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Clinical Corner: Internal Medicine Chairperson, U.S.News Rankings

Rush Appoints New Chairperson of Internal Medicine

In September, Jochen Reiser, MD, PhD, became chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush.

An internationally well-regarded researcher and clinician, Reiser comes to Rush from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, where he was the Peggy and Harold Katz Chair in Vascular Biology and Kidney Disease; professor of medicine, anatomy and cell biology; vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine; and chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. He also created the Peggy and Harold Katz Family Drug Discovery Institute and served as its founding director. In April 2012, he was named interim chairman of medicine.

Reiser earned his medical and doctoral degrees in Germany before completing a residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a fellowship in nephrology at Harvard Medical School, where he then served as assistant professor. An experienced researcher whose current projects are funded by three grants from the National Institutes of Health, he holds 10 patents and has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles.

Reiser replaced Stuart Levin, MD, who served as chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine for 21 years.

Rush Ranks in 11 of 16 Specialties in U.S.News & World Report

In its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, U.S.News & World Report ranked Rush among the top 50 programs in the country in 11 of 16 specialties, an increase from 10 last year. Rush’s ranked specialties include the following:

  • Orthopedics, No. 11
  • Geriatrics, No. 12
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery, No. 17
  • Nephrology, No. 18
  • Heart and Heart Surgery, No. 21
  • Urology, No. 22
  • Gastroenterology, No. 44
  • Ear, Nose and Throat, No. 46
  • Gynecology, No. 46
  • Pulmonology, No. 47
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology, No. 49

Rush ranked higher than any other program in Illinois in orthopedics, geriatrics and nephrology. Nephrology and urology achieved significant improvements in their rankings; the heart and heart surgery, geriatrics, diabetes and endocrinology, and gastroenterology programs also showed improved performance from last year to this year.

Of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only 148 — or about 3 percent — scored high enough this year to rank in even one specialty. To determine the rankings, U.S.News uses a formula that weighs factors such as mortality, breadth of services, available technology, quality-related measures, peer physician reputation and noteworthy recognitions.


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