Keynote Speakers

Julie Silver, MD

A trailblazing visionary of gender equity

Julie K. Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silver has held numerous leadership positions and is a former start-up company founder. She was named the Top Innovator in Medicine in 2012 by The Boston Globe, and the same year her start-up company was listed by Bloomberg/Businessweek as one of the most promising social enterprise companies.


Dr. Silver has been an integral part of developing the new Spaulding Research Institute—from conception to launch. Dr. Silver’s own research and clinical work has focused on improving gaps in the delivery of healthcare services, particularly cancer rehabilitation. She has published many scientific reports and is well-known for her ground-breaking work on “impairment-driven cancer rehabilitation” which was initially published in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians--a high impact factor oncology journal that is published by the American Cancer Society. Impairment-driven cancer rehabilitation was subsequently incorporated into the American Cancer Society’s Facts & Figures. Dr. Silver is the co-founder and co-director of the Cancer Rehabilitation Group for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine—a research focused interdisciplinary professional society. She is committed to improving healthcare for oncology patients and developed a best practices model for cancer rehabilitation care that hundreds of U.S. hospitals adopted.


As a healthcare leader, Dr. Silver is also committed to supporting the healthcare workforce, and she is a researcher and nationally recognized expert on inclusion, diversity and equity. Her work in equity intersects with physician burnout as well as dissemination and implementation science. She has published multiple reports on bibliometrics—educating researchers about both conventional and alternative metrics—aimed at supporting both research dissemination and faculty promotion. She developed a unique approach to workforce inclusion and wellness aimed at analyzing and strategically advancing equity and promoting wellness for faculty and staff by analyzing how they are valued and respected for their important contributions. For example, Dr. Silver identified that faculty members were not equitably included by their own medical societies, and she spearheaded groundbreaking research looking at how medical societies are supporting the healthcare workforce. Her publishing track record is broad and deep, and she has authored/edited nearly 100 books, including medical textbooks and popular press books. She is a leading authority on topics related to healthcare leadership, wellness and equity. She has published numerous studies and other reports in high-impact journals that include the New England Journal of Medicine and multiple JAMA Network journals. Dr. Silver has led numerous high impact national strategic initiatives such as #SocietiesAsAllies, #WallsDoTalk and #BeEthical.  Dr. Silver directs two highly acclaimed annual CME course at Harvard Medical School:

Writing, Publishing and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals and Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare. These courses have trained thousands of physicians and other healthcare leaders throughout the U.S. and internationally.


Dr. Silver’s work has been featured in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The London Times and NPR. She has also appeared on numerous TV shows including the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Fox News and ABC News.

Pauline Rose Clance, PhD, ABPP

An innovative illuminator of the Impostor Phenomenon

Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught in the Doctoral Clinical Program and supervised psychotherapy for 28 years. In 2012, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from Lynchburg College in Virginia.


Dr. Clance has been in private practice in clinical psychology for over 33 years and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She was co-founder and faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Georgia and faculty member of Pine River Psychotherapy Training Institute, along with having served on several professional editorial boards. She is a member of various professional organizations including the American Psychological Association and the Georgia Psychological Association. Dr. Clance is a national and international lecturer and served as President of the Southeast Psychological Association.


Some of her research and publications have focused on: the Impostor Phenomenon, the development of human potential and actualization, gender and multicultural issues, Gestalt, Existentialist, and Feminist Therapy, women and barriers to success, and emotional intelligence and interpersonal competence. She served as the first Senior Faculty Associate for the Advancement of Women in the Office of the Provost at GSU where she developed mentoring and leadership programs for women faculty and staff at the senior administrative level.


Dr. Pauline Rose Clance is best known for her 1985 authorship of the book, The Impostor Phenomenon: Overcoming the Fear that Haunts Your Success, for which she received Georgia Author of the Year Award by the Dixie Council of Authors & Journalists. Dr. Clance and Dr. Suzanne Imes developed the term The Impostor Phenomenon and co-authored a founding article in 1978 which has led to world-wide research and media interest in the topic. Dr. Clance has appeared on radio, webcasts, and television, including The Today Show, Nightline, Donahue, and CNN discussing this work.  The topic has been featured in several magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Self, Shape, Time Magazine, People, and the Harvard Business Review. She has presented her Impostor Phenomenon work at regional and national professional academic organizations such as the American Council on Education, American Association of University Women, and the Office of Women in Higher Education.  In 2014, she was invited to speak to top leaders at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and in 2016 was a keynote speaker for NIH-affiliated graduate students.


Many studies on the Impostor Phenomenon have been conducted worldwide, in countries including Holland, Korea, China, Sweden, Iran, India, Egypt, Australia, Canada, the UK, and many others.  The Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale has been translated for use in several countries, including Japan, Poland, Denmark, and Pakistan. Her original IP book has been translated into Russian, German, French, and Norwegian and is now digitally available on Amazon.


Since its conception over 38 years ago, Dr. Clance’s Impostor Phenomenon continues to elicit new professional and academic interest and application each year.

Speakers & panelist

Neelum Aggarwal, MD

Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, is a cognitive neurologist, clinical trialist and researcher in the field of population health and aging. She is the Senior Neurologist for  the federally funded Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core in Chicago; Research Director for the Rush Heart Center for Women, and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurological Sciences and Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center.


Dr. Aggarwal is a long standing  Steering Committee member  and Site Principal Investigator for multiple NIA funded clinical trials on aging and Alzheimer' s Disease through the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group (ADCS) – and Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI). She is the Site Principal Investigator for clinical trials that are accelerating the research in Alzheimer's disease prevention while also supporting  RADC clinical trial focused  activities that increase interest and enrollment in trials and other collaborative endeavors to advance prevention research in ethnically diverse patient populations. She presently conducts trials involving investigational anti amyloid treatments in cognitively unimpaired persons, who based on their age, have elevated biomarker evidence  of amyloid  or genetic background, that may place them at risk for developing .Alzheimer's Disease dementia.

Her clinical and population health research has focused on the predictors and outcomes of cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults, with a focus on underserved populations in Chicago. She is particularly interested in identifying how social determinants of health, cardiovascular disease and other novel risk factors for cognitive impairment including sex and gender differences, may lead to strategies to prevent cognitive decline and dementia.


A graduate of the Academy of Neurology - Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum, Dr. Aggarwal is a long-standing voice for community-based research, clinical trial participation, public health and research initiatives both at the local and national and international level. She has continues to serve in numerous leadership roles throughout her career.  She is the Chief  Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Chair of the Governing Council of the American Medical Association- Women's Physician Section, Chair of National Women in Bio, MAPS (Mentors, Advisors, Peers and Sponsorship) Committee and Fellow of the Institute of Medicine. She was the awardee of the 2016 Woman in Science award and the 2017 Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women's Association .


She completed her medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, completed her neurology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and completed an aging and neurodegenerative disorders fellowship at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Vineet Arora, MD, MAAP

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP is an academic hospitalist and Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment at University of Chicago.  Through her role, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to engage frontline staff into the institutional quality, safety, and value mission.  An accomplished researcher, she is PI of NIH grants to evaluate novel interventions that combine systems change with learning theory to improve care and was inducted into the American Society of Clinical Investigation which recognizes an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in biomedical research.  As an advocate for women in medicine, she was featured in the New York Times for an editorial that called to end the gender pay gap in medicine.  She is a founding member of the 501c3 Women of Impact dedicated to advancing women leaders in healthcare and of TIME’S UP Healthcare, which is dedicated to ending gender inequities and ensuring creation of a safe, equitable, and dignified healthcare workforce.  She has authored numerous articles on gender gaps in academic medicine.

Laurie Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

Laurie Baedke is a faculty member and Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs at Creighton University. A sought-after speaker, author, and advisor, Laurie works with individuals and teams including early careerists, physician leaders, and senior executives. She has specific expertise in physician practice management, leadership development, organizational change, emotional intelligence, and strengths based leadership. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and business administration and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. At age 26, she became the youngest individual to achieve board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is also a board certified Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Laurie has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006.


Her first book, titled The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published ACHE’s Health Administration Press in 2015. She contributed a chapter; The Clinician Entrepreneur, to a book published by Oxford Press in April, 2017 titled The Handbook of Private Practice. And, a second edition of her book, The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published ACHE’s Health Administration Press in March, 2018.

Rachel Caskey, MD, MAPP

Dr. Rachel Caskey is board-certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine and provides primary care for all ages. Dr. Caskey is a health services researcher with an interest in improving national vaccination efforts. She has an appointment at UIC School of Public Health and is a member of the UIC Cancer Center where she collaborates on efforts to improve HPV vaccination rates to reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers.

Dana Corriel, MD

Dana Corriel, MD is a board-certified internist and founder/CEO of SoMeDocs, or Doctors on Social Media. She is an expert on leveraging social media creatively, as a tool in both promoting healthcare campaigns and using it beneficially for personal growth. She has built a number of successful platforms using social media, including her own, and has been featured in the LA Times, Huff Post, Country Living, Medical Economics, Gastro & Endo News, and numerous other outlets and podcasts. In 2018, Dr. Corriel was named one of Top 10 Internists to Follow on Twitter in 2018, by Medical Economics. She lectures regularly on the role of social media and healthcare, teaching physicians in all stages of their career how to optimize their online presence to reach their endpoint goals.

Catherine deVries, MD, MS

Dr. Catherine deVries is Professor of Surgery (Urology) and Associate Professor of Family Medicine (Public Health) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a Masters in Pathology from Duke University and an M.D. from Stanford University. She trained in Urology at Stanford University and Pediatric Urology at University of California, San Diego.


She has been intensively active in the development of sustainable global surgery since 1992. In 1994, she founded International Volunteers in Urology (now IVUmed) and continues as its president. Currently, IVUmed supports on-site urological education in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. deVries is the founding director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery. She teaches courses in surgery and public health and in bioengineering and anthropology at University of Utah and at Stanford University. As co-author of the new “Global Surgery” chapter in Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery (2014) and co-author of a new chapter in Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) (2014) and Global Surgery and Public Health; A New Paradigm, she continues to make impactful contributions to the educational literature on global health. She serves on several professional boards.


Dr. deVries’ awards include the Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year 2014, ACS Surgical Humanitarian 2012, American Red Cross International Award, 2011, American Urological Association’s Distinguished Contribution 2009, and AMA’s Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine 2006.

Sheila Dugan, MD

Dr. Sheila Dugan is a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Preventive Medicine, where she is involved in clinical care, education and research, including community based participatory research.  She is Chief of PM&R and Co-Director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health.  Her research interests include women’s health and health equity; and the health benefits of physical activity, in particular in underserved populations and women at menopause.  She is Co-Investigator on the NIH/NIA Funded Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) Study.  She was the Training Director for the NIH funded Rush Center for Urban Health Equity and developed the Masters in Clinical Research Program’s Health Disparities Research Reading course.  She has been Course Director since 2010.  She was a co-investigator on the NIH/NIMHHD funded grant the ALIVE! Project, a partnership of academic investigators and African American pastors from the Chicagoland area that collaboratively planned, developed, and tested a behavioral health intervention using a bible study format in black churches.  She continues to collaborate in blood pressure and physical activity intervention programs in Westside ALIVE, and a walking program in summers, the Westside Walk for Wellness in Garfield Park.  She teaches medical students, residents and fellows in pelvic health; and mentors capstone projects, Dean’s summer fellows and Arnold P. Gold Foundation fellows.   She chairs the Women’s Leadership Council and is faculty sponsor the Rush AMWA chapter.  She is a long-standing member of the ADA Committee and Diversity Leadership Council


Dr. Dugan has been a clinician scientist for 30+ years in both Physical Therapy and Medicine. She has published numerous book chapters and manuscripts and lectures locally and nationally.  She received her bachelor’s degrees in Biology from the University of Chicago and Physical Therapy from Northwestern University.  She received her MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She did her internship at the University of Chicago in Internal Medicine and her residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in PM&R.  Prior to coming to Rush she was on faculty at the Harvard Medical School and worked at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Alison Escalante, MD

As a pediatrician and writer, Alison Escalante, MD is on a mission to make a dent in the anxiety epidemic. By challenging unexamined beliefs about what a woman should be, and providing actionable methods for change rooted in science, she wants us to find more space in our own lives.

She is a TEDx speaker, a writer for Psychology Today, and a former Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

She did her undergraduate work at Princeton University in Medieval and Renaissance History with a focus in Cultural Interpretation. She went on to medical school at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson. She did her residency in Pediatrics at Duke University and the University of Chicago.

She is practicing pediatrician in Naperville, IL and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Patricia Finn, MD

Dr. Patricia Finn is Earl M. Bane professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a physician scientist focusing on immune mediated pulmonary diseases, including transplantation, lung injury, and asthma. She graduated medical school and residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Finn was a physician and investigator at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Kenneth M. Moser professor of medicine and the director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at University of California, San Diego before moving to Chicago in 2012. She has a strong history of NIH and extramural funding.


Dr. Finn has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has a prolific history as a lecturer at national and international academic meetings.


In 2013-2014, Dr. Finn served as president of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Finn has also served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Journal of Immunology, and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society; and has received multiple awards and honors including the a Career Investigator Award from the American Lung Association, Lynne M. Reid Scholar in Medicine from Harvard Medical School, and Elizabeth A. Rich Award from the American Thoracic Society. In 2007, she was inducted into the Association of American Physicians, an attestation of her academic achievements and contributions to advancing medical knowledge.

Dr Finn was recently elected president-elect of the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM).  

Lewis M. Flint, MD

Lewis M. Flint, MD, FACS, Editor-in-Chief of Selected Readings in General Surgery of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Education and adjunct professor of surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, received the H. Biemann Othersen, Jr., MD, Distinguished Alumnus Award on April 25. This award is the highest alumni honor bestowed by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) department of surgery, Charleston. The Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society, a member organization that recognizes the achievements of MUSC alumni who have enhanced the surgical profession through education, research, and clinical practice, presented the award to Dr. Flint.

Dr. Flint earned his medical degree and completed his surgical internship at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, in 1966. He was surgery chief resident at MUSC from 1973 to 1974. Dr. Flint has served as president of several surgical societies, including the Society of University Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Halsted Society, and the Southern Surgical Association. He was recognized by the American Board of Surgery as director and senior examiner and was on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Injury Grant Review Committee. He also provides his expertise to the editorial boards of the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.

Sherine Gabriel, MD, MSc

Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, became the fourth president of Rush University in February 2019. She is the first president whose role is solely focused on the University.

Prior to joining Rush, Gabriel was the dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she was also a distinguished professor of medicine, and former dean of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Gabriel started her career at Mayo Clinic as a resident physician and continued there as a physician, researcher, educator and leader for nearly 30 years, culminating in her appointment as dean of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 2012. She was the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Endowed Professor and a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology. In addition, she served as co-principal investigator and director of education for the Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Scientific Activities in Mayo’s CTSA.

Gabriel did her undergraduate education at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan Medical School before earning her medical degree at the medical school. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, which she followed with a fellowship in rheumatology, also at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

Her additional advanced education includes a master’s in clinical epidemiology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and graduate executive education courses at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gabriel’s research, largely funded by the National Institutes of Health, has resulted in more than 250 original, peer-reviewed publications addressing the costs, causes and outcomes of rheumatic diseases. Her most recent research examined the risks and determinants of heart disease among rheumatoid arthritis patients.

She is a former president of the American College of Rheumatology, or ACR, and has served on many national committees, most significantly as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, as chair of the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee and as founding chair of the Methodology Committee of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Gabriel is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the ACR Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award and the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award. She is also an elected member of the Association of American Physicians (the elected society of U.S. leading physician scientists).

Jessica Gold, MD, MS

Jessica (“Jessi”) Gold, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, where she works at the Habif Health and Wellness Center, seeing undergraduate and graduate students as patients, teaches medical students and residents, and sees outpatients in the cancer center. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology) and the Yale School of Medicine (M.D.). She completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford University where she served as chief resident from 2017-2018. 


Dr. Gold is particularly interested in college mental health, women’s mental health and gender equity, physician wellness, medical education, and the overlap between popular media, stigma, and psychiatry. While she has published frequently in the more "traditional" methods of research papers and academic publications, she has also enjoyed teaching about mental health topics and decreasing stigma through writing for popular press outlets. She has been featured in, among others, Self, InStyle, Glamour, and the HuffPost. Some of her favorites have included writing about Judge Aquilina's handling of the Larry Nassar case and its importance for survivors, the dangers for women in the healthcare workplace, and writing first person accounts of sexual harassment in healthcare for the InStyle launch of TIME’S UP Healthcare. Dr. Gold is a founding member of TIME’S UP Healthcare and on the steering committee where she mostly focuses on media and outreach.


She can be found on twitter at: @drjessigold and contacted via her website: www.drjessigold.com.

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS

Caprice C. Greenberg MD MPH is a tenured Professor of Surgery and the Morgridge Distinguished Chair in Health Services Research at the University of Wisconsin. She is a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer and a health services researcher focused on improving patient safety and quality of care. She completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, as well as a surgical oncology fellowship at the Partners-Dana Farber Cancer Center. Following her clinical and research fellowship training, she joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2007. While there, she served as the Associate Director and then Director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was recruited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 to serve as Director for the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program, where she also holds affiliate appointments in the Departments of Systems and Industrial Engineering and Population Health Sciences.  Dr. Greenberg has served as Recorder and President of the Association for Academic Surgery and President of the Surgical Outcomes Club, which she helped to found. 

Alton B. Harris, JD

Al was a founding partner of the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris, which is now part of Nixon Peabody LLP, where Al is a partner. At Ungaretti & Harris, Al served for many years as managing partner and then as a member of its Executive and Compensation Committees. In these roles, he had extensive experience mentoring and advising women in many career fields, focusing on the communication skills they need to advance in their chosen fields, despite the prevalence of negative gender stereotypes. Al speaks to women about what male colleagues expect from future leaders, offering creative ideas and useful techniques to be seen as talented leaders. He also speaks to organizations about the negative effect gender bias has on their organizations, providing practical steps to eliminate gender bias. He is co-author with his wife, Andrea S. Kramer, of the book Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, which was named one of the best business books of 2016 by Women@Work and “a well-organized, well-thought-out call to action” by Publishers Weekly. Their second book, It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work and the Bias that Built It is due out in August 2019. Al is also the co-author of over 150 articles and blog posts on promoting diversity and overcoming stereotypes and biases.

Andrea Kramer, JD

Andie is a partner in the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She has mentored thousands of women and written hundreds of articles and blog posts on gender biases. Because mentorship opportunities for young executive and professional women are often limited, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA) to recruit senior women to mentor and support younger women on their way up. She has developed a series of leadership training programs and is a frequent speaker on the issue of gender discrimination and bias. Andie speaks frequently to audiences about how to break through gender bias in the workplace. She draws on her professional and business experience to provide audiences with realistic, detailed, and readily usable advice. She is the co-author, with her husband, Al Harris of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work. Their second book, It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work and the Bias that Built It is due out in August 2019.

Omar Lateef, DO

Dr. Omar Lateef is the CEO of Rush University Medical Center.

Since being appointed chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center in January of 2015, Lateef has helped design, implement and oversee Medical Center initiatives related to clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement. Under his leadership, which broadened to become CMO for the Rush System in June of 2018, Rush system hospitals have performed exceptionally well in rankings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report, the Leapfrog Group and Vizient, which in 2018 ranked Rush second among 99 participating academic health systems across that nation in quality and accountability.

Dr. Lateef is a recognized leader in the measurement of health care quality, and currently is working with physicians and analysts at Rush and from academic medical centers across the nation to evaluate the driving factors and methodology for quality rankings by CMS, U.S. News and others. Lateef and his colleagues are evaluating and recommending changes to the rating systems to confirm that they are accurate and a fair reflection of quality. His work to ensure that key national measures are transparent, measure what they are intended to measure and have no unintended consequences has profoundly impacted how health care quality is viewed and reported at Rush and across the country.

Lateef, who joined Rush in 2002, was appointed associate chief medical officer in 2009 and vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in 2012. He also served as program director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program and as director of the medical intensive care unit.

A former associate dean of medical sciences at Rush University, Lateef is currently a professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine. He has won numerous teaching awards at the University and led educational programs that ranked repeatedly among the top five in the country.

In 1995, Lateef earned a bachelor’s of science in religious studies from the University of Florida - Gainesville. Four years later, he received his medical degree from Des Moines University, after which he completed his internship and residency at New York University Downtown Hospital. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush in 2005.

Lateef has published extensively on scientific and ethical issues in critical care medicine and spoken internationally on improving health care and its delivery. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Howard Liu, MD

Dr. Howard Liu is a nationally recognized psychiatrist, educator, workforce expert, social media innovator, and healthcare administrator at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He serves as the Chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry.  Previously, he served as the Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) and as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Faculty Development at UNMC.


The UNMC Department of Psychiatry has a tradition of innovation since the 1950s when it was a telehealth pioneer. It is committed to training the future interprofessional behavioral health workforce for Nebraska including rural and underserved urban communities.


Regarding workforce development, Dr. Liu is a founding member of the Medical Directors Institute for the National Council for Behavioral Health and is a Consortium member for the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan.  The state workforce center he led from 2011 to 2019 is regarded as a best practice in mental health and substance use innovation.  


Dr. Liu is an innovative teacher and an expert in faculty development, medical student education and the professional use of social media.  Nationally and internationally, Dr. Liu has presented over 73 peer-reviewed abstracts and is a frequent keynote speaker.  He serves on national committees for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.  Dr. Liu previously served in educational leadership roles at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Faculty Affairs. Dr. Liu is a recipient of numerous educational awards including the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UNMC Faculty Senate and the Creativity in Psychiatric Education Award from the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP).

Christine Malcolm

Ms. Malcolm is a nationally recognized strategic health care leader with experience in leading transformation and change in some of the leading health care systems and academic medical centers in the U.S. She has a distinguished track record in the areas of health care leadership most important today, and now leads the Carol Emmott Fellowship, with a goal to create more women in health leadership, creating impact for the field.

Isobel Marks, MBBS, Ma

Issy Marks is an Academic Foundation Trainee in North West London. Whilst training at Barts & the London Medical School, she worked as a paediatric surgical outcomes fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a research associate with the Program for Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at Harvard Medical School. Issy coordinated the International Federation of Medical Students' Association (IFMSA's) Global Surgery Working Group for two years, and was a founding member and leader of InciSioN, the International Student Surgical Network. Issy worked as a WHO policy officer for the UK Department of Health and was part of David Nabarro's campaign team for the 2017 WHO Director General election. She also worked as a policy officer for the G4 Alliance, delivering advocacy training in surgery at the 2016 World Health Assembly. Issy has led a number of international projects, including the 2017 surgical indicator collection for the World Bank’s World Development Indicators. She has also worked on several baseline assessments of surgical capacity in Nicaragua and Kenya.

Victoria Medvec, PhD

Dr. Victoria Medvec is a leading expert in negotiation strategy, revenue generation, and market expansion. As the CEO of Medvec and Associates, she advises CEOs, senior leaders and Board members on critical negotiations including mergers, acquisitions, significant customer contracts, regulatory filings and partnership agreements. For more than two decades, Dr. Medvec has guided organizations in complex negotiations that have changed their market positions and sparked dramatic revenue growth.

She has worked with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to achieve access for products in challenging global markets, modifying organizations’ approaches to achieve entry when they were initially denied access.  She has developed novel strategies in professional service firms to differentiate their service offerings and entrench their services generating more than one billion dollars in a four-year period for one firm. In addition, she has advised CEOs and Boards on partnership agreements and significant transactions, achieving unprecedented results.

Her clients include many Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller growth-oriented organizations across a wide variety of industries including technology (Microsoft and Hewlett Packard), energy (General Electric, BP, and Shell), professional service firms (McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, Oliver Wyman, Ernst & Young, and KPMG),investment banks and financial institutions (Goldman Sachs, Black Rock, and RBC), private equity firms (American Securities, OMERS and Warburg Pincus), real estate firms (CBRE Investors and Colliers), food and beverage (McDonald’s, Jack Links, Campbell’s and Beam Suntory) and pharmaceutical and biotech companies (Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Genentech, Seattle Genetics, Takeda, Abbott, Novartis, Pfizer, AbbVie, and Johnson & Johnson).

Dr. Medvec is the Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she has served on the faculty since 1995.  In addition, she is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women. In this role, she created the Women Director Development Program and over the past 15 years has helped to prepare nearly a thousand senior executives for roles on Boards.

Dr. Medvec has served on public and private boards for more than ten years. In addition, she is a Ringleader in Ringleader Ventures, a unique venture fund pairing start-up technology with corporate needs.

Elizabeth Metraux

With nearly two decades of experience around the globe helping individuals and organizations disseminate their ideas, Elizabeth Métraux is a tireless advocate for the use of story as a tool for radical change. She is the founder of Women Writers in Medicine, a start-up dedicated to amplifying the voices, experiences, and research of women in healthcare. 


Beginning her career in political movements - most notably in the Middle East and former Soviet Union during the Iraq War - she transitioned to healthcare after observing the powerful interplay among population health, public policy, and conflict. Moving from the frontlines of war to the frontlines of healthcare, she has served as a Director of Communications for workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health, spearheaded communication for USAID's TB and infectious disease projects in the Central Asian Republics, and led a national study on clinician wellness with Primary Care Progress, for whom she still serves as a Senior Advisor. 


Elizabeth's work has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, STAT, Medium, and more. She regularly speaks across the country - from the stages of the Aspen Ideas Festival to the lecture halls of Harvard. She also hosts the popular healthcare podcast "Relational Rounds," and the live storytelling series, "Scrubs, Spirits, and Stories: Tales from the Trenches of Care." 

Treasa Moran

Treasa Moran is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Treasa is focused on providing comprehensive financial planning solutions for her clients across all dimensions of our lives (financial, spiritual, emotional). She is passionate about integrating the role psychology plays in our decision making within her practice.  Treasa has a special interest in working with women to help them gain financial and emotional control over their lives.


Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Treasa built her career working with institutional clients where she held Client Service and Business Development roles with several firms including Institutional Capital, UBS Global Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management and Vanguard.  Treasa graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Drexel University with a Masters in Business Administration in Investment Management.  She holds FINRA 7, 66 registrations, and Life and Health insurance licenses.

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS is most recently the Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine serving since 2002 until stepping down July 2018. She took a leave to serve as President of the American Osteopathic Association 2010-2011. Prior to serving as Dean, she was Assistant Dean, Post-Doctoral Education and Division Director (chair), Internal Medicine at the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine since 1997. She was in the private practice of internal medicine and geriatrics in Mesa, Arizona from 1985 through 2002. A graduate of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) with a DO degree, she holds a Master’s degree in Management with a specialty in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.


Dr. Nichols has received numerous awards. In 2015, she was selected for the highest honor given by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Distinguished Service Award. Also in 2015, she received the Robert A. Kistner, DO Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nichols received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Her awards include being named as the recipient of the first Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year Award, Physician of the Year from the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (twice) and the J.O. Watson named Lectureship from the Ohio Osteopathic Association. She was the 2012 recipient of the KCU-COM Alumna of the Year award. She has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association and the KCU-COM Alumni Association, holding an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from that same institution. Dr. Nichols also holds honorary degrees from University of Pikeville - College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and A. T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.


She has served as President of the American Osteopathic Association, President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and President of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and was the first woman to hold all those positions. She is Immediate Past President of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago Board of Governors. Dr. Nichols is one of the two first DOs nominated by the AOA and elected to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education board. She is the Vice Chair of that board and serves on the Executive Committee, and Policy Committee, chairing the Governance Committee.


Dr. Nichols has served on the boards of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Foundation.  She just completed her term on the board of the Osteopathic International Alliance. By invitation she frequently speaks nationally on leadership, end-of-life care and outreach issues for osteopathic medicine. She is also authoring a book on Leadership for Physicians.

Tochukwu Okwuosa, DO

Tochukwu (Tochi) Okwuosa is cardiologist, and an Associate Professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center.  Her internal medicine residency and subspecialty cardiology fellowship training were completed at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and at Northwestern University in Chicago.


Dr. Okwuosa initiated and developed the cardio-oncology program (dealing with cardiovascular disease in cancer patients) at the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, Michigan; and left shortly afterwards to develop and build the now successful Cardio-Oncology program at Rush University Medical Center.  As director of cardio-oncology at Rush, she has since spearheaded a number of successful cardio-oncology initiatives; including the biennial Midwest regional cardio-oncology symposium geared toward education of healthcare workers involved in the care of the cancer patient, developing student and trainee educational curriculum in cardio-oncology, established cardio-oncology research projects for interested students and trainees. She also founded the triannual Chicago City-wide Cardio-oncology Rounds (CCCR) where cardio-oncology cases are presented and discussed by physicians and trainees interested in cardio-oncology. She further organized a monthly CME web content aimed at further educating healthcare workers nationally and internationally.  She emphasizes unparalleled patient care and housestaff/community education in cardio-oncology and preventive cardiology; and is also organizing a patient education seminar to increase awareness of cardiovascular diseases in cancer survivors, and encourage patients to be proactive about cardiovascular care in survivorship years.  Her clinical and research interests are in the field of Cardio-Oncology where she is well published, and is currently championing research projects that involve identification of risk for, and prevention of chemotherapy and radiation-induced cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Okwuosa is the recipient of numerous awards including the Piccolo-Gavers Translational Research Grant award evaluating markers of doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity; and has published many peer reviewed research articles, book chapters, editorials and review articles in the field of cardiology, cardiovascular disease prevention, and Cardio-Oncology - including Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and JAMA-Oncology.  She sits on national Cardio-Oncology committees and writing groups with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA), and has been invited to give presentations and contribute on various topics in Cardio-Oncology.  She is currently the Vice Chair for the Cardio-Oncology Council within the AHA; and is an assistant editor for the new JACC subsidiary journal – JACC: CardioOncology.  Dr. Okwuosa regularly reviews articles for many peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); and is passionately involved in community education. 

Cheryl Pritlove, PhD (c)

Cheryl Pritlove is a Research Scientist at the Applied Health Research Centre at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Pritlove is a qualitative methodologist and health equity researcher with specific interests in gender disparities. Her work involves the application of gender theory to explore the conditions of paid and unpaid work and how social and health policies affect the health and health care of women and men at times of illness. Dr. Pritlove's current research focuses on the broader social, structural and political factors that (differently) frame men's and women’s advancement in science and medicine.  

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, joined the Foundation in August 2018 as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Remley, who has more than 30 years of experience in public health and healthcare, previously served as CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 67,000 practitioners dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

In her role as Senior Fellow, Dr. Remley serves an advisory and leadership role in the Foundation’s efforts to create practical solutions to build healthier communities. She brings a unique combination of public health, healthcare, and clinical experience and a track record of improving social and economic factors that result in better health for all.

In addition to leading the AAP, Dr. Remley has had a prestigious and diverse career as a commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a pediatric emergency physician, and the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Virginia. As Virginia’s health commissioner from 2008 to 2012, she advised the governor on public health issues and helped lead improvements in the rates of teen pregnancy, infant mortality, and cardiovascular disease. She is a professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and has held senior leadership roles in hospitals and health nonprofits, including Operation Smile Inc., Physicians for Peace, and Sentara Healthcare.

Dr. Remley earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, an MPH at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her MD from University of Missouri in Kansas City. She completed her pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr. MD, MPH, FACS

Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, is a widely respected surgeon and public health expert. As founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center, Dr. Rogers is building an interdisciplinary team of specialists to treat patients who suffer injury from life-threatening events, such as car crashes, serious falls and gun violence. His team works with leaders in the city's trauma network to expand trauma care on the South Side.

Dr. Rogers has served in leadership capacities at health centers across the country, including most recently as vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Rogers has also served as the chair of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and as the division chief of trauma, burns and surgical critical care at Harvard Medical School. While at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), he helped launch the Center for Surgery and Public Health to understand the nature, quality and utilization of surgical care nationally and internationally. 
Additionally, as executive vice president for community health engagement, Dr. Rogers works with faculty across the University of Chicago as well as members of the community to develop a multidisciplinary approach to trauma care and health disparities. His work will help enhance the understanding of social factors that affect victims of violence and underserved populations, in addition to identifying approaches necessary to achieving better outcomes for trauma victims.

Dr. Rogers' clinical and research interests focus on understanding the healthcare needs of underserved populations. He has published numerous articles relating to health disparities and the impact of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes.

Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD

Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD, is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed her medical and surgical training at Stanford University. During her time there, she also obtained a PhD with a focus on how gender stereotypes impact women training to become surgeons. She is an advisor to 500 Women in Medicine, and she is a founding member of TIME'S UP Healthcare.

Dinee Simpson, MD

Dr. Dinee Simpson is Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.  She is also the founding Director of the Northwestern Medicine African American Transplant Access Program, an initiative of the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center.   Under Dr. Simpson’s leadership, the program has committed to a campaign to eliminate transplant disparities for underserved residents of the greater Chicagoland area in relation to transplant care for kidney and liver disease.  Through the development of a deeper understanding of the historical barriers and cultural concerns of the African American community, the program aims to overcome these obstacles through community partnership and community based participatory research.


Dr. Simpson completed her undergraduate study at Colgate University.  Immediately following graduation she spent several years in New York City as a research analyst.  In this position she investigated consumer’s behaviors of seeking online health information in the setting of direct-to-consumer advertising, with a special focus on how health-information seeking patterns differed by ethnicity and culture. 


Dr. Simpson then transitioned from industry to pursue a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine, following with surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School.  Upon completion of residency, she completed a 2 year fellowship in Abdominal Transplant Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Dr. Simpson’s clinical focus includes liver, kidney and pancreas transplants.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Simpson also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.  Dr. Simpson has a passion to establish equity in access to transplantation amongst minority populations through outreach, education, and disparities research. 


Dr. Simpson has been featured in many media outlets to include the Chicago Tribune, Windy City Live, ABC7 News, Fox32 News, WGN Channel 9, The Chicago Defender, Global Mixx the Workshop and StartTV.

Michael Sinha, MD, JD, MPH

Dr. Sinha graduated from Dartmouth College, followed by MD and JD degrees from Southern Illinois University in 2012 and an MPH degree in Law and Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015. He trained in internal medicine in Connecticut and Boston prior to joining the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) at Brigham and Women's Hospital as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. Since 2018, he has worked as a Research Fellow at the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Sinha is a nationally recognized speaker on gender equity in law and medicine and has published extensively in legal and medical journals. His most recent publications on gender equity with Dr. Julie Silver (Associate Professor at HMS) can be found in PM&R, EClinicalMedicine, and the Doximity blog. With Dr. Silver, he co-authored and shepherded the passage of comprehensive gender equity policy at the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS); they are currently working with the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) to pass similar gender equity policy across all state medical societies. Dr. Sinha is a member of AMWA, the AMA Women Physicians Section, the MMS Women Physicians Section Task Force, and the HMS Joint Committee on the Status of Women. You can find Dr. Sinha on Twitter supporting @WIMSummit #WIMStrongerTogether and #HeForShe #WomenInMedicine: @DrSinhaEsq

Katherine Tynus, MD, FACP

Dr. Tynus is a primary care physician with Northwestern Medical Group and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a leader in academic and organized medicine.


After graduating from Northwestern University, where she majored in communication studies, Dr. Tynus earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois and completed her internal medicine residency at Loyola University. 


She's had a long career in academic medicine, leading a successful transitional year residency program for 14 years and earning Gold and Silver Apple teaching awards at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL. Dr. Tynus  serves on the ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee since 2017 and is former co-chair of the Council of Transitional Year Program directors. She wrote board exam questions as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee from 2010 to 2018. 


Active in organized medicine, Dr. Tynus is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Medical Society and is former President of the Chicago Medical Society. She is an alternate delegate to the AMA’s House of of Delegates and is on the AMA’s Speaker’s Panel for Practice Transformation and the STEPS ForwardTM  Program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served as chair of the Education Committee for the ACP's Northern Illinois Chapter.


She is married, has two children, five step-children, two dogs, a cockatoo and a guinea pig.  She appears monthly on the Patti Vasquez show on WGN radio 720 am for Wellness Wednesdays.

Thomas Varghese, MD, MS

Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, and an Associate Professor (Tenure-track) in the department of Surgery at the University of Utah.  Dr. Varghese holds national leadership positions in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, and Surgical Outcomes Club. He is co-chair of the Association of Women Surgeons #HeforShe Taskforce, and a health services researcher who helped create the American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery program (https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/strong-for-surgery ) and has RO1 funding from the National Cancer Institute on the role of Precision Exercise Prescription (PEP) for elective lung cancer surgical resection. Tom spends his free time with his family, as well as actively engaging on social media via Twitter (@tomvarghesejr )

Monica Vela, MD

Monica Vela,MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, and Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs (Pritzker School of Medicine has been named as a recipient of the University of Chicago’s 2019 Diversity Leadership Award in recognition of her contributions to diversity and inclusion at the University and in the broader community. Dr. Vela received her award at a January 15 on campus reception and was honored during the University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Vela has had a major impact increasing cultural diversity in medicine and improving minority health. Her innovative work spans the continuum of medical education from high school students to faculty and has bolstered the Pritzker School of Medicine’s stature as a national model for teaching about the impact of health care disparities .

Dr. Vela has served as the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity within the Department of Medicine since 2006. As such, she chairs the Department’s Diversity Committee and also directs the Minority Visiting Clerkship Program (MCVP) to enhance minority student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine.

As Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Vela is one of the University’s most ardent supporters of minority medical students. Within the Pritzker School of Medicine curriculum, Dr. Vela implemented an innovative course on health care disparities that contributed to a significantly increased enrollment of URM students at the University of Chicago in the year following its introduction and that increased enrollment continues to this day.    She has also introduced several measures to maintain the level of diversity at Pritzker. 

Dr. Vela has a strong national reputation as an educational leader in the area of teaching health disparities and the disparities curriculum has been emulated at other institutions.

April Walkup

April Walkup concentrates her practice in the areas of healthcare counseling and litigation as well as employment law. She focuses on addressing the diverse legal issues that arise throughout the course of her clients’ daily business, both in the healthcare industry and beyond. She prides herself on being able to counsel her clients on all of their business needs, including aggressively defending their interests through trial, if needed. With more than 20 years of experience, April recognizes that quick and efficient solutions allow clients to address crises. She also partners with them to implement systemic changes to minimize the possibility of future obstacles.

On behalf of her health care clients, she addresses issues that include, but are not limited to:

  • regulatory and statutory compliance

  • human research

  • religious objections to treatment



  • consent to treatment

  • advance directives

  • statutory claims of privilege

  • credentialing

In her employment practice, she:

  • helps draft and implement internal policies and procedures, including: employee handbooks, anti-harassment policies and job applications;

  • participates in decision-making related to disciplinary and termination issues;

  • advises on overtime and wage laws and their application to particular work forces;

  • drafts employment agreements and severance agreements;

  • conducts investigations of internal claims of workplace harassment, sexual assault, hostile work environment and discrimination

April practices before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, IDHR, IHRC, Office of the Inspector General, Illinois Department of Labor, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. She also represents physicians, medical providers, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacies in disciplinary proceedings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

April Walkup concentrates her practice in the areas of healthcare counseling and litigation as well as employment law. She focuses on addressing the diverse legal issues that arise throughout the course of her clients’ daily business, both in the healthcare industry and beyond. She prides herself on being able to counsel her clients on all of their business needs, including aggressively defending their interests through trial, if needed. With more than 20 years of experience, April recognizes that quick and efficient solutions allow clients to address crises. She also partners with them to implement systemic changes to minimize the possibility of future obstacles.

On behalf of her health care clients, she addresses issues that include, but are not limited to:

  • regulatory and statutory compliance

  • human research

  • religious objections to treatment



  • consent to treatment

  • advance directives

  • statutory claims of privilege

  • credentialing

In her employment practice, she:

  • helps draft and implement internal policies and procedures, including: employee handbooks, anti-harassment policies and job applications;

  • participates in decision-making related to disciplinary and termination issues;

  • advises on overtime and wage laws and their application to particular work forces;

  • drafts employment agreements and severance agreements;

  • conducts investigations of internal claims of workplace harassment, sexual assault, hostile work environment and discrimination

April practices before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, IDHR, IHRC, Office of the Inspector General, Illinois Department of Labor, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. She also represents physicians, medical providers, nurses, pharmacists and pharmacies in disciplinary proceedings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Michaela West, MD, PhD

Michaela West, MD, PhD, FACS, FCCM is an Emeritus Professor Surgery, the Trauma Research Chair at North Memorial Health, an Adjunct Professor Surgery University of Minnesota, an author of more than 200 peer review articles and an accomplished researcher with 18 years of continuous NIH grant support. She is Founding Member of Time’s Up Healthcare and also serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Surgical Infection Society, where she also served as, President. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 35 years.


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