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


Our educational programs provide training in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Prevention and management of acute injuries and illnesses
  • Health and wellness promotion and education
  • Hospital care for acute medical illnesses
  • Chronic disease management
  • Management of physical, emotional and socioeconomic factors influencing a person’s health status and care
  • Maternity care
  • Well-child care and child development
  • Primary mental health care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Supportive and end-of-life care for individuals

Meet Our Newest Residents

Evan Wittke, MD

Class of 2021

Evan has a strong commitment to serving vulnerable and marginalized populations. Throughout medical school he volunteered with the Homeless Ministry providing mobile health care to this at risk population. He also volunteered medical services and mentorship in an overnight shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. He worked with a medical student organization providing mentorship and education to at risk high school students in the community interested i pursuing careers in health care. He served in a leadership role for a LGBTQ student run interest group and served on the admissions and recruitment committee for his school. Time he spent working in a HIV clinic sparked an interest in him to continue working with the HIV population. He speaks some Spanish.

Kevin Volkema, DO

Class of 2021

Kevin is committed to caring for vulnerable populations as demonstrated by his extensive volunteer and leadership work at his school's student run free clinic as well as serving on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua earning him the community service TOUCH award 2 years in a row. He served as the Vice President of his school's Student Osteopathic Medical Association and helped to coordinate curriculum around advocacy and fundraising. He speaks Spanish well.

Oanh Truong, MD

Class of 2021

Oanh immigrated from Vietnam with her family at a young age and grew up in Louisiana. Her back-ground inspired her commitment to addressing health disparities and serving vulnerable communities both in the US and abroad. She was an active volunteer in her medical school's clinic for the homeless population and participated in medical mission trips exploring and addressing disparities in underserved communities in Vietnam, Peru, Guatemala, and Haiti. She served as the President of her school's "Tiger Cubs", and organization which mentors at-risk youth in the community who aspire to careers in health care. She participated in a service learning program that explored leadership and quality improvement in care coordination at community health centers. She worked as a student advocate helping to educate Asian American and Pacific Islander communities of policies and civil rights issues impacting them and advocating for them on a legislative level. She is fluent in Vietnamese.

Julian Sacca-Schaeffer, MD

Class of 2021

Julian is a native of NYC with a strong interest in community health and underserved care. He was a student leader for an after school program for elementary and middle school children helping with health and safety community education. He belonged to his school's family medicine interest group and volunteered at the community free clinic serving uninsured and undocumented immigrant populations. He is a musician who has used his musical skills to explore health and wellness through music and art. He speaks Spanish well.

Ari Pence, MD

Class of 2021

We loved Ari when she rotated with us. She has an extensive background in leadership. While in medical school she served as the Family Medicine Interest Group leader, the student government president and she founded THRIVE, a health and wellness program designed to introduce medical students to positive ways to cope with the extensive stressors of medical education. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her commitment to community outreach, pre-med and medical student education and humanism in medicine. Prior to medical school she served as a associate visiting instructor to the University of Illinois teaching about social determinants of health and health disparities. She designed and led a study abroad course in Australia to teach undergraduates about the health and societal disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous Australian populations. During medical school, she was a teaching assistant in multiple classes and led multiple student volunteer activities earning her many awards. She is fluent in Spanish.

Lauren Knazze, MD

Class of 2021

Lauren ia a native Chicagoan who was a member of her school's Urban Health Program that teaches leadership skills to people interested in advancing health equity and addressing health disparities. She has participated in research related to diabetes and gestational diabetes and has served as a mentor to multiple high school students interested in pursuing medicine as a career. She speaks some Spanish.

Yasmine Goelzer, MD

Class of 2021

Yasmine served as a leader in her school's Med-Peds Interest Group. She volunteered at the school's free clinic and volunteered on medical mission trips to both Guatemala and Chile. Prior to medical school she spent a year as a chemistry teacher in a boarding school in Jordan followed by collaborating with elementary school teachers in developing science lessons while in college. She used her experience with education in medical school as an evaluator of the M1 student curriculum helping to develop improvements. She is fluent in Spanish and French and has served as a medical interpreter in both languages.

Ahmad Abdl-Haleem, DO

Class of 2021

Ahmad is a National Health Service Scholar with a life long dedication to caring for vulnerable and underserved populations. During Medial school he served on the board of the Muslim Student Association through which he helped to coordinate health care for underserved refugee populations. He also volunteered at the student run free clinic. In 2009, he traveled with a human rights organization to the Gaza strip where, in addition to assisting in providing health care, he helped transport and assemble playground equipment for children impacted by the ongoing unrest in that area. He speaks some Spanish.

Whitney Vuong, DO

Class of 2021

Whitney joins Northwestern while being actively involved in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Family Osteopathic Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association. Recently, Whitney received the TOUCH Service Award for her outstanding commitment to volunteerism. She has been committed to the AmeriCorps National Health Corps by serving at Erie Family Health as well as implementing and teaching health improving curriculum/nutrition education at various public schools. She also had a fulfilling experience being a camp leader at the Homeless Community Outreach in Des Moines, Iowa. Whitney chose Northwestern as her residency training program to not only challenge herself, but also to train in providing care that is transformative to the individual and the community at large. Whitney joins Northwestern while being actively involved in the her hobbies include cooking and volunteering.

Christina Salazar, DO

Class of 2021

Christina joins Northwestern with a passion for patient advocacy, education, empathy, and providing compassionate care as a primary care provider. In addition, her passion for helping the underserved has led her on two mission trips to Nicaragua and Honduras. With a background in Anthropology, she has an ability to understand cross-cultural perspectives in healthcare and has expanded her knowledge of the field of medicine beyond the basic sciences. Christina has been active in the Student National Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association. She was also involved in the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society during her undergraduate studies and graduated Cum Laude from Dominican University. Christina looks forward to joining Northwestern to provide holistic, patient-first centered care. Her hobbies include dance, travel, medical missions trips, photography, and cultural anthropology.

Samuel Randall, MD

Class of 2021

Samuel is returning “home” to northern Illinois. He is enthusiastic to provide care to a diverse patient population and has an interest in focusing on interdisciplinary cooperation and prevention. Samuel’s volunteer work includes working on quality improvement projects in public health departments by reviewing vaccination rates and emergency preparedness policies. He has also volunteered in healthcare facilities to assist with improving hospital policies that increase safety for both health care providers and patients. His hard work and dedication has been recognized through many awards including graduating Summa Cum Laude as well as being involved in Phi Beta Kappa (International Honors Society), Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language Honors Society), Phi Theta Kappa (Academic Honors Society), WHSO (World Health Student Organization) and Aesculapians Honor Society (an honor society of Wayne State University where medical students are dedicated to service, extracurricular activities, and the betterment of the city of Detroit). A few of his hobbies include hiking, playing piano, reading, and yoga.

Alicia Pereslucha, MD

Class of 2021

Alicia has been very active in her medical school including volunteering to be a student mentor to first year medical students, developing curriculum to further enhance health disparity preparedness and cultural competency for students, being a tobacco cessation facilitator, and various other roles to better the education of medical students. Alicia has been active within the community. She conducted research in order to address the lack of local-level health data in the Chicagoland area. The goal was to document the health status of selected communities in hopes to develop health initiatives and policies that address health inequities. Her commitment and dedication has been recognized in numerous awards including the outstanding community service award for interprofessional clinic initiative and her nomination to represent the interprofessional clinic initiative at the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. The desire to practice preventive medicine and make a difference in the community is at the heart of Alicia’s passion for family medicine. Her interests include all things outdoors and being active. She enjoys playing disc golf with her husband.

Kajal Patel, MD

Class of 2021

During medical school, Kajal has been active in the American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, and American Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society. Kajal enjoys volunteering her time to tutor fellow students as well as being involved in the community through the Health Outreach program by providing health care services for the underserved and organizing community food drives/soup kitchens. A recent, rewarding trip with the Foundation for International Medical Relief allowed Kajal to travel to various rural communities in Peru to provide health and dental care services for the underserved. Kajal looks forward to expanding her knowledge and skills at Northwestern in order to improve the health and community of our patients. Her hobbies include long distance running, jigsaw puzzles, cooking, travel, and painting.

Brittney Nowicki, DO, MBS

Class of 2021

During medical school, Brittney received the Gold TOUCH Award and volunteers her time as a teaching assistant for numerous classes in Midwestern University’s MA programs. She is also actively involved in her school’s service fraternity. A continuous compliment Brittney receives is on her calm and welcoming demeanor which her patients appreciate. She strives to provide the best possible care to her patients and excited to be a part of the Northwestern team! Her hobbies include reading, music—both listening and performing, movies, crafts and cooking.

Michael Kraft, MD

Class of 2021

During medical school, Michael was the recipient of numerous awards including the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads scholarship, Innovative Education Student Fund Award, and Michigan Medicine Making a Difference Award. He volunteers his time as an editor for the Michigan Journal of Medicine and is passionate about healthcare technology and innovation. He hopes to assist patients using innovative technologies, by ensuring these tools are both successful and accessible to all, thus improving care for all. He also hopes to guide the field of healthcare innovation, particularly as it affects those in underserved communities. His interests include Medical Innovation and Technology, Computer Science, and Wood Working.

Jasser Khairallah, DO

Class of 2021

Jasser completed a year-long fellowship in medical education and clinical ultrasound during medical school. He was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the following awards and recognitions: National Health Service Corps Scholar, American Academy of Family Physicians Emerging Leaders Institute Scholar, A.T. Still University - Kirksville Student Doctor of the Year and the Humanitarian Award. Jasser was involved in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity where he became president of his local chapter. During his time in the service fraternity, he led many annual service projects. He was also actively involved with the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians student chapter where he was president as well. His interests include travel, photography, music, hosting dinner parties, roaming antique shops for items to refurbish and doing stand-up comedy.

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Graduate Research Resources

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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