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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Frank M Castillo, MD

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 adul...

Gail Lynn Patrick, MD

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.

Cherise N Russo, DO

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.

Michael K Rakotz, MD

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 HeartsĀ® 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).

Dorothy A Dschida, MD

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.

Deborah L Edberg, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Our residency program is one of the "Original Eleven" HRSA funded Teaching Health Center residency programs designed to revolutionize GME funding to prioritize increasing the primary care physician work force in our country. We focus on promoting training in underserved primary care and curricular advances specifically in leadership and scholarship training. My interests are residency education, leadership and underserved medicine.

Anuj Kumar Shah, MD

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.

John L Gatta, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Gatta is a quanitative methodologist, specializing in building capacity within organizations to engage in research, evaluation, and quality improvement efforts. He is the Director of Research for the Department of Family & Community Medicine, and serves as course director for intermediate and advanced biostatistics courses offered through the Graduate School.

Jeffrey M Panzer, MD

Clinical Instructor of Family and Community Medicine

Family physician at Erie Family Health Center.

Santina J G Wheat, MD, MPH

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

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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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