Healthcare

Now more than ever, the medical problems that people face require the expertise of many different kinds of professionals. Moreover, the efforts of these professionals must be collaborative if the patient or population is to receive optimal care. What will your role be in healthcare and how will you work with your colleagues in medicine? We invite you to explore some of the many health professions and to think about a future that entails an integrative approach to health and medicine. This industry features a diverse set of alumni who leveraged their UChicago experience into successful careers that span across clinical practice, pharmacy, research, healthcare management and policy-making, and community outreach.

Panel Participants

Gameli Dekayie-Amenu, AB'05, MD'10

Physician, Advocate Medical Group & BestiesMD

Ms. Dekayie graduated from the College with a degree in biology. Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant for a diabetes prevention study for overweight minority children at the University of Chicago. She then began her work on her medical degree at Rush Medical College. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency back at the University of Chicago. She now works as a practicing physician with Advocate Medical Group. She also co-owns her own company, BestiesMD, that is dedicated to empowering women of the modern era through online health education on a relatable level.

Linda Diamond Shapiro, AB'77, AM'78, MBA'88

Vice President for Strategy, Planning and External Affairs, Access Community Health Network

Linda Diamond Shapiro is the vice president for strategy, planning, and external affairs at Access Community Health Network (ACCESS), one of the nation's largest Federally Qualified Health Center organizations serving over 200,000 patients in the greater Chicago area. With three decades of experience in public policy and community health roles, Linda has shaped strategies for government affairs, fundraising, marketing, and business development for several Chicago area non-profit health organizations. She previously served in the president's office at University of Chicago Medical Center, and as executive director of Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She has also held policy development positions at the American Medical Association in Chicago and Washington DC. Linda is a graduate of the University of Chicago where she received her bachelor's degree from the College and her master's degrees from the School of Social Service Administration and the Graduate School of Business.

Ream Qato, SB'07, MBA'15, PharmD'12

Strategic Consultant, Humana

Ms. Qato received her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College in 2007, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois in 2012. She returned to the University of Chicago a few years later and completed her MBA from the Booth School of Business in 2015. Ms. Qato is a Consultant on the Trend and Pipeline team at Humana, a fortune 100 company. Her work focuses on pipeline agents within solid tumor oncology and the biosimilar space. She is also responsible for following patent litigation and brand to generic launches. She previously was a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, on a government contract with Illinois Medicaid, to reduce state drug expenditures.

David Weinstock, AB'93, MD'97 (Geoerge Washington University)

Associate Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Weinstock graduated with a degree in biology in 1993. He completed medical school at George Washington University, residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell, and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is currently a physician-scientist at the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, where his clinical expertise involves the care of stem cell transplant recipients. His laboratory focuses on identifying targets for new therapeutic approaches to leukemia and lymphoma.