Department of Internal Medicine Areas of Expertise

The Department of Internal Medicine is home to 12 highly respected divisions. Each one is dedicated to providing innovative medical care of the highest quality to our patients. Through our divisions, our research and educational programs identify and train the next leaders of medicine. In addition, our community service programs foster relationships with other hospitals and communities in the Chicago area, leading to healthier lives here and across the nation, now and in the future. 

Divisions

Allergy & Immunology

The Division of Allergy & Immunology at Rush University Medical Center, led by Dr. Mary Tobin, is a premiere program for both clinical care and translation research. The Division is focused on high quality patient care and incorporating this into excellent patient outcomes and groundbreaking clinical research.

Cardiology

The Division of Cardiology, which ranks as one of the nation’s top 50 programs according to U.S. News & World Report, is led by Kim Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, the James B. Herrick Professor of Medicine, who was named the president of the American College of Cardiology in 2015. Rush’s modern, 28-bed coronary intensive care unit is one of the largest in Chicago.

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Digestive diseases and nutrition

The Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, led by Ali Keshavarzian, MD, is a patient-centered, fellow-centered program grounded by translational research. The division’s clinician-driven research approach has led to exciting breakthroughs at Rush, including discoveries linking compromised intestinal barrier function to neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease; linking disruption of circadian rhythms to compromised intestinal barrier function in chronic inflammation like inflammatory bowel disease, alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease, obesity and metabolic syndrome, and colon cancer; linking abnormal intestinal microbiota to diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, colon and breast cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic liver disease.

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Endocrinology and metabolism

For years, endocrinologists at Rush have earned a reputation for providing excellent care for patients with diabetes and other metabolic diseases through the medical center’s award-winning diabetes center. The division is led by Brian Kim, MD.

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General internal medicine

Led by Daniel Dunham, MD, MPH, the Division of General Medicine is the backbone of the Department of Internal Medicine’s strong clinical focus on evidence-based medicine as well as its highly respected educational programs.

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Geriatrics, gerontology and palliative medicine

The Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine, led by Anthony Perry, MD, is widely recognized as one of the top programs locally and nationally for its clinical and research excellence. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranks Rush as one of the top 20 geriatrics program in the country.

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Hematology, oncology and cell therapy

Rush is recognized as a leader in delivering patient-focused, team-based cancer treatment, which has helped it earn a position among the top 50 cancer programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. The division is led by Timothy Kuzel, MD, professor of medicine.

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Hospital medicine

The Division of Hospital Medicine has greatly expanded the role of hospitalists and nocturnists at Rush to provide patient-centric care in an environment that will reward value and the patient experience. To that end, the division has implemented several initiatives designed to improve safety, quality, value and, ultimately, patient care. Division chief Suparna Dutta, MD, MPH and her faculty are helping to bend the cost curve — and improve the value of patient care. In addition, there is a huge focus on educating students and residents about the core competencies of hospital medicine.

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Infectious diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases at Rush, directed by Gordon Trenholme, MD,the James Lowenstine Professor of Internal Medicine, has been a cornerstone of the Department of Internal Medicine for decades. The division is known for its excellence in clinical care, education and research.

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Nephrology

For decades, nephrologists at Rush have advanced our understanding of kidney disease and transformed how clinicians care for patients here and abroad. Rush is home to specialized clinics for kidney transplant patients, as well as individuals with diabetic kidney disease, glomerular diseases, renal stones and anemia due to kidney disease. The Division of Nephrology and Nephrology Transplantation is directed by Vasil Peev, MD. Education also is a strength, and division faculty have earned eight teaching awards from the Department of Internal Medicine.

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Pulmonary and critical care medicine

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, led by Robert Balk, MD, the J. Bailey Carter, MD, Professor of Medicine, has an excellent clinical and academic reputation and a highly sought-after fellowship training program. The division provides highly specialized care in several comprehensive subspecialty clinics, including the interstitial lung disease clinic, pulmonary nodule clinic, pulmonary hypertension clinic, difficult-to-treat asthma clinic and adult cystic fibrosis clinic.

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Rheumatology

For decades, the Division of Rheumatology, led by Joel Block, MD, the Willard L. Wood, MD, Professor of Rheumatology, has been known for its expertise in osteoarthritis and cartilage biology. More recently, the division also has earned recognition for expertise in inflammatory and immunological diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

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