The attending physicians on our service who provide this care have specialized training and are experts at diagnosing medical, neurological, obstetrical, and psychiatric disorders and distinguishing between them. Several attending physicians have training in internal medicine or primary care as well as in psychiatry. They also have expertise at the interface between these different disciplines. Our attending physicians are also specialists at the use of psychotropic medication in medical, surgical, neurological and obstetrical patients, as well as the use of psychosocial interventions to optimize care for patients dealing with the stresses of hospitalization.
Stephanie Cavanaugh, MD
Cavanaugh is professor and director of the Section of Psychiatry and Medicine. Cavanaugh has spent her career at the interface between psychiatry and medicine. She is also director of the Section of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Cavanaugh founded the combined internal medicine and psychiatry residency training program at Rush University in 1995. She has extensive experience educating residents and medical students in psychiatry, internal medicine/psychiatry, neurology, medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine.
Cavanaugh has published 60 mostly first-authored papers and given numerous national and international lectures on the diagnosis and treatment of depression in the medically ill; use of psychotropic drugs in the medically Ill; teaching non-psychiatric trainees to care for the psychosocial problems of their patients; integrated medical and psychiatric care for depressed diabetics; emergency psychiatry; and peripartum and other disorders at the interface between psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology. Cavanaugh is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Most recently, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
Howard M. Kravitz, DO, MPH
Kravitz is the Stanley G. Harris Family Professor of Psychiatry and professor of preventive medicine. He completed his fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Rush University Medical Center. As an attending with the psychiatry/medicine service, he provides skillful clinical supervision for trainees. His experience in psychosomatic medicine and research provides trainees with expert knowledge in evaluating evidence-based articles in psychosomatic medicine. His areas of interest and expertise include psychiatric epidemiology and sleep medicine. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the Rush site of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multicenter study of menopause and aging in the United States.
He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Aging) for the past two decades for research on depression, anxiety and sleep. Kravitz is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Charles Hebert, MD
Hebert is dually trained in internal medicine and psychiatry and has joint appointments in the departments of internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University. In addition to being an attending psychiatrist on the psychiatry/medicine service, he is also a hospitalist in internal medicine. Hebert is a gifted clinician and teacher who treats a wide array of emotional and behavioral problems that emerge in patients with medical, surgical, gynecologic and neurologic illness. His research interests include the impact that physical illness has on mental health and the relationship between resilience, social support, coping and emotional distress. He is also interested in the impact these factors can have on physiology and on the onset, course and outcome of medical disease. Hebert completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He completed a five-year combined residency training program in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center
Cathleen Gould, MD
Gould has returned to Rush after seven years in the Harvard system to be an attending physician with the psychiatry/medicine service. Prior to that, she completed medical school and a medical internship at Rush. While at Harvard, she did her residency at the combined training program of Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. After completing her residency she worked on the trauma disorder unit at McLean as an inpatient attending psychiatrist. She also had an outpatient practice in women’s psychiatric health and young adults. She taught medical students and residents in the Harvard system. She brings her expertise in teaching medical students and residents and in young adults’ and women’s health. She is interested in quality improvement and will be involved the delirium quality improvement program for the psychiatric/medicine service.
Zachary Kordik, MD
Kordik completed his psychiatric residency at Rush and has joined the psychiatry/medicine service as an attending physician. Kordik spends the other half of his time treating patients with addictions and alcohol and substance abuse. With these groups he uses his expertise in pharmacological interventions as well as individual and group psychotherapies. This expertise is valuable in treating the numerous patients in the psychiatry/medicine service with alcohol and substance use disorders. His knowledge in this area is critical for clinical and didactic training for medical students and residents on the service. He is board-certified in psychiatry and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association as well as the Illinois Psychiatric Society, where he sits on the IPS Addictions Committee. Before completing his psychiatry residency training at Rush, Kordik received his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Kirk Harris, MD
Harris is trained in both internal medicine and psychiatry. In addition to providing psychiatric consultation with the psychiatry/medicine service, he also integrates internal medicine and psychiatry in an outpatient geriatric practice. Harris has many interests, including pain management, unexplained medical symptoms and conditions at the interface of medicine and psychiatry. He graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in psychology/biopsychology and earned his MD at the Penn State College of Medicine. Prior to his medical training he participated in research at the Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center.