Chicago Medical School

Faculty and Administrative Leadership

Lecia Apantaku, MD
lecia.apantaku@rosalindfranklin.edu
Associate Professor of Surgery
Assistant Dean for Faculty and Global Development
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Apantaku earned her MD from the Chicago Medical School and her general surgery residency was completed at the Chicago Medical School Affiliated Hospitals. Her main area of interest is educational research and her practice expertise is breast surgery.

Dr. Apantaku has 27 years of experience in academia. Currently, she is the Director of Undergraduate Education for the Chicago Medical School’s Department of Surgery and the Course Director for first year Essentials of Clinical Reasoning.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and active in the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Association for Surgical Education and the American Cancer Society.

 

 Ronald S. Kaplan, PhD
  ronald.kaplan@rosalindfranklin.edu
  Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chicago Medical School
  Vice Dean for Research
  Chicago Medical School
  Vice President for Research
  Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Ronald S. Kaplan received his PhD from New York University and post-doctoral training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine (1986) and subsequently was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure (1991) and then Professor (1996).

Dr. Kaplan moved to the Department of Biochemistry at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as a tenured Professor in 1997. He became Vice-Chair (2002) and then Chair (2006) of the department. In 2010, Dr. Kaplan assumed responsibilities of the Vice Dean for Research of Chicago Medical School and in July 2011, he stepped down as Department Chair to become the Vice President for Research at the University.

His research focuses on the structure-based mechanism of membrane transport proteins and has been funded by NIH for over 20 years.

 

   Jeanette Morrison, MD
  jeanette.morrison@rosalindfranklin.edu
  Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
  Associate Dean, Medical Education, Innovation and Humanities
  Chicago Medical School
  Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

  Dr. Morrison received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Chicago.

She has been the Internal Medicine Residency program director and Course Director for second year Essentials of Clinical Reasoning since 2009. Her academic interests include curriculum design, assessment of clinical performance, and professional development.

Dr. Morrison is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is the recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Lawrence R. Medoff Award, and the Department of Medicine Distinguished Clinical Educator Award.

 

Kenneth E. Neet, PhD
kenneth.neet@rosalindfranklin.edu
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Associate Dean for Research
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Neet received a BS in Chemistry in 1958 and a PhD in Biochemistry in 1965 from the University of Florida. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and joined the Biochemistry faculty of Case Western Reserve University in 1967.

He received a Faculty Research Award of the American Cancer Society in 1968 and a Faculty Scholars Award from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation in 1980.

Dr. Neet became Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1990 and Associate Dean for Research in 2004.

Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry and was Treasurer of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2000 to 2006. His research interests are in structure-function studies of neurotrophins.

 

Mildred M.G. Olivier, M.D., F.A.C.S.
mildred.olivier@rosalindfranklin.edu
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology 
Assistant Dean of Diversity 
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Olivier earned her MD from the Chicago Medical School and her ophthalmology residency was completed at Columbia University at Harlem Hospital Center in New York.  Dr. Olivier completed her Fellowship in Glaucoma at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University.

Dr. Olivier is a veteran of frequent medical missions to Haiti beginning in 1993, Dr. Olivier was a key member of the Task Force on Haiti Recovery following the earthquake of 2010.  Dr. Olivier’s work has been widely recognized with honors such as the American Glaucoma Society Humanitarian Award, the Roman-Barnes Award, the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Award in International Medicine to name a few.  Dr. Olivier has published in major peer-review journals and is one of the co-authors for the Glaucoma section in Clinical Eye Atlas.
She is a member-at-large of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and President of the Women in Ophthalmology.  She also serves on numerous committees and has been a member of the steering committee for AMA’s Commission to End Health Care Disparities, where she is currently Vice-President.

 

Gordon Pullen, PhD
gordon.pullen@rosalindfranklin.edu
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics 
Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences 
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Pullen graduated with a BS in Biology from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) in 1976 and earned a PhD in Physiology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) in 1982.

He accepted a post-doctoral position at the North Chicago VA Medical Center, now known at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and in 1988, moved to a position as the Director of the Thyroid Research Lab there.

In 1992, Dr. Pullen joined the faculty at RFUMS and currently is the Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences and Assistant Professor of Physiology.

His teaching interests are in cardiac pharmacology. He devotes significant time to counseling students at the Chicago Medical School, the Biomedical Sciences Program and the Pre-matriculation Program at RFUMS.

Dr. Pullen graduated with a BS in Biology from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) in 1976 and earned a PhD in Physiology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) in 1982. He accepted a post-doctoral position at the North Chicago VA Medical Center, now known at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and in 1988, moved to a position as the Director of the Thyroid Research Lab there. In 1992, Dr. Pullen joined the faculty at RFUMS and currently is the Assistant Dean of Basic Sciences and Assistant Professor of Physiology. His teaching interests are in cardiac pharmacology. He devotes significant time to counseling students at the Chicago Medical School, the Biomedical Sciences Program and the Pre-matriculation Program at RFUMS.

 

Douglas Reifler, MD
douglas.reifler@rosalindfranklin.edu
Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Reifler was appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education in June 2011. He is a general internist whose academic interests include medical humanities and the professional acculturation of medical students.

He completed his bachelor’s degree at Harvard College and his MD at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Reifler spent 22 years at Northwestern University, first as a resident in Primary Care Internal Medicine, then as a fellow in General Internal Medicine, and later as a full-time faculty member. At Northwestern, he was Curriculum Committee chair, and he developed innovative interdisciplinary learning environments.

At the Chicago Medical School, Dr. Reifler’s first major project has been to implement a learning community and mentoring system.

Michael J. Zdon, M.D.
michael.zdon@rosalindfranklin.edu
Professor and Vice Chairman Department of Surgery
Associate Dean for Continuing and Graduate Medical Education
Chicago Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Zdon received his MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his surgical training at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He began his academic career as Assistant Professor at Yale University Medical School and has been a full time faculty member at Chicago Medical School since 1988. He is active in the practice of general surgery with special expertise in the area of endocrine surgery. His research interests have included cellular mechanisms of intestinal secretion and diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid.

Dr. Zdon has served and chaired numerous University and Medical School committees and currently chairs the University Institutional Review Board. He has served as Vice Chair of Surgery since 1990, previously served as Program Director of the General Surgery Residency, and is currently a site coordinator for the Surgery Clerkship. He has been recently appointed Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education.

 

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