Yanina Purim-Shem-Tov, MD, MS, FACEP

Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician, Faculty, Researcher, Senior Medical Director
Joined Rush in July 2002


I graduated from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1998. I completed my emergency medicine residency at Cook County Hospital, and, in 2002, I began full-time employment at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC). I completed the Master’s Program in Clinical Research in 2006. My master’s thesis, a published manuscript, focused on patients with chest pain, who were admitted to the Emergency Department Observation Unit. Presently, I am a Senior Medical Director at the Department of Emergency Medicine at RUMC. I am an NIH-supported researcher, clinician, and educator. I have numerous publications in the field of Emergency Medicine.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I like that my field is fast-paced, diverse in its scope and procedure-oriented. It offers numerous challenges and rewards in terms of patient care.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I love working at Rush. It is an academic place, where I have a variety of responsibilities: clinical, teaching, administrative and research.

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

Everyone should have one of more mentors to guide them; it is equally as important to have a sponsor, who can advance your career.

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

Emergency medicine is a field that fits certain types of personalities: quick thinkers, decision makers, and multi-taskers. It is a very rewarding field, but it requires complete commitment.

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

What I like most is spending time with my family and traveling.