Michael Reese Endowed Professors

Damiano Rondelli, MD - Michael Reese Professor of Hematology

Michael Reese Professor of Hematology

Damiano Rondelli MD 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

Michael Reese Professor of Urology

Gail Prins, PhD 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.

Dr Alan Schwartz, MS, PhD - Michael Reese Professor of Medical Education

Michael Reese Professor of Medical Education

Alan Schwartz PhDDr. Alan Schwartz joined department of medical education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1997 after receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology and MS in organizational behavior and industrial relations from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the psychology of decision making in both patients and physicians. In patients, his work has focused on risk perception, patient-physician fit, and the impact of non-medical goals on the evaluation of health states. In physicians, his work has focused on contextual errors in decision making and updating of beliefs when exposed to new evidence.

He has received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Application of Medical Decision Making Research, the Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education, the UIC Distinguished Researcher of the Year award, the UIC Honors College Fellow of the Year award, and three UIC teaching awards - including the Excellence in Teaching award, UIC's highest recognition for teaching.

Dr Stephen Roth - Michael Reese Professor of Anesthesiology

Michael Reese Professor of Anesthesiology

Steven Roth, MDDr Steven Roth is an anesthesiologist and clinician-scientist. He has performed pioneering research on why some patients suffer blindness after anesthesia and surgery, as well as understanding how the cells in the back of the eye (the retina) protect themselves from deprivation of oxygen, as occurs for example in diabetic retinopathy. In addition to developing the means to prevent visual loss associated with surgery and anesthesia, this work seeks to develop novel means to treat acquired blinding diseases of the retina and optic nerve. This endowment will support his ongoing research into the study of vision loss.

Dr Roth received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at New York University and a fellowship in neuroanesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic. After 29 years at the University of Chicago, where he worked his way up from assistant professor to tenured professor and a position as the director of the section of neuroanesthesia, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in 2015. He is currently a professor with tenure and associate head for faculty development in the department of anesthesiology, and professor of opthalmology.

He is also the director of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Task Force on Perioperative Blindness and served as the director of the ASA Scientific Advisory Committee. His research has been supported by, among others, the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, Glaucoma Research Foundation, Brain Research Foundation and the Illinois Society for Prevention of Blindness. He was also elected a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology.