Innovative Physician-Scientists Honored


NorthShore President and CEO Mark R. Neaman (left), John M. Lee, MD, and Jay L. Goldstein, MD

A gastroenterologist who wants to expand research into liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease and women’s health. A neuropathologist who wants to come up with possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury.

Leading NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) physician-scientists Jay L. Goldstein, MD, and John M. Lee, MD, PhD, received Endowed Chairs—the highest honor in academic medicine—at a recent Investiture Ceremony honoring their commitment to their respective fields.

Dr. Goldstein, Vice Chairman of Medicine and Division Head of Gastroenterology, and Dr. Lee, Attending Pathologist and Residency Program Director in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine were lauded by donors, physicians, care providers and administrative leaders who celebrated the work of the honorees and recognized the generous donors who make Endowed Chairs possible.
Dr. Goldstein was invested in the Roy F. Kehl Chair of Gastroenterology while Dr. Lee was invested in the Board of Directors/Ivan S. Ciric, MD, Chair of Neurosciences. “These honorees join an elite group of the finest physician-scientists in the nation,” said Murray Ancell, Executive Director of NorthShore Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity and vision of our donors who have made this recognition possible. Their support enables NorthShore to continue to be successful in our mission to preserve and improve human life.”

“Beyond delivering compassionate, patient focused, specialized clinical care, I believe that the NorthShore system provides a conducive environment for advancing medical knowledge and research,” said Dr. Goldstein. “My goal over the next several years is to work with our faculty to develop and expand our research programs in the areas of inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and women’s health.” Dr. Goldstein said he also hopes to work with investigators at NorthShore to develop a program that integrates the science of genetics into the arena of clinical practice. “I would also like to build on an existing strong collaborative relationship with the Department of Surgery to ensure a meaningful continuum of care for our patients.”

Dr. Lee spoke about the ongoing collaboration between Pathology and the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology. “We want to understand and come up with possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and work to understand Parkinson’s disease and its relationship and overlap with Alzheimer’ disease. Recently, understanding the relationship between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s has also become a very important area of needed research as well.”

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