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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Family & Community Medicine

Training future generations of family physicians.

Why Choose Family Medicine?

Family medicine physicians provide comprehensive, continuous healthcare to all members of the family throughout the course of their lives. By building relationships based on communication and respect, these physicians gain a deeper understanding of the whole person, including the range of physical, emotional and socioeconomic factors that influence a person’s health status.

The Department of Family & Community Medicine integrates biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to train our physicians to provide outstanding levels of patient-centered and culturally appropriate care.

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Education

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Michael F Fleming

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Fleming’s research and training programs have focused on testing behavioral interventions in community-based primary care practices. He has also published dozens of studies on phospholipids, alcohol biomarkers, chronic pain, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, pharmacotherapy trials, epidemiological studies and educational interventions.

Jeffrey M Panzer

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Family physician at Erie Family Health Center.

Adam W Bennett

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

I practice primary care sports medicine, a newer field geared towards the non-surgical management of muskuloskeletal complaints. Currently a team physician for the Chicago Bears (NFL) and US Soccer Men's National Team.

Dorothy A Dschida

Lecturer of Family and Community Medicine

I am currently an assistant program director with the NW Family Medicine residency program. In this position I supervise our residents on the inpatient adult and newborn services. My clinical areas of interest include women's health, obstetrics, and urban underserved medicine.

Anuj Kumar Shah

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Shah is an Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at Erie Family Health Center-Humboldt Park. He practices full spectrum family medicine at Erie, a federally qualified health center on the west side of Chicago. Dr. Shah has completed fellowships in both Faculty Development and Integrative Medicine, and a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Community Medicine. His interests include providing high-quality, compassionate primary care in underserved populations with a focus on affordable, holistic approaches to care for the body, mind, spirit, and community.

Gail Lynn Patrick

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Patrick works with Asian Human Services Family Health Center, a federally-qualified health center, in West Ridge.

Santina J G Wheat

Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

I am currently a core faculty member of the Northwestern Family Medicine residency program. In this position I supervise our residents on OB service, in outpatient clinic, and during their HIV training. I also oversee their training in procedures and assist in the research curriculum My clinical areas of interest include women's health, obstetrics, and urban underserved medicine

Michael K Rakotz

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Rakotz oversees efforts to prevent cardiovascular disease for the American Medical Association. A practicing family physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Rakotz recently served as the Director of Population Health and Virtual Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group. In 2014, his office was one of 30 sites in the U.S.to earn the designation as a Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champion. In addition to his position in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, he is a Fellow for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT).

Frank M Castillo

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

My career has been steeped in medical student teaching, even during the years I served as the Medical Head of the Department of Family Medicine at Erie Family Health Center. The arrival of the McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program to our Federally Qualified Health Center—making us one of the inaugural Teaching Health Centers in the country—has re-energized my passion for teaching and re-directed my efforts to try to inspire young and impressionable medical students to consider Family Medicine as a career direction. My clinical focus has gravitated toward the underserved Latino older adult po...

Cherise N Russo

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

My primary clinical interest is grounded in primary care sports medicine. My clinical interests include caring for endurance athletes, athletes who suffer from concussions, and athletes affected by the female athlete triad. I also actively practice osteopathic manipulative techniques to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunction.

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Our multiple affiliated care sites offer unique training experiences and comprehensive patient care.

Housestaff Research Portal

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Department of Family & Community Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents, faculty and staff and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success.

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