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Chicago Area Schweitzer Advisory Council

For more information about this program please contact:

Karol Dean
Program Director, Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship

Christina Esparza-Cassidy
Schweitzer Fellows Program Coordinator

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Chicago Area Schweitzer Advisory Council

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The Chicago Area Schweitzer Advisory Council guides the local Schweitzer Fellowship Program, helping to decide its direction, determining criteria for selection of new Fellows, assisting with recruitment, and serving as a resource for Fellows.  It is made up of university faculty and administrators, health and social service professionals, and former Fellows.

Schweitzer Advisory Council

Founding Chair
Quentin D. Young, MD

Advisory Council Chair
Ray Mendez, MD, MA
MiMedico, Founding Physician
Board of Directors, Health & Medicine
Physician, Emergency Physicians Medical Group
Faculty, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Council Members

David Ansell, MD, MP
Senior Vice President & Associate Provost for Community Health Equity
Rush University

Claudia Baier, MPH
Senior Program Officer
VNA Foundation

François Blumenfeld-Kouchner, MA, PhD, DO
Palliative Physician for WI Central Region
Advocate Aurora Health

Raymond Curry, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Misty G. Drake, AM
Project Director
Floyd Medical Center

Sue Etminan, DMD, MPH
Dental Director
Miles Square Health Center

Caswell A. Evans, DDS, MPH
Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Science
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Bonnie Ewald, MA
Associate Director, Center for Health and Social Care Integration Program Manager, Strategic Development and Policy, Social Work and Community Health
Rush University Medical Center

Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD
Attending Physician
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

JoAnn Gruca, RN, PhD
Professor Emeritus
St. Xavier University School of Nursing

Eva Hernandez-Thomas, MSN
Behavioral Health Community Researcher
Healthcare Alternative Systems

Rohan D. Jeremiah, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences
University of Illinois School of Public Health

Kohar Jones, MD
Family Physician
Heartland Alliance Health

Sarah Kasprowicz, MD
Medical Dermatologist
Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago

Claire H. Kohrman, PhD
Medical & Community Sociologist (retired)
University of Chicago; Westside Health Authority

Diane M. Kondratowicz, PhD
Unit Adjunct Faculty & Co-Instructional Coordinator
Elgin Community College

Edwin K. McDonald IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition
Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Robert C. McKersie, MD
Family Medicine Physician
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Sonia P. Oyola, MD, ABOIM
Integrative Family Physician & Director, Family Medicine M3 and M4 Clerkships
Heartland Health Centers; Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Rajesh Parikh, MD, MPH
Vice President, Clinical Services and Workforce Development
Illinois Primary Health Care Association

Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN
Associate Dean of Students
Associate Professor
Rush University College of Nursing

Steven Rothschild, MD
Professor and Chair
Rush University Medical Center

Abigail Sivan, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Patrick D. Smith, DMD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Illinois, College of Dentistry

Shirley Stephenson, NP
Advanced Practice Nurse
Rush University Medical Center

Harvey Wigdor, DDS, MS
University of Illinois College of Dentistry

Sandra P. Wilks, RN, MSN, CNE
Michael Reese Research & Education Foundation, Women’s Health Program