Damiano Rondelli, MD Michael Reese Professor of Hematology
In 2010, Dr. Rondelli readily agreed to the idea of performing a new stem cell transplant protocol on a sickle cell patient brought to him by MRREF board member Dr. Levinson. He completed the transplant in November 2011. Today, the patient is cured of sickle cell anemia. The patient is one of a small number of cured sickle cell patients nationally. This endowment will support Dr. Rondelli’s active involvement in further clinical research into allogeneic stem transplant as a sickle cell cure.
Dr. Rondelli received his medical degree from the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy and then completed his Residency and Fellowship in Hematology at the Institute of Hematology at the University of Bologna as well. He started his research on immunology of stem cell transplantation at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, WA. Before joining UIC, Dr. Rondelli served as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Bologna.
Gail Prins, PhD Michael Reese Professor of Urology
Investigating the molecular biology of the prostrate for more than two decades, Dr. Prins groundbreaking research reveals a connection between early exposure to BPA in plastics chemically similar to estrogen and genetic changes in the prostrate as it matures. Her presentation to the Chicago City Council in 2009 helped bring about a citywide ban on sales of cups and baby bottles containing BPA. This endowment will support her continuing efforts to research and educate in the hormonal control of prostatic development, growth and function.
Dr. Prins received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. She worked at Michael Reese Hospital for 13 years and served as Director of the Reproductive Biology Laboratory from 1987 to 1995. In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Prins was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Urology and Center for Reproductive Science at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A professor of physiology in the departments of both urology and physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois Chicago, Dr. Prins also serves as the Director of the University Andrology Laboratories there.
Alan Schwartz, MS, PhD Michael Reese Professor of Medical Education
Understanding, assessing, and improving medical decision making by both physicians and patients has been Dr Schwartz's focus throughout his career. Much of his work has focused on how patients' non-medical life goals and individual circumstances ought to affect their health care, and on identifying and correcting physicians' failures to individualize care. This endowment will support his ongoing research into shared and patient-centered decision making.
Dr Schwartz received his PhD in psychology and MS in business administration from UC Berkeley, and joined the faculty at UIC in 1997. He is currently Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Medical Education and Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Nationally, he is editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Decision Making, and Director of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Longitudinal Educational Assessment Research Network, a collaborative of 135 Pediatrics residency programs engaged in educational research. His work has been recognized by the Ray E. Helfer Award for innovation in Pediatric Education and the John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research.