Program DirectorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Rita Rossi-Foulkes (Program Director) completed her Medicine-Pediatrics residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1993. She received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Science and Research from Rush in 2003. Before accepting the position of Program Director here in 2006, she was the Associate Program Director and later Program Director at Rush for almost ten years. Dr. Rossi-Foulkes academic and clinical interests include Transition Care (care for adolescents and young adults with chronic childhood conditions), promoting cultural competence, reducing health care disparities, and promoting resilience. Dr. Rossi-Foulkes is the founder and director of Med-Peds PATHways (Program for Adolescent and young Adult Transition to Health).
Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Faculty PreceptorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. Sachin D. Shah is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed his Medcine-Pediatrics residency at the University of Rochester and provides comprehensive primary care to adults and children of all ages. He also serves as Associate Chief Medical Information Officer of UChicago Medicine, where his work focuses on digital health, population health, value-based care, and patient engagement. He has expertise in ambulatory operations, clinical decision support, chronic disease and wellness registries, care gap analysis, quality improvement, and analytics.
Dr. Shah is a faculty preceptor at our combined Med-Peds clinic and sees his own patients with the Primary Care Group. Dr. Shah is active in resident and medical student education and enjoys working in both the outpatient and inpatient setting, where he emphasizes patient-centered care, clinical reasoning, and evidence-based practice.
Associate Professor of Med-Peds Research, Faculty PreceptorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. Valerie Press is an Associate Professor of Medicine-Pediatrics and is the Executive Medical Director of Specialty Value-Based Care at the University of Chicago. She completed her MD and MPH (Health Management and Policy) at the University of Michigan in 2004, her Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago in 2008, and her Hospital Scholars Health Services Research fellowship at the U of C in 2010. She was a hospitalist for over 8 years. Currently she is a faculty preceptor in our combined Med-Peds clinic and attends on the wards. She is an R01 funded health services research focused on the use of behavioral randomized trials and implementation science research methods to develop, evaluate, and implement patient and system level interventions to improve the quality of care provided to patients with chronic diseases, with a focus on asthma and COPD. She also has a focus on medical education having completed the U of C’s MERITS program. She is the social sciences track leader for the medical school’s longitudinal Scholarship and Discovery Program, among other medical school roles.
Associate Program Director, Faculty PreceptorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. Anna Volerman completed her Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital in 2013. She served as the chief resident during her final year. She joined University of Chicago and currently provides primary care to both adults and children. Her academic interests include medical education and health care delivery. She also leads community-based initiatives to develop health and wellness programs in local schools.
Executive Medical Director of Accountable Care, Faculty PreceptorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. George Weyer completed his Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the University of Chicago Medicine in 2014. He joined University of Chicago faculty following graduation. He is a preceptor at our combined Med-Peds clinic and sees patients of all ages within the Primary Care Group. His academic interests include quality improvement, population health and health care delivery innovation. He is actively engaged in UCM’s efforts to adapt to novel healthcare reimbursement models and serves as the associate director for population management within the Primary Care Group.
Assistant Program Director, Faculty PreceptorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. Nabil Abou Baker completed his Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency training at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ in 2017. He served as the Chief Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Resident during his final year. He previous research work has focused on understanding factors in transitions of care from pediatrics to internal medicine for patients with chronic childhood illnesses such as asthma, sickle cell disease, HIV, diabetes, hypertension, pediatric trauma, and seizure disorders.
Currently, he works as a primary care physician in the Primary Care Group and as a faculty preceptor to the Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residents and Internal Medicine Residents. He serves as a course director for the Internal Medicine Urgent Care Course. In addition, Dr. Abou Baker serves as one of the faculty members in the Med-Peds PATHways program.
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics/Section Chief, General Internal MedicineUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine / Pediatrics
Dr. Deborah Burnet has a variety of research and clinical interests, particularly in the area of disease prevention. She is currently involved in research to examine the effectiveness of community-based programs to halt the rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes in African-American youth.
As a leader in academic medicine, Dr. Burnet is also dedicated to improving medical education by training physicians on cultural competence as well as clinical topics.
Assistant Professor, Faculty PreceptorUniversity of Chicago: Department of MedicineInternal Medicine/Pediatrics
Dr. Harita Shah is a primary care physician and Medicine-Pediatrics preceptor in the Primary Care Group. She completed Medicine-Pediatrics residency through the Johns Hopkins Urban Health program in 2020. Dr. Shah’s academic interests include community-based participatory research to address disparities in access to care, particularly among Latinx immigrant communities. Her work has included directing public health initiatives that combine community-based outreach and social marketing campaigns to improve access to HIV prevention, and more recently, COVID-19 testing and vaccination for Latinx populations.