Thank you for your interest in the Pain Management Fellowship Program of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. This is a one year program designed to provide expertise in evaluating and treating pain in a multidisciplinary framework.

As the flagship hospital of the Cook County Health and Hospital System, we are the major tertiary referral center within the system and provide care to a diverse population. We have a dedicated staff that takes pride in our hospital’s mission to help all our patients regardless of their ability to pay.

The Faculty of our program consists of board certified anesthesiologists who are further specialized in pain management. This core faculty is complemented by a Physiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist who work directly with fellows in the Clinic. On site rotations on the Acute Pain Service and within the Departments of Palliative Care and Neurology provide exposure to a varied and complex inpatient and outpatient population.

Our dynamic Clinic manages a wide assortment of pain disorders, including back pain, cancer pain, chronic regional pain syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, post surgical pain, and post laminectomy syndrome. We provide the latest in technology and employ techniques from different disciplines in our approach to pain management. We utilize a wide spectrum of modalities, from the latest interventional procedure to alternative medical techniques such as acupuncture.

We are expanding our capacity to perform clinical research and have multiple ongoing projects. Our faculty encourages participation in their ongoing research and supports the individual academic interest of the fellows. This research opportunity combined with a rich clinical experience renders the graduate of our program well qualified to practice in any setting they would desire.

Maria L. Torres, M.D.
Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program
Associate Chair, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Chair, Division of Pain Management
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital at Cook County

Bosko Margeta, MD

Program Director

Bosko Margareta, MD

Affiliated Institutions

Rush University Medical Center, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital

Duration

3 Years

Synopsis

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program strives to provide excellent training in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient clinical cardiology. We provide an environment of academic freedom in which the highest quality of clinical research can be conducted, with the aim of training new investigators who will provide novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Fellows participate in a wide variety of ongoing multicenter trials and also paricipate in research studies initiated here at Cook County Health and Hospitals System including fellow-initiated projects.
Emily Siffermann, MD

Program Director

Emily Siffermann, MD

Phone

(312) 864-4140

Synopsis

The fellowship program was developed in 2002 and is designed to train superb clinicians by providing comprehensive clinical and academic training in all areas of Child Abuse Pediatrics in preparation for sub-specialty board certification and independent practice. Fellows have ample opportunity to participate in the medical evaluations of acute and chronic child abuse and neglect while benefiting from the experience of the legal, mental health, law-enforcement and child welfare professionals.
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Program Director

Jose Cintron, MD

Affiliated Institutions

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Duration


Bashar Attar, MD, PhD

Program Director

Bashar Attar, MD, PhD

Phone

(312) 864-7213

Affiliated Institutions

Rush University Medical Center

Duration

3 Years

Email

phumphrey@cookcountyhhs.org

Synopsis

The goal of the Cook County-John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County Gastroenterology Training Program is to provide the Gastroenterology Fellow with the experience and training to acquire the competency of a specialist in the field. In so doing, the fellows will fulfill the requirements needed for Gastroenterology Board eligibility. It is the intention of this program to have its fellows obtain the GI-subspecialty Board certification.
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Margaret Telfer, MD

Program Director

Margaret Telfer, MD

Phone

(312) 864-7245

Synopsis

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program is a three year combined program leading to certification in both Hematology and Medical Oncology. There are six fellowship positions (two per year). The major clinical rotations include inpatient consultation services in Hematology and Medical Oncology, radiation therapy, blood banking, bone marrow transplantation, hospice, laboratories, immunology and cytogenics.
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Joshua Baru, Md

Program Director

Josh Baru, MD FACP

Phone

(312) 864-4496

Affiliated Institutions

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care

Duration

Email

jbaru@cookcountyhhs.org

Synopsis

The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship is a one year ACGME-accredited fellowship. We are committed to the education of the next generation of practitioners and educators in palliative medicine and hospice care. We take pride in the diversity of our clinical experiences and the enthusiastic commitment of our faculty to our patients and our trainees.
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Steven E. Aks, DO, FACMT, FACOEP, FACEP

Program Director

Steven E. Aks, DO, FACMT, FACEP

Phone

(312) 864-0911

Affiliated Institutions

The Toxikon Consortium (Cook County, University of Illinois, and the Illinois Poison Center)

Duration

Email

saks@cookcountyhhs.org

Synopsis

The Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program is a 2-year ACGME approved program leading to board certification in Medical Toxicology. Our fellowship is sponsored by The Toxikon Cosortium (Cook County in partnership with the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Poison Center). Eligible candidates will have completed a residency in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Occupational Medicine, or other specialties upon board approval. For more information about Toxikon and the Fellowship Program go to our website: www.toxikonconsortium.org
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Alok Rastogi, MD

Program Director

Alok Rastogi, MD

Synopsis

The Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program prepares fellows for the Neonatal-Perinatal sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics examination by providing our fellows with an environment where they can grow professionally and intellectually to become the best clinical and academic neonatologists. Our comprehensive curriculum provides a strong clinical foundation and is designed to ensure ample protected time for scholarly activities. Fellows participate in a wide variety of clinical, basic science and epidemiology research.
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m.torres

Program Director

Maria L. Torres, MD

Synopsis

The Pain Management Fellowship Program of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is designed to provide expertise in evaluating and treating pain in a multidisciplinary framework. The Faculty of our program consists of board certified anesthesiologists who are further specialized in pain management. This core faculty is complemented by a Physiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist who work directly with fellows in the Clinic. On site rotations on the Acute Pain Service and within the Departments of Palliative Care and Neurology provide exposure to a varied and complex inpatient and outpatient population.
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Pamela Ganschow, MD

Program Director

Pamela Ganschow, MD

Phone

(312) 864-4462

Synopsis

The Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County offers comprehensive training for primary care and/or public health oriented physicians in the principles and practices of population-based health care and in the care of underserved populations. The focus is on training to become board certified in Preventive Medicine for careers as clinician-investigators and clinician-educators with clinical, research, and administrative skills in general preventive medicine and public health that are consistent with the development, improvement, and/or leadership of essential public health services.
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Aiman Tulaimat, MD

Program Director

Aiman Tulaimat, MD

Synopsis

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County offers an accredited three-year training program in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. The goal of the program is to train pulmonary and critical care physicians with the skills necessary for them to excel as clinicians, whether in the academic or practice realm.
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Program Director

Daniel J. Kacey, MD, FACS

Phone

(312) 864-5268

Synopsis

Our well-established fellowship program offers a unique, highly-flexible curriculum comprised of surgical critical care, trauma, acute care surgery, and burn care. Fellows manage patients in conjunction with full-time board-certified attending surgical intensivists, and have overall responsibility for supervision of residents and medical students from various institutions around the Chicago metropolitan area. We have an excellent academic program with case discussions, journal clubs, board review sessions, and a combined Trauma, Burn, and Surgical Critical Care M&M/Process Improvement conference.
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