Residency training at NorthShore University HealthSystem occurs at Evanston, Glenbrook, and Skokie hospitals.  The hospitals share a common medical staff, management staff and board of directors.

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Together, Evanston, Glenbrook, and Skokie hospitals have over 600 beds, including 200 internal medicine beds. We care for close to 30,000 inpatients and 200,000 outpatients annually. Emergency room visits account for an additional 72,000 patients each year. Our occupancy rate - averaging 82% - provides a rich mix of clinical challenges and learning opportunities. Approximately 40% of our patients are Medicare, 50% are HMO/PPO/managed care, and 10% are Medicaid or other. The Department of Medicine is comprised of 15 divisions with over 600 teaching attending physicians.

Program Leadership

Theodore Mazzone, MD, FACP
Chair, Department of Medicine
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr Mazzone joined NorthShore as the Louise W Coon Chair of the Department of Medicine in 2011.  He received his MD from Northwestern University in 1977, served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA and was Senior Fellow in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University of Washington. Prior to joining NS Dr Mazzone held faculty and/or senior administrative positions at the University of Chicago, Rush Medical College and the University of Illinois. Dr Mazzone has served in numerous national leadership positions for the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association and is nationally recognized for his work in the vascular complications of diabetes and the metabolic complications of obesity.

Liza G. Icayan, MD, FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Dr. Icayan completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of California - Davis in 1993 and served as Chief Resident from 1993-1994. She practiced primary care at the University of California - Davis Medical Center and remained involved in medical student and residency education before moving to Chicago and joining the NorthShore University HealthSystem in 1997. In 2001, she became Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, serving until 2011. She additionally served as Transitional Year Program Director from 2004-2011 and has been Program Director for Internal Medicine since 2011. A recipient of multiple teaching awards, her primary passions include all aspects of medical education and mentorship. Other interests and scholarly activity include curriculum development, electronic health record enhancement, resident evaluation and faculty development. In her free time, she is an avid musician.

Shashi K. Bellam, MD, FCCP, FACP
Program Director, Transitional Year
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Bellam graduated medical school from the University of Alabama – Birmingham in 1997 and completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Alabama Hospitals before a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Chicago which he completed in 2003.  He joined NorthShore at that time and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Pritzker School of Medicine of the University of Chicago.  He was appointed the Transitional Year Program Director and the Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director in 2011.  His current clinical and research interests include the development of the critical care ultrasound program at NorthShore and serving as the local principle investigator for multicenter trials of novel therapies for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  He enjoys medical education and has been actively involved in resident and student training throughout his time at NorthShore.  In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.

William B. Seiden, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Dr. Seiden graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in 1990 and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in 1993. Following his residency, Dr. Seiden stayed on at Lutheran General as core teaching faculty serving as preceptor in the integrated Attending/Housestaff continuity clinic for the next decade. In 2003, Dr. Seiden joined NorthShore as a primary care physician and both inpatient and outpatient educator while serving as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and site director for Glenbrook Hospital. Throughout his career, Dr. Seiden has devoted much energy to medical education both in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He is passionate about teaching medical decision making, evidence-based medicine, and clinical approach to the patient. Outside of work, Dr. Seiden enjoys spending time with his family, kayaking, and downhill skiing. He also is a wine enthusiast and avid University of Michigan football fan.

Catherine Glunz, MD
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Glunz graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1998 and completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago in 2002. After completing residency, Dr. Glunz stayed on at University of Chicago to work both as a clinician and as the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program for the next decade. In 2013, Dr. Glunz joined NorthShore. Since her arrival at NorthShore, she has worked an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her work as an APD, she acts as the Medical Director of the NorthShore Community Health Center and oversees the Internal Medicine Residency Continuity Clinic experience. Throughout her career, she has focused on resident medical education and is very passionate about this topic. When outside of the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors.

Henish Bhansali, MD, FACP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Henish Bhansali grew up in Chicago. He graduated medical school from the University of Illinois in Chicago, after which he completed his internal medicine residency at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He then joined the staff at Washington University where he directed the Global Health Scholars in Medicine Program as well as their readmission clinic – the Stay Healthy Clinic. He subsequently joined NorthShore as an attending physician in the Department of Internal Medicine, and is currently the Associate Director of the NorthShore Community Health Center (the residency continuity clinic) as well as an Associate Program Director. In his free time, he enjoys playing Texas Hold’em, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Chief Residents 2014-2015

Jamee Castillo, MD
Jon Daniels, MD
Alina Elperin, MD
Beth Ward, MD

Division Heads

Cardiology
Jorge F. Saucedo MD, FACC, MBA
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Post-Graduate Training: Instituto Nacional de Nutricion [Internal Medicine], Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia [Cardiology], University of Michigan Hospitals [Interventional Cardiology], Washington Hospital Center [Interventional Cardiology]
Dr. Saucedo is an Interventional Cardiologist with 20 years of experience in his field and has more than one hundred publications. He is the Co-Director of the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute and holds the Allstate Foundation/Judson B. Branch Chair of Cardiology.

Combined Division of Hematology/Oncology
Bruce Brockstein, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Post-Graduate Training: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania [Internal Medicine], University of Chicago Medical Center [Hematology/Oncology]
Dr. Brockstein is the Director of the Kellogg Cancer Care Center, and the Division Head of Hematology/Oncology.  He specializes in medical oncology focused on head and neck cancers, sarcomas and melanomas, and is the editor and an author for the Head and neck Cancer Section for UpToDate.

Dermatology
Bernhard J. Ortel, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Vienna Medical School
Post-Graduate Training: Newton-Wellesley Hospital [Departments of Medicine and Surgery], University of Chicago [Section of Dermatology]
Dr. Ortel attended Medical School at the University of Vienna, Austria, where he also received his residency training. During his residency in Vienna and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Wellman Laboratories at Harvard he conducted research in photodermatology and photosensitization. In 1994 he took a research position at MGH/Harvard Medical School and performed basic research in photodynamic therapy. Dr. Ortel then decided to shift his career back to clinical medicine. He was on staff at the University of Chicago after his dermatology residency until 2012 when he accepted the position as the Head of the Dermatology Division at NorthShore. He enjoys complex medical dermatology cases and surgical dermatology. He focuses on photodermatology, which includes photon-induced skin diseases and photon-based therapeutics, including phototherapy, lasers, and photodynamic therapy. Dr. Ortel has well over 100 medical and research publications.

Emergency Medicine
Morris S. Kharasch, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Post-Graduate Training: Northwestern University Medical School [Emergency Medicine]
Dr. Kharasch serves as the Research Director and Education Director for the Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation as well as a Board Member of the Medical Group.  He is president-elect of the Professional Staff at NorthShore.

Endocrinology
Pauline Shipley, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center
Post-Graduate Training: Northwestern University Medical School [Internal Medicine], University of Illinois College of Medicine [Endocrinology]
Dr. Shipley provides care for patients with diabetes, thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, adrenal disease and all endocrinology.

Gastroenterology
Jay Goldstein, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago College of Medicine
Post-Graduate Training: University of Illinois Hospital [Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology]
Dr. Goldstein is the Division Head of Gastroenterology and Vice Chairman of Medicine. He was formerly Professor of Medicine and Vice Head for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. Dr. Goldstein has developed a strong interest in outcomes research and has been director of an annual program co-sponsored by the Gastroenterological Research Group and the American Gastroenterological Association entitled “Methodologies in Healthcare Outcomes in Gastroenterology” which met for 14 years until 2010 and enrolled over 1000 participants. Over the past 20-30 years, Dr. Goldstein has also devoted a great deal of time serving as a primary mentor and advisor to over 150 medical students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, over 100 internal medicine residents and over 50 fellows in gastroenterology. Since leaving the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Goldstein has assumed the position of Division Head of Gastroenterology and oversees a newly developed fellowship in Gastroenterology. In addition, he has assumed the leadership of the Department of Medicine Resident Evaluation Committee.

Genetics
Peter Hulick, MD, MMSc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Post-Graduate Training: Mayo Clinic/St. Luke’s Hospital [Internal Medicine], Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston [Medical Genetics]
Dr. Hulick completed his clinical medical genetics residency at Harvard Medical School where his clinical concentrations included connective tissue diseases such as Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome while also maintaining a general genetics clinic.  During his medical genetics residency, he graduated with a masters in medical science degree from the Harvard Medical Scholars in Clinical Science program.  His current clinical interests, in addition to general genetic syndromes, include connective tissue disease, cardiovascular, and cancer genetics. Current research activities include studies that identify and measure the influences of our genes on health and how to effectively manage these risks. He is also active in leading efforts to incorporate genomic information and testing into the NorthShore University HealthSystem.

General Internal Medicine
Howard Vernof, MD, FACP]
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Chicago Medical School/Finch University of Health
Post-Graduate Training: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University/Evanston Hospital [Internal Medicine
Dr. Vernof is a Senior Attending physician at NorthShore and provides care for patients in the Evanston medical group practice as the lead physician. He coordinates the ambulatory care resident rotation for his group.

Geriatric Medicine
Victoria Braund, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: University of North Dakota
Post-Graduate Training: University of North Dakota [Internal Medicine], University of Chicago [Geriatric Medicine]
Dr. Braund maintains an active clinical practice and is a teacher of Geriatrics in both the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residencies at NorthShore. She is also a certified medical director of Mather LifeWays, an Evanston-based not-for-profit group of senior living communities. Her clinical interests include aging well, memory loss, end of life care, and transitioning seniors and their families through various levels of care in the community.

Infectious Diseases
Jeffery D. Semel, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Post Graduate Training: Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center [Infectious Diseases]
Dr. Semel cares for patients with infectious diseases and serves on many committees including the Infection Control Committee. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Nephrology
Stuart M. Sprague, DO, FACP, FASN, FNKF
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Michigan State University
Residency Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
Post-Graduate Training: University of Chicago [Nephrology]
Dr. Sprague currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at NorthShore University HealthSystem.  He is internationally recognized in the field of bone and mineral metabolism, having authored over 180 peer reviewed articles, and spoken at numerous national and international professional meetings, previously served as the chairperson of the medical advisory board of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, the education committee of the American Society of Nephrology, the program committee of the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology.  He currently is a member of the leadership committee of the Global Bone and Mineral Initiative, an international scientific organization under the auspices of the National Kidney Foundation and European Renal Association to evaluate the diagnosis and management of bone, mineral and cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease.  He is on the editorial board of several prominent Nephrology journals, a reviewer for the NIH, served as chairperson for the Technical Expert Panel on mineral metabolism for CMS and serves as a scientific consultant to industry.  He maintains an active clinical practice in metabolic bone disease and nephrolithiasis as well as clinical nephrology.

Palliative Care
Michael Marschke, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Post-Graduate Training: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern Univeristy [Internal Medicine]
Dr. Marschke has been in hospice and palliative care since 1992. He received his MD from the University of Chicago in 1986 and did his residency in General Internal Medicine at Northwestern University. In 1989 he started a Primary Care Practice in Chicago, which he left in 2010. He has served as Medical Director of Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care and helped start the Palliative Care Program at University of Chicago prior to coming to NorthShore in 2011. While here, he has worked to create a new Advance Care Planning process and a new home-based palliative care program. Besides raising his two children, he enjoys mission work in Africa and supporting Notre Dame football.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Joseph T. Alleva, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Post-Graduate Training: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago [Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation], Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine [Spine and Sports Medicine]
Dr. Alleva cares for patients with spine related conditions including the use of electrophysiologic studies and advanced pain management procedures.

Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Daniel Ray, MD, FACP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Medical School: Washington University
Post-Graduate Training: U. Pennsylvania [Internal Medicine], University of Chicago [Pulmonary and Critical Care]
Dr. Ray is an expert in clinical Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with a focus on thoracic oncology, lung cancer screening, and medical education. He has won multiple awards for medical education and is the Director of the Glenbrook ICU.

Rheumatology
James Grober, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine, 1983
Post-Graduate Training: Yale-New Haven Hospital [Internal Medicine], University of Michigan Medical Center [Rheumatology]
Dr. Grober specializes in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and gout.

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