Elaine Chen, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Faculty, Clinician
Joined Rush in 7/1/2005 (resident); 8/1/2012 (faculty)


I am a faculty member in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Palliative Medicine. I completed medical school, my Internal Medicine residency and the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at Rush. I completed the Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern. My areas of clinical & academic interest are at the intersection of palliative care and critical care or pulmonary medicine.

What inspired you to get into your field?

My mentors, throughout my training, have encouraged me and challenged me to seek out my specific areas of personal interest. I love the detail and complexity of Critical Care and the humanistic aspects of Palliative Care.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

The people I work with at Rush. My colleagues, trainees, and patients are the best part of my job.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Mentoring is absolutely essential to growing as a professional.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Seek what you love.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I love playing volleyball and exploring Chicago.