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 to solve the problems facing healthcare today? 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, public policy, medical education, and business ownership.

Panel Participants

Chris Albanis, AB'96, MD'00

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology Arbor EyeCare and The University of Chicago Hospitals

Dr. Albanis is a comprehensive ophthalmologist at Arbor EyeCare focusing on cataracts, diabetic eye disease and glaucoma. She also serves as a Clinical Associate at the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. Upon graduating from the College, she went to medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She then took a break from UChicago to do an internship in Phoenix, AZ, only to return in 2001 for residency. She served as Chief Resident in ophthalmology. Aside from taking care of patients and teaching, she enjoys painting, photography, medical ethics, and health policy. (Table 55)

Nicole Cipriani, AB'02, MD'08, MS'04 (UIC)

Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago

Dr. Cipriani graduated from the College in 2002 with a degree in Biological Sciences and Visual Arts. She subsequently obtained an MS in medical illustration from UIC, followed by and MD in 2008 from the Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency (UChicago) and fellowship (Massachusetts General Hospital), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgical Pathology at the University, specializing in Head & Neck and Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology. She co-directs the "Cell Pathology and Immunology" course in Pritzker School of Medicine. (Table 58)

Faiyaaz Kalimullah, AB'06, MD'10 (Rush Medical College)

Cosmetic Dermatologist, Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine

Dr. Kalimullah graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and received a medical degree from Rush Medical College in 2010. Following an internship in internal medicine at UChicago, he completed a dermatology residency at the University of Arizona Medical Center, serving as chief resident during his final year of training. After completing his residency, Dr. Kalimullah was an associate at one of the largest cosmetic dermatology practices in the nation. In 2017, he returned to Chicago and co-founded a private practice, the Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine, where he specializes in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. (Table 62)

James Mathews, AB'86, AM'87, PhD'92

Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

Mr. Mathews graduated from the College with the class of 1986, and subsequently obtained graduate degrees, all in anthropology. After leaving the University, he developed an expertise in health care policy, and served in various executive and legislative agencies in the Federal government, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. His last executive branch position was to serve as the senior career health policy official in the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He left HHS in 2007, and is currently the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent, nonpartisan commission in Washington DC that advises the U.S. Congress on the Medicare program. (Table 58)