New Leadership in Medical Education

Wayne Stepping Down, Green Named New Vice Dean, New Associate and Assistant Deans Named

Diane B. Wayne, MD, ’91, the Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medical Education, current Vice Dean for Medical Education, Chair of the Department of Medical Education, and President of McGaw Medical Center.

After more than 23 years of distinguished leadership in medical education and following a trailblazing six-year term at the helm of medical education, Diane B. Wayne, MD, ’91, the Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medical Education, has indicated she would like to step down as vice dean for medical education, chair of the Department of Medical Education, and president of McGaw Medical Center, effective September 1. A clinician-educator, she will continue serving on the faculty at Feinberg, as a physician in the Northwestern Medical Group, and as vice president of Human Resources at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

“We are tremendously grateful for Diane’s transformational leadership in reshaping our approach to undergraduate and graduate medical education and her tireless dedication to supporting all our trainees during her tenure as Vice Dean,” said Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean at Feinberg. “Her work has helped shape the current excellence and diversity at our medical school, and through other leadership roles during her remarkable career, has inspired a generation of physicians and trainees to aspire to their greatest potential.”

“I have cherished my time leading Medical Education at Feinberg. It has been my greatest honor to mentor such an outstanding group of students, trainees, educators, and the talented leadership team in AWOME,” said Wayne. “I am forever impacted by their dedication and passion, and know Northwestern will continue to train excellent patient-focused physicians and leaders in medicine.”

Green Named Vice Dean for Medical Education

Marianne Green, MD, senior associate dean and the Raymond H. Curry, MD, Professor of Medical Education, will succeed Wayne as Feinberg’s vice dean for medical education, chair of the Department of Medical Education, and president of McGaw Medical Center.

Marianne Green, MD, currently senior associate dean and the Raymond H. Curry, MD, Professor of Medical Education, will succeed Wayne as vice dean for medical education, chair of the Department of Medical Education, and president of McGaw Medical Center.

“We are so lucky Marianne is a perfect fit to serve as our new Vice Dean for Education based on her long record of excellence and innovation, her trusted leadership, and her extensive experience in medical education,” Neilson said. “I have full confidence she will effectively lead us through our LCME reaccreditation this Spring and continue moving forward our ambitious vision to train and develop the physicians and scientists who will transform the profession to impact human health beyond the individual patient.”

A practicing primary care clinician in the Northwestern Medical Group, Green started at Feinberg in 1997 as an instructor in the Department of Medicine, and has since served in many leadership roles, including associate program director of the McGaw Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program and director of the Primary Care Clerkship. She has been director of the combined baccalaureate-MD program and has also served as associate dean for medical education and Competency Achievement. She was also recently named co-director of the Center for Medical Education in Data Science and Digital Health within the Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine at Feinberg.

Green was elected previously as an inaugural member of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME) and has received numerous teaching awards, including the Excellence in Teaching award for her teaching of primary care students in the Department of Medicine and the George H. Joost Outstanding Teacher Award at Feinberg, nominated by first-year medical students.

Green completed her medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine and her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital at the Harvard Medical School. In 2014, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She now serves as Chair of the Board of the Directors, and is a former member of the ABIM Council, having previously serving as council director.

“I am excited to take on this next role where I will have the opportunity to work with an exceptionally talented group of leaders and educators to fulfill Feinberg’s mission to develop the next generation of healthcare leaders. Medicine is changing rapidly, and to keep pace we must equip our students and trainees to succeed in this evolving environment, that not only will include an emphasis on digital health, but also must take advantage of the passion and advocacy that this generation has for improving the inequities in our health care system.  Along with Dean Neilson, I am committed to creating an educational environment that provides opportunities for each and every learner based on passion and potential,” said Green.

More Transitions in Medical Education

Sanguino Named New Senior Associate Dean

Sandra Sanguino, ’93 MD, ’96 ’99 GME, MPH, associate dean for student affairs, will be elevated to senior associate dean for medical education.

Sandra Sanguino, ’93 MD, ’96 ’99 GME, MPH, currently associate dean for student affairs, will succeed Green as senior associate dean for medical education.

“As a medical student at Northwestern more than 25 years ago I never imagined I would have the opportunity to serve in the office of medical education of the medical school that so influenced my career.  It has truly been a privilege to serve as the student affairs dean for the last 11 years and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to work with our outstanding team of faculty and staff to innovate and enhance our undergraduate medical education program for our incredibly talented students,” Sanguino said.

Sanguino has been at Feinberg more than 25 years, starting with her medical degree, and followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. She has served on faculty since 1996, and has specialized in the career advising of medical students throughout her time at Feinberg. Sanguino was honored in 2017 with the Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA).

Goldstein Named New Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education

Joshua Goldstein, MD, GME ’02, has been elevated to senior associate dean for graduate medical education.

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to work with our exceptional residents, fellows, and program leaders in graduate medical education,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein, currently associate dean for graduate medical education and associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neurology and Epilepsy, has served on Feinberg’s faculty since 2002. In his clinical work, he focuses on pediatric neurocritical care especially as it pertains to epilepsy, status epilepticus, coma, brain injury, and neurophysiology. He received his medical degree from University of Rochester, along with a residency and internship at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital, and a clinical fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. As associate dean, Goldstein oversees all of McGaw’s residency and fellowship programs. He frequently publishes peer-reviewed research and commentary on the topics of graduate medical education and the treatment of pediatric patients with neurological conditions.

“As we start the new academic year, the team in Medical Education remains well-positioned to provide exceptional academic experiences to our outstanding students and trainees,” said Neilson.

New Assistant Deans Named in Medical Education

In recognition of their track record of distinction and accomplishment, three Feinberg faculty members were promoted to leadership positions in medical education: Khalilah Gates, MD, ’10 GME, Ike Okwuosa, MD, ’13 GME, and Linda Suleiman, MD, ’17 GME, have been named assistant deans of medical education.

Continuing the Journey for Change

Khalilah Gates, MD, ’10 GME, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and of Medical Education, has been named assistant dean of undergraduate medical education.

As assistant dean of medical education, Gates will be responsible for leading Feinberg’s faculty and student council on racism, justice and equity for the Augusta Webster, MD, Office of Medical Education (AWOME); reviewing curriculum in real-time for bias; educating faculty on best practices for discussing bias in education; representing Feinberg on Association of American Medical Colleges national committees for diversity and inclusion; serving as Feinberg’s Student National Medical Association chapter advisor; and being a mentor for students from underrepresented groups and an additional resource for confidential consultation about student concerns.

“I look forward to continuing to partner with the trainees and faculty as we work together to build a curriculum and a community that will have a long-lasting impact on Feinberg and our society,” said Gates, who is also an assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and of Medical Education. “As a community, we have faced a tumultuous three to four months; we have consistently banded together to protect and defend our patients, our colleagues and our community.  We have shown our commitment to each other and those we care for. I am excited to help lead Feinberg as we continue our journey for change in social justice, equity and advocacy.”

Gates earned her MD from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in 2003 and was a pulmonary and critical care medicine fellow at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center in 2010. Her clinical interests include pulmonary infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and sepsis. She is board certified in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a pulmonologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“As a pulmonologist in the COVID-19 era, Dr. Khaliah Gates has been one of my personal healthcare heroes. She is an outstanding clinician, one with a deep passion for elevating students’ knowledge and awareness of social determinants of health and the biased ways healthcare educators potentially contribute to disparities and unequal care,” said John Franklin, MD, MSc, MA, associate dean for diversity, inclusion and student support, as well as a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical Education and Surgery in the Division of Organ Transplantation. “Through her work with the Task Force on Inclusion and Bias, the Sustained Dialogue program, student undergraduate group liaisons, and her role as faculty advisor for the Student National Medical Association, she has proven leadership merit. Khaliah is personable and student focused and, most of all, she is a highly effective medical educator who is a wonderful addition to the Department of Medical Education.”

Advancing Mentorship

Ike Okwuosa, MD, ’13 GME, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, has been named assistant dean of medical education.

As assistant dean of medical education, Okwuosa will be responsible for helping Feinberg’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Daniel Hale Williams Society in outreach to applicants, interviews, and recruitments; serve as a mentor for medical students in research and community service; assist in development of pre-matriculation program; and serve as a mentor for students from underrepresented groups and as an additional resource for confidential consultation about student concerns.

“Northwestern is a major leader in medicine and the world is our audience, but Chicago is our home. I am excited knowing that I will lead initiatives to foster and bridge relationships with our communities, continue to advocate and promote diversity within our campus through existing initiatives such as the Daniel Hale Williams Society, and in collaboration with community partners develop programs that promote and stimulate medical interest in the underrepresented youth,” said Okwuosa, who is also an assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology.

Okwuosa received his MD from Georgetown University in 2010 and completed his internal medicine residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 2013 and fellowships in heart transplant and heart failure and cardiovascular disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2017. The same year, Okwuosa joined Feinberg’s faculty and also became a heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

“Dr. Okwuosa is an exceptional clinician, teacher and mentor who advocates passionately for his patients and trainees,” said Marianne Green, MD, senior associate dean for Medical Education and the Raymond H. Curry, MD, Professor of Medical Education. “He serves as one of the ‘college mentors; for the Feinberg class of 2022.  He is beloved by his students and goes out of his way to meet their needs.  With his new role, many more students will gain a wonderful ally.”

Equitable Medical Education and Clinical Care

Linda Suleiman, MD, ’17 GME, assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical Education, and director of diversity and inclusion at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, has been named assistant dean of medical education.

As assistant dean of medical education, Suleiman will manage policies and procedures related to diversity, inclusion and equity; work with individual programs on best practices for recruitment; serve as a liaison to national organizations and Historically Black Colleges and Universities on behalf of Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center; serve as a faculty advisor to McGaw’s Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Organization; develop and provide implicit bias training for all house staff as part of the Residents as Teachers and Leaders (RATL) program; serve on national task forces and groups related to graduate medical education diversity and inclusion; and as advocate for students and trainees from underrepresented groups.

“We are at an inflection point in medical education, as we are in our society at large. It is our duty as educators to ensure that our trainees are equipped to shape an equitable health care system. This starts with recognizing our own biases and how they may impact care delivery,” Suleiman said. “I am looking forward to promoting Feinberg’s policies and procedures related to diversity, equity and inclusion within our departments in addition to innovative research and education. I, like many of our medical students, residents and fellows have experienced racism, microaggressions, and bias; the feeling that you aren’t enough and you aren’t worthy must stop. I stand with our trainees and I am committed to ensuring that Northwestern continues on the trajectory toward equitable medical education and excellence in clinical care.”

Suleiman joined Feinberg’s faculty in 2018 as assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical Education and director of diversity and inclusion for graduate medical education. She earned her MD from Howard University in 2012 and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in 2017 and an adult hip and knee reconstruction and replacement fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in 2018. In addition to her academic roles, she is also an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement and adult reconstruction surgery at Northwestern Memorial.

“Dr. Suleiman is an advocate, a scholar and a thought leader,” Wayne said. “She has made an indelible impact on diversity and inclusion within graduate medical education at the McGaw Medical Center leading to historic highs in diversity among our residency training programs. I am delighted that the school has recognized her with this well-deserved promotion.”