By all measures, 2015 was another impressive year for Northwestern Medicine: we continued expansion of our health system, broke ground on new construction that will transform the face of the size and scope of our research program and during the latter part of the year, we welcomed two distinguished new department chairs.

Now, as we look back on the achievements of the last year and welcome new leaders to the Northwestern Medicine family, it’s also important to reflect on the values that lie at the heart of our shared Northwestern Medicine vision – access to world-class care informed by science and delivered with a focus on listening, empathy and caring.

In September, Maciej (Matt) Lesniak, MD, was named the Michael J. Marchese Professor and chair of the departments of Neurological Surgery at Feinberg and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Matt is a renowned neurosurgeon, with a well-deserved reputation for investigating and carrying out creative approaches to treat adults with both malignant and benign brain tumors. He is exactly the sort of innovative physician-scientist that embodies Northwestern Medicine’s ideals.

In December, Edward (Ted) M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD, joined Northwestern Medicine as chair of the departments of Urology at Feinberg and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. An internationally-recognized physician-scientist with deep expertise in urologic oncology, he conducts leading-edge research on the molecular biology of lethal prostate cancers. Ted represents an exciting and dynamic addition to our clinical and research efforts, which are already well-known for their excellence.

Throughout 2015, our health system continued to evolve and become more integrated to serve our patients. We welcomed KishHealth System into the Northwestern Medicine family, later in the spring we look forward to Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital joining Northwestern Medicine and construction continues on the new Lake Forest Hospital, scheduled for completion by the fall of 2017.

Of course, the construction of the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, which broke ground last May, is another landmark achievement for Northwestern Medicine, Northwestern University and the entire research enterprise. Over the next three years, as we watch this impressive new building take shape, we’ll also be planning for the new faculty, students and research programs that will be housed inside.

As our health system continues to grow, our shared mission and values remain consistent: Patients are at the core of everything we do. All of us – from physicians to nurses, faculty to staff – are working together to improve health.  Likewise, our unique partnership means that breakthrough discoveries are happening a stone’s throw away from the patient bedsides where those new treatments will be delivered.

We look forward to another year of impressive achievements in 2016, and are deeply grateful to our physicians, nurses, faculty, staff, students and trainees, without whom none of it would be possible.


With warm regards,


Eric G. Neilson, MD                                                          Dean M. Harrison

Vice President for Medical Affairs and                              President and CEO

Lewis Landsberg Dean                                                     Northwestern Memorial HealthCare