology and co-director of the Substance Use Intervention Team at Rush. He is faculty in the Rush emergency medicine residency, Rush addiction medicine fellowship, and Toxikon Consortium medical toxicology fellowship. He hails from Wisconsin but took a hiatus to the east coast where he attended Amherst college, Brown medical school, and the Albert Einstein Medical Center emergency medicine residency in Philly. He returned to the Midwest to complete toxicology fellowship at the Toxikon Consortium and has been practicing in the Rush emergency department, addiction clinic, and inpatient consult setting since then.  Dr. Swoboda is excited to be practicing and teaching at Rush, the site of the nation’s first poison control center!