Dr. Suja Mariam Mathew is the Chair of the Department of Medicine. She was the former Program Director of the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Cook County Hospital) Internal Medicine Residency Program since 2008. She completed medical school at the Pritzker School of Medicine and residency at The University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Mathew was drawn to working at Cook County Hospital after briefly utilizing county services to care for her father. She was moved by the deep healthcare need that existed among the area’s underserved population, and wanted to be a part of the physician workforce committed to improving the standard of care provided.
Dr. Mathew has a particular interest in the doctor-patient relationship and communication skills of trainee physicians. As the former program director, Dr. Mathew focused on continuing the legendary tradition of clinical training excellence at Cook County Hospital while building opportunities for meaningful scholarly work by residents. Under her leadership, County residents have presented their work at national specialty conferences, published in leading peer-reviewed journals, and secured some of the finest sub-specialty fellowships available.
Dr. Mathew lives in a sleepy suburb of Chicago with her husband and two sons. She is a dog lover and a “soccer mom” who spends many of her weekends traveling the Midwest in pursuit of the game.
Dr. Christine Acob is the Interim Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in the Philippines and trained at the old Cook County Hospital. She is a proud alumnus of this program. She was one of the first Chief Medical Residents at the inception of the Firm System. Subsequently she practiced in the General Medicine Clinic for 10 years before joining the Division of Hospital Medicine in 2007. For 13 years, she was the Firm A Associate Firm Chief and mentored generations of residents in this role before becoming the Associate Program Director in 2012. She is passionate about mentoring and teaching medical residents.
Dr. Acob has received several teaching awards including Senior Resident of the Year Honorable Mention while in training. As an attending, she is a two time recipient of the Osler Award for Teaching of Internal Medicine. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 Department of Medicine Quentin Young Award for her contributions to the department in the areas of education, clinical service, and administrative leadership.
Music, travel, photography, and archery are among the many interests of Dr. Acob outside of medicine. As a way to encourage and have bonding time with her then 6 year old son, she learned to play drums. She became the drummer of the rock band Code Blue and they played at various department functions for years until they disbanded. She subsequently played keyboards for another band: Fluid Thrill.