"What distinguishes UIC College of Medicine and the surgery department is the historical and current reliance on technology." Joseph Flaherty, Dean, UIC College of Medicine
University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
It's no accident that the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago operates the most comprehensive robotic-assisted surgery program in the world. The Medical Center, which engages in patient care, research and education, is a leader in pioneering patient treatments, and a leading practitioner of neonatology, high-risk pregnancy, liver transplants, stroke care and neurosurgery for aneurysms.
- More new physicians earn their medical degrees at the center than at any other medical school in the country, including one in seven physicians currently practicing in Illinois.
- The Medical Center houses Chicago’s only national centers for autism, sickle-cell disease and islet transplants, and is one of the nation's few major medical centers to practice all six of health sciences – medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, allied health and pharmacy.
- UIC's Nursing and Pharmacy programs routinely rank among the nation's top 10.
- Medical center researchers routinely collaborate with researchers in nanoscience and genomics at UI's Champaign-Urbana campus.
The UIC medical campus includes:
- A 491-bed tertiary hospital.
- An outpatient facility.
- The UIC College of Medicine Research Center
- Six health-sciences colleges, including Medicine, Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Nursing.
- The Walter Payton Center, a liver-care facility so named for the Chicago Bears legend who succumbed to liver disease in 1999.
New Research, New Treatments
Collaborations among physicians at the University of Illinois Medical Center and researchers at its College of Medicine are yielding new forms of knowledge and, by extension, new methods for advancing patient treatment and care.
The college’s groundbreaking research has earned it a reputation as one of the best schools for both undergraduate and graduate medical education, and attracted numerous research grants:
- The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year $20 million grant to UIC's Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
- The Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute has awarded the UIC College of Medicine a $2.8 million to develop stem-cell therapies for blood disorders, lung diseases, stroke, and heart repair.
- The National Institutes of Health has awarded the UIC College of Medicine a $6 million grant to research the mechanisms of infertility.
- The National Eye Institute has awarded the UIC College of Medicine $6.3 million for the development of nanoscale neuromodulatory platforms to correct loss of vision resulting from retinal degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration.
Researchers also are engaged in:
- Studies to optimize the transplantation of pancreatic islet cells to cure type I diabetes.
- The use of functional, physiologic, and metabolic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the patho- and neuro-physiological basis of brain injury and disease.