University of Illinois College of Medicine

The University of Illinois College of Medicine offers a four-year program leading to the MD degree at four different sites in Illinois: Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and formerly Urbana–Champaign. The Urbana–Champaign site stopped accepting new students after Fall 2016 to make room for the newly established Carle Illinois College of Medicine.[1]

In 2011, enrollment of medical students in the University of Illinois system totaled 1,290 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.[2]

University of Illinois College of Medicine
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EstablishedSeptember 26, 1882
Parent institution
University of Illinois at Chicago
DeanMark I. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA
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The College of Medicine, originally an independent institution, opened on September 26, 1882 as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago (P&S)[3] with 100 students and a faculty of 30. Five years later, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois approved a contract of affiliation whereby the university would lease P&S as its Department of Medicine. The arrangement continued until 1912 when there was a nine-month hiatus in the affiliation due to a lack of legislative support. It was only after the faculty and alumni of P&S bought up all shares of the school's stock and presented them to the Board of Trustees as a gift that the school officially became the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois in March 1913.[4]

In the late 1800s, although six medical schools were already in existence, five physicians: Charles Warrington Earle, Abraham Reeves Jackson, Daniel Atkinson King Steele, Samuel McWilliams and Leonard St. John—decided to open their own proprietary medical school. They pooled together $5,541.78, purchased a piece of land and secured a certificate of incorporation. The new school, located on Harrison and Honore streets, was named the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago (commonly referred to as P&S). Its doors opened on Sept. 26, 1882, with a class of 100 students and a faculty of 27 physicians.

At the West Side Free Dispensary, located on the first floor of the medical school, students in small groups could observe pathological cases and their treatment. Patients were classified according to the affected area or system of the body: heart, lungs, eyes, ears, skin or nervous system. The dispensary also furnished material for college clinics in medicine, surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, neurology and pediatrics. In its first three years, the dispensary registered 20,353 patients and dispensed 17,347 prescriptions. In 1913, after years of negotiations, the P&S faculty and alumni donated stock to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees to establish the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In 1970, the Illinois legislature voted to expand the college to three additional sites: Peoria, Rockford and Urbana. Their purpose was to provide access to care for all citizens in the state and increase opportunities for Illinois residents to attend medical school.

Present status

The College of Medicine has a faculty of approximately 4,000 across the four sites.

The surrounding health science center, of which the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is a part, also comprises the University of Illinois Medical Center, the colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Applied Health Sciences, and the School of Public Health.[5]


Chicago Campus Located in one of the world’s largest medical districts, medical students on the Chicago campus get early clinical experience. All students accompany physicians on rounds and learn to take patient histories starting in their first year. Fifty-three residency programs are available.

In addition to serving as the Chicago program site, the Chicago campus of the College of Medicine is the administrative home for the dean and all other college-wide officers. Located on the Near West Side, the college is part of the University of Illinois Medical Center, which includes the colleges of Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the School of Public Health.

The College of Medicine's Chicago campus sits on a plot of land once occupied by West Side Park, the former home of the Chicago Cubs.

Peoria Campus In Peoria, first through fourth-year students get clinical experience at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Illinois - the busiest pediatric hospital in central Illinois - Pekin Hospital, and Proctor Community Hospital.[6]

Rockford Campus The Rockford campus includes the Center for Rural Health Professions, which works to improve health and healthcare in rural communities. Rockford teaches first through fourth year medical students and offers a family medicine residency program.[7]

Urbana Campus This campus will be closed in 2022 to make room for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. This extension is on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois and offers student education and research opportunities that includes collaboration with colleagues across campus. Urbana also hosts the dual-degree Medical Scholars Program.[8]


The College of Medicine offers a Doctor of Medicine degree program (M.D.), a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in the medical sciences, and three joint degree programs: MD/PhD, MD/MPH, and MD/MBA.

  • The MD curriculum of the College of Medicine at Chicago is the largest of the college's programs. It provides instruction in basic and clinical sciences and early exposure to patients. The curriculum stresses rational decision making and clinical problem solving based on an understanding of the basic biological, physical, and behavioral sciences; thus the integration of basic and clinical sciences is emphasized throughout the program.[9]
  • Innovative Medicine, Urban Medicine, Rural Medicine, and Global Medicine Program for Medical Students. The College also offers an Innovative Medicine Program, Urban Medicine Program, Rural Medicine Program, and Global Medicine Program programs to accepted students. Each of these programs provide an extended curriculum and longitudinal community project opportunities to medical students throughout all four years of medical school that focus on four main themes such as: Disparities in Health Care Access and Outcomes, Community Based-Participatory Research, Diversity and Intercultural Communications, Policy and Advocacy, and more (Global Medicine, Rural Medicine, or Urban Medicine).
  • In addition to a traditional medical program, the College of Medicine offers two physician-scientist training programs: the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in Chicago, an NIH-funded program that offers full tuition benefits and a stipend to the awarded students, and the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) in Urbana-Champaign.

Reputation and rankings

Among the school's alumni are : U.S. Representative James A. McDermott, ’63, and Olga Jonasson, ’58, a pioneer in kidney transplantation.[10]

  • 1 in 6 Illinois physicians are trained at the University of Illinois [11]
  • UI College of Medicine is ranked #25 by the NIH ranking based on amount of funding.[11]
  • UI College of Medicine is currently ranked #50 among research based medical schools in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report.[12]
  • UI College of medicine ranks #1 for Hispanic graduates and #5 for African American graduates according to the “Top 100 Producers” ranking for 2008, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.[13]
  • UI College of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for enrollment of Hispanic medical students according to the "Top 25 Medical School Enrolling Hispanics" ranking.[14]
  • UI College of Medicine is currently ranked within the “top 10 medical schools for Hispanic students” by the Hispanic Business Magazine 2013.[15]
  • UI College of Medicine is currently the third largest medical school in the country. Its 1,351 students hail from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds serving as a vast network of future leaders in health care and medicine.[10][16][17]
  • 75 residencies are available in a wide variety of fields on the four campuses. From emergency medicine in Chicago to family practice in Peoria, internal medicine in Urbana, and rural medicine in Rockford, students can choose from a wide variety of specialties.
  • The College’s faculty conducts groundbreaking research in many fields. Advancements include the development of a vaccine against prostate cancer, transplantation of pancreatic islet cells to cure Type I diabetes and more.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

See also


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Cesare Gianturco

Cesare Gianturco (February 12, 1905 – August 25, 1995) was an Italian-American physician and one of the earliest contributors to the specialty of interventional radiology. After many years as the radiology chief at the Carle Clinic in Illinois and a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Gianturco moved to Houston, where he conducted research at MD Anderson Hospital.

Several medical innovations bear his name, including an early coronary stent, a wool coil that could be deployed inside blood vessels to stop bleeding, and a filter to trap blood clots in the venous system before they reached the heart.

Deborah S. Cummins

Deborah S. Cummins, Ph.D. is an American bioethicist. She is the director of research and scientific affairs at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.She has been a voting member of the U.S. Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, and was a member of adjunct faculty in the Medical Humanities Program, Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the Ethical Force Program at the American Medical Association and Senior Program Manager at the National Patient Safety Foundation.

Effie Ellis

Dr. Effie O'Neal Ellis (June 15, 1913- July 5, 1994) was a North Side Chicago pediatrician, child medical care consultant, and an activist for infant health and maternal education. Ellis was the first African American woman to hold an executive position in the American Medical Association. In 1989, Ellis was inducted to the Chicago Women’s Hall of Fame for her efforts in improving the lives of the black community and helping to lower infant mortality rates.

Emil J. Freireich

Emil J Freireich (born 1927) is a cancer biologist recognized as a pioneer in the treatment of cancer and use of chemotherapy.

In 2014, he was honored as a Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research. He is currently employed as the Ruth Harriet Ainsworth Chair, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of Adult Leukemia Research Program, and Director of Special Medical Education Programs, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has been at MD Anderson since 1965.He earned his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1949.

Emil J. Freireich Jr.

Emil J. Freireich, Jr. was on the team that first cured a cancer patient. The American Association for Cancer Research refers to him (and his colleagues) as "pioneers in the true sense". He currently works at MD Anderson Cancer Center as chair, developmental therapeutics.Education:

1949 University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, MD, (with honors), Medicine

1947 University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, BS, Medicine

Lennard J. Davis

Lennard J. Davis, a nationally and internationally known American specialist in disability studies, is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Arts and Sciences, and also Professor of Disability and Human Development in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Professor of Medical Education in the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

He is also director of Project Biocultures, a think-tank devoted to studying the intersection of culture, medicine, disability, biotechnology, and the biosphere. His current interests include disability-related issues; literary and cultural theory; genetics, race, identity; and biocultural issues.

He received degrees of B.A., M.A., and M.Phil. at Columbia University, and a PhD. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature in 1976. His dissertation director was Edward Said.

List of baseball parks in Chicago

This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in Chicago. The information is a synthesis of the information contained in the references listed.

Dexter Park

Occupant: Chicago White Stockings, independent professional club (1870)

Location: Halsted Street (east), between 47th Street (south) and the imaginary line of 42nd Street (north). Adjacent to Union Stock Yards.

Later: site of International Amphitheatre

Currently: Uniform services plantOgden Park

Occupant: Chicago White Stockings (1870) – some games

Location: East of where Ontario Street (at that time) T-ed into Michigan Avenue.

Currently: hotels and other businessesUnion Base-Ball Grounds a.k.a. White-Stocking Park

Occupant: Chicago White Stockings – National Association (1871)

Location: Randolph (north), Michigan Avenue (west)

Currently: Northwest corner of Lake Park (now known as Grant Park) – diamond roughly in southwest corner of field23rd Street Grounds


Neutral site for some out-of-town clubs' games (1872–1873)

Chicago White Stockings – NA (1874–1875), National League (1876–1877)

Fairbanks - League Alliance (1877)

Location: 23rd Street (north, home plate), State Street (east, left field), 22nd Street (now Cermak Road) (south, center field) and what is now Federal Street (west, right field)

Currently: National Teachers AcademyLake Park a.k.a. Lake-Shore Park a.k.a. White-Stocking Park

Occupant: Chicago White Stockings – NL (1878–1884)

Location: Same as 1871 site – diamond roughly in south part of fieldSouth Side Park (I) a.k.a. 39th Street Grounds (I)

Occupant: Chicago – Union Association (1884)

Location: "on the corner of 39th Street [now Pershing Road] and South Wabash Avenue" – a few blocks east and southeast of the later south side ballparksWest Side Park (I)


Chicago White Stockings – NL (1885–1891)

Chicago Maroons - Western Association (1888)

Location: Congress Street (north, left field); Loomis Street (west, home plate); Harrison Street (south, right field); Throop Street (east, center field)

Currently: Andrew Jackson Language Academy (1340 West Harrison Street)South Side Park (II)


Chicago Pirates – PL (1890)

Chicago White Stockings – NL (1891 – mid-1893)

Notes: Split schedule with West Side Park (I) in 1891 and West Side Park (II) in 1893

Location: 35th Street (south, center field); South Wentworth Avenue (east, left field); 33rd Street (north, home plate); railroad tracks (west, right field) - same footprint later occupied by Comiskey Park and Armour Square Park

Currently: Parking lot and/or Dan Ryan ExpresswayWest Side Park (II) a.k.a. West Side Grounds

Occupant: Chicago White Stockings – NL (mid-1893–1915)

Location: Polk Street (north, third base); Lincoln (now Wolcott) Street (west, first base); Wood Street (east, left field); flats and Taylor Street (south, right field)

Currently: University of Illinois College of MedicineSouth Side Park (III) a.k.a. 39th Street Grounds (II) renamed Schorling's Park

Occupants: Chicago White Sox – American League (1900 – mid-1910); Chicago American Giants – Negro Leagues (1911–1940)

Location: 39th Street (now Pershing Road) (south, first base); South Wentworth Avenue (east, right field); South Princeton Avenue (west, third base); line of 38th Street (north, left field) – a few blocks south of the Comiskey Park sites

Currently: Wentworth Gardens housing projectComiskey Park a.k.a. White Sox Park (1960s-1970s)

Occupants: Chicago White Sox – AL (mid-1910 – 1990); Chicago American Giants – Negro Leagues (1941-ca.1950)

Location: 324 West 35th Street – 35th Street (south, first base); Shields Street (west); 34th Street (north, left field); Wentworth Avenue (east, right field) and Dan Ryan Expressway (farther east)

Currently: Parking lotWrigley Field originally Weeghman Park, then Cubs Park

Occupants: Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales – Federal League (1914–1915); Chicago Cubs – NL (1916–present)

Location: 1060 West Addison Street (south, first base); Clark Street (southwest and west, home plate); Waveland Avenue (north, left field); Sheffield Avenue (east, right field)Guaranteed Rate Field originally "New Comiskey Park", then U.S. Cellular Field

Occupant: Chicago White Sox – AL (1991–present)

Location: 333 West 35th Street, across the street to the south from "Old" Comiskey Park – 35th Street (north, third base); site of Shields Street (west, first base); Wentworth Avenue (east, left field) and Dan Ryan Expressway (farther east); parking and Wells Street (south, right field)

McKinley High School (Chicago)

McKinley High School is a former Chicago public school. It opened in 1875 as West Division High School, was renamed in honor of President McKinley in 1904, and closed in 1954. Since 2009, the building has been the site of Chicago Bulls College Prep.

Michael Klaper

Michael A. Klaper (July 19, 1947) is an American physician, vegan health educator and conference and event speaker, and an author of articles and books of vegan medical advice. He advocates rearing children on vegan diets throughhout their entire lifetimes, beginning with the vegan mother's pregnancy.

Nathan O. Kaplan

Nathan Oram Kaplan (June 25, 1917 – April 15, 1986) was an American biochemist who studied enzymology and chemotherapy. After completing a B.A. in chemistry at UCLA in 1939, Kaplan studied carbohydrate metabolism in the liver under David M. Greenberg at the University of California, Berkeley medical school. He earned his Ph.D. in 1943. From 1942 to 1944, Kaplan participated in the Manhattan Project, and then spent a year as an instructor at Wayne State University. From 1945 to 1949, Kaplan worked with Fritz Lipmann at Massachusetts General Hospital to study coenzyme A. Kaplan went to the University of Illinois College of Medicine as an assistant professor in 1949, and from 1950 to 1957 he worked at the McCollum-Pratt Institute of Johns Hopkins University. In 1957, he was recruited to head a new graduate program in biochemistry at Brandeis University. In 1968, Kaplan moved to the University of California, San Diego, where he studied the role of lactate dehydrogenase in cancer. He also founded a colony of nude mice, a strain of laboratory mice useful in the study of cancer and other diseases. In 1981, Kaplan became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.One of Kaplan's students at the University of California was genomic researcher Craig Venter. He was, with Sidney Colowick, a founding editor of the scientific book series Methods in Enzymology.


Neuroepidemiology is a branch of epidemiology involving the study of neurological disease distribution and determinants of frequency in human populations. The term was first introduced by Dr. Len Kurland, Dr. Milton Alter and Dr. John F. Kurtzke in 1967. Traditionally, neuroepidemiology has been perceived for a long time as a science of incidence, prevalence, risk factors, natural history and prognosis of neurological disorders. However, this is only one part of neuroepidemiology, called non-experimental neuroepidemiology. The other integral, but commonly forgotten, part of neuroepidemiology is experimental neuroepidemiology, which is research based on clinical trials of effectiveness or efficacy of various interventions in neurological disorders.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, located in Peoria, Illinois, United States, is a teaching hospital for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and part of the OSF Healthcare System. The Center, which is the largest hospital in the Peoria metropolitan area and in central Illinois, is designated by the state of Illinois as the Level I adult and pediatric regional trauma center for a 26-county region in mid-Illinois. OSF Saint Francis owns the Children's Hospital of Illinois (though the Hospital has its own President), the OSF Saint Francis Heart Hospital, the Illinois Neurological Institute, and the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing, which are all located either in or near the Medical Center. The hospital is a clinical training hospital for many medical students, interns, residents, and fellows of the Peoria campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.It is the largest Level I trauma center for adults and children between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas and the St. Louis metropolitan area. It is the fourth largest hospital in all of Illinois.The hospital offers adult and pediatric renal transplantation and adult pancreatic transplantation; most of the time, adult, and especially, pediatric, cardiac transplantation cases are referred to tertiary care academic medical transplantation centers in Chicago or St. Louis, though there are facilities and surgeons and physicians available for cardiac transplantation at the Center's Heart Institute and at the Children's Hospital, and they have been performed there repeatedly. The hospital offers advanced burn care, hyperbaric, and debridement and grafting services for both children and adults, and sometimes, if need be, can transfer very severe cases to the certified state burn units in Springfield, Chicago or St. Louis.

The Center's new Jump Trading Simulation Institute is used for bioengineering, biochemical research, research on new devices and tissues and grafts, and medical and nursing and bioengineering training.

The hospital made national and international headlines in the health care field on April 9, 2013, when a toddler, Hannah Warren, about 3, from South Korea (born to a Canadian father and South Korean mother) who was born without a trachea (a windpipe) received an artificial trachea that incorporated, with the plastic, her own living stem cells (the adult type), in the first bio-engineered transplant on a child in the U.S. and the first bio-engineered trachea transplant in the world. It is the first stem cell procedure of any kind at the Catholic medical center. The major 11-hour surgical procedure was led by Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of Sweden's Karolinska Institute, along with top surgical and medical officials from OSF. However, she died three months later from complications.

Richard L. Jenkins

Richard Leos Jenkins (3 June 1903 – 30 December 1991) was an American psychiatrist known for his work in child psychiatry and juvenile delinquency.

Jenkins earned his A.B. from Stanford University in 1925 and his M.D. from University of Chicago.

In the 1930s he published on intelligence and "mongolism." His work on psychometrics with Louis Leon Thurstone found that the youngest child is usually the smartest, and children of older parents are usually smarter than peers.Jenkins held teaching appointments at several schools, including Acting Superintendent of the Institute for Juvenile Research and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He served as the Veterans Administration psychiatric research chief and psychiatric evaluation project chief from 1949 to 1961. He then was appointed professor and child psychiatry division chief at the University of Iowa. He was on the committee which oversaw the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

In later life he co-edited several books and self-published a volume of poems. Jenkins died in Iowa City, Iowa of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Robert C. Muehrcke

Robert C. Muehrcke (4 August 1921, Cincinnati, Ohio – 9 November 2003) was an American physician, known for his description of the clinical sign called Muehrcke's nails.At the entry of the USA into WW II, he joined the 132nd Infantry Regiment and served with the regiment in Guadalcanal. In 1945 he was in Okinawa with the 96th Infantry Division. (In 1982 he published a book, Orchids in the Mud, of personal accounts concerning these wartime campaigns.) He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1952. In Chicago he was an associate attending physician at Research and Educational Hospital and Cook County Hospital and an instructor in medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In the later years of his career he was in the Department of Medicine of West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park. He retired in 1992.He married in 1972. Upon his death, he was survived by his wife, seven sons, and nine grandchildren.

Ruy Lourenco

Ruy Valentim Lourenco is an American physician, academic administrator, and professor who was Dean of the New Jersey Medical School from 1971 to 1998. He led medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine from 1983 to 1989. The Ruy V. Lourenco Center for the Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens is named in his honor.

Somatic Cell and Molecular Genetics

Somatic Cell and Molecular Genetics was a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the fields of cell biology and molecular genetics.

The journal was established in 1975 as Somatic Cell Genetics. The founding editor-in-chief was Richard L. Davidson (then of the University of Illinois College of Medicine). The journal expanded scope to encompass the increased development of molecular genetics and changed its name to reflect this with the tenth volume January 1984 edition. Davidson was succeeded as editor-in-chief by his colleague, Elliot R. Kaufman. The journal was published by Springer group companies: Plenum Press until 1992, then by Kluwer until publication ceased in 2002. Publication frequency was mostly bimonthly.

The University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary

The Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary (IEEI) is a center of ophthalmology and otolaryngology research and clinical practice. Currently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranks the department 4th nationally in ophthalmology research funding and 1st in the Midwestern United States and Chicago metropolitan area.Located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District, the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary is the major referral center in the Chicago metropolitan area for eye emergencies as the only Level 1 eye trauma center in the region. The General Eye Clinic also serves as the only emergency eye clinic in all of Chicago. The Chicago Curriculum in Ophthalmology (CCO) meets at the Infirmary where all Chicago area ophthalmology residents are invited. Furthermore, the Illinois Eye Review is held at the Infirmary. The Infirmary is one of the oldest hospitals of its kind in treatment of disorders of the eye, ear, nose, throat, and head/neck. The Infirmary houses the departments of ophthalmology and otolaryngology of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

LASIK surgery was invented by Gholam A. Peyman, while he served as Professor of Ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.The Department of Ophthalmology has a NIH-funded K12 research program, one of only 7 in the United States. There are strong partnerships with global programs through Dr. Marilyn Miller, including exchange programs with Keio University in Tokyo and the Federal University of São Paulo. Other programs exist with Nigeria, India, Brazil, Thailand, Iran, Philippines, Guatemala, and Nepal. The Millennium Park Eye Center is staffed by faculty affiliated with the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Over the past three decades, the ophthalmology department has been a leading recipient of funding from the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the NIH.The Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is one of the most competitive residency programs in the United States. The ophthalmology residency program is one of the most selective programs in the country with well over 600 applicants annually, of whom only 84 are granted interviews for 6 positions. The majority of exposure to refractive surgery during residency, including LASIK and PRK, occurs at the Millennium Park Eye Center. They also spend a rotation at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, which is located a few blocks away. Lastly, residents perform as primary or assisting surgeon in all subspecialties including cornea, retina, and pediatric ophthalmology throughout their training and are involved with on call duties.

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Illinois Eye and Infirmary is the oldest department of its kind in the U.S. and among the most competitive residency/fellowship programs in the country. The Department is nationally recognized for its outstanding care and leading-edge residency training program. It offers comprehensive care in seven specialty areas: Otology/Neurotology, Cochlear Implants, and Skull Base Surgery; Audiology/Hearing Loss; Head and Neck Cancer/Robotics/Microvascular Reconstruction (at the Head and Neck Cancer Center); Laryngology/Voice Disorders, The Professional Voice/Speech Care (at the Chicago Institute for Voice Care); Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Scar Revision; Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery Center; and General Otolaryngology. It maintains clinical facilities in the Eye and Ear Institute, as well as in the Michigan Avenue corridor in downtown Chicago.

The nationally recognized UI Otolaryngology residency program has trained hundreds of outstanding clinicians and researchers. Resident physicians in the program rotate across multiple facilities during their time in the program: UI Hospital and Health Sciences System; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center; John Stroger Cook County Medical Center; Lurie Children's Hospital; Elmhurst Hospital/Memorial Center for Health; 900 N. Michigan Avenue Surgical Center; and NorthShore University Health System.


Halo Active (previously ThermaHelm) is an impact activated brain cooling motorcycle crash helmet invented in 2008 by Jullian Joshua Preston-Powers.Ammonium nitrate and water and other proprietary chemicals, stored in separate areas of the helmet's liner, combine when trigger activated by an impact to create an endothermic reaction to prevent brain swelling, and reduce the effects of traumatic brain injury, a major cause of death and disability worldwide. When activated by sudden impact, the helmet performs like an instant ice pack that immediately initiates a cooling effect. This cooling process lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes and helps to control swelling, extending protection of vital neurological function during the Golden hour prior to hospital arrival.Richard Phillips, former decade-long Managing Director of world-famous Silverstone race circuit, assisted the Halo project in 2015 and 2016 along with digital agency support by Mark Cornwell, CEO of HPS Group in Marlow. Paul Varnsverry, former Chair of British Standards and CEN (European) Standards committees, joined the development team in 2017 along with Tom Walker, former MD motorcycle accessories retailer Hein Gericke.

Dr Henry Wang, a researcher at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, "lives in hope for a day when a pre-hospital cooling head cover will be available to those with head injury or stroke".In December 2015, identySOL entered final stages of design to develop and supply the helmet with Halocator GPS tracking units. Military applications considered by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

William John Crozier

William John Crozier (May 24, 1892 in New York City – November 2, 1955 in Belmont, Massachusetts) was an American physiologist who influenced psychology through his theory and experimentation on animal behavior and the sensory processes.Crozier ran a physiology laboratory in which he stressed the behavior of the whole organism and the need to control behavior in order to understand it. It was in Crozier's lab that B.F. Skinner, working largely without supervision, pursued his experimental research on animal behavior. Another notable student was Charles P. Winsor, known for the winsorization method.He graduated from City College of New York and Harvard University, before teaching at University of Illinois College of Medicine, University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Harvard.

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