The field of healthcare has recently undergone a rapid expansion of scope, and now more than ever, healthcare professionals are recognizing the importance of combining research, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and education alongside clinical practice. This expansion brings remarkable new opportunities for collaboration and integration across a wide variety of different fields. How will you work with your colleagues and peers to provide optimal care for your patients? What will your role be in developing innovative solutions to the social, medical, and environmental problems facing healthcare? This panel features an incredible set of alumni who leveraged their UChicago experience as well as their own diverse backgrounds and interests to develop impactful careers. As they reflect on their own experiences, we invite you to think about how you can use your own diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to build the future of an integrative approach to health and medicine.
David Popiel, AB'02, MD Columbia University'06, MPH John Hopkins'07
Physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University
Dr. Popiel is board-certified in Internal Medicine and an assistant professor with The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He holds a degree in Biological Sciences from the College and a master's degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Popiel earned his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and subsequently came to The George Washington University Medical Center for his resident medical training. Dr. Popiel has been repeatedly honored as a Washingtonian Top Doctor, a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and by OutCare Health for his dedication to LGBTQ healthcare. Dr. Popiel is a general internist with clinical expertise in men's health focusing on wellness and disease prevention. Dr. Popiel is also the Medical Director of the GW Healing Clinic, a student-run free clinic providing care to the under served communities of Washington DC.
Micah Prochaska, AB'04, Other'16, MD Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago
Mr. Prochaska is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is supported by a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute award to study the effect of red blood transfusion on symptoms in hospitalized patients with anemia. He is the Co-Director of the University of Chicago Hospitalist Project and Chicago Translational Medicine Program, which train UC undergraduates in clinical research. Mr. Prochaska is also a member of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network, which is part of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funded PCORNet. Mr. Prochaska received his degree in History, Philosophy, Social Studies of Science and Medicine in 2004 from the College. Mr. Prochaska received his MD from Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency training at the University of Chicago. He also completed his Masters Degree in Biostatistics from the University of Chicago.
Sofia Shakir, AB'93, MBBS'00 (Aga Khan University)
Doctor, Pediatric Health Associates
Dr. Shakir graduated from The College in 1993 with a degree in Biology. While in the College, she was involved in University Choir, Women's Choir and the South Asian Student's Association. She also enjoyed tutoring elementary students and volunteering in the Emergency Room at the University Hospital. After graduating from medical school and completing her pediatric residency training at Cook County Hospital, she joined private practice in the western suburbs of Chicago. She recently completed a course in pediatric hypnosis and enjoys teaching her patients how to utilize it in their daily lives. She loves the fact that she can speak Spanish and Urdu/Hindi at work. She is raising three teenagers with her wonderful husband and continues to visit the campus whenever she can.
Jihad Shoshara, AB'91, MD'96
Doctor, Pediatric Health Associates, Northwestern Medicine
Dr. Shoshara received both his degree in Biology and his MD from the University of Chicago, and completed his residency training in pediatrics at Lurie Children's Hospital. As an undergraduate, Dr. Shoshara played football and competed in track and field. He co-founded a fraternity, and was an RA his 4th year. After graduation, he spent a year overseas studying Arabic and teaching English before returning for medical school. Dr. Shoshara is a pediatrician in Naperville, IL. He incorporates community service into his professional career. In 2001, he helped to co-found one of the first Muslim-sponsored free medical clinics in America. Dr. Shoshara also leads an annual charity drive which provides 5000 free turkeys to families in need at low-income Chicago public schools every Thanksgiving. Finally, Dr. Shoshara leads medical missions to serve Syrian refugees overseas every year.