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Dr. Bellini obtained her medical degree from the University of Alabama in 1990. She came to Penn to pursue her Internal Medicine residency training followed by a year as a Chief Medical Resident. She subsequently completed a Pulmonary Fellowship and joined the faculty in 1996.
Dr. Bellini currently serves as the Vice Chair of Education and Inpatient Services for the Department of Medicine. She recently stepped down as Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency after 20 years. She continues to oversee all of the undergraduate and graduate medical education programs in the department.
From 2005-2008, she was the Associate Dean for GME for University of Pennsylvania Health System. In that role, she had operational responsibility for all policies and procedures related to the training of over 1000 residents and fellows in 68 UPHS sponsored training programs.
In 2008, she assumed the role of Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Perelman School of Medicine. In that role, she has oversight for faculty policies and procedures. In 2016, her role expanded to Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and now includes oversight of Penn’s academic partnerships.
On a national level, Dr. Bellini has been an active member of the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) where she served as inaugural Chair of the Board as well as Treasurer and President of the Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine. She recently chaired the inaugural AAIM Innovations Committee. She currently chairs the Committee on Faculty Identity for the AAMC and is a member of their national GME task force. Additionally, she has served on several key committees for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, using much of her research and administrative experience to influence national policy regarding graduate medical education. She was also a member of the Institute of Medicine's committee on Conflict of Interest, which has had a major impact on professional conduct within the academic community.
Dr Bellini has won numerous awards including the Penn Pearls Teaching Award, the Maurice Attie and Donna McCurdy Teaching Awards, the Robert Dunning Dripps Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, and the University-wide Lindback award for excellence in teaching. She has also received the lifetime achievement award from AAIM.
Her research focuses on medical education, including the health and well-being of residents and faculty as well as the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation on patient outcomes and the learning environment.
Dr. Bilimoria is a surgical oncologist and a health services, quality improvement, and health policy researcher at Northwestern Medicine. He is the Vice President for Quality for the Northwestern Medicine system. He is also the Vice Chair for Quality in the Department of Surgery and the John B. Murphy Professor of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on melanoma and sarcoma. Dr. Bilimoria is the Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center of Northwestern University (SOQIC), a center of 55 faculty, fellows, and staff focused on national, regional, and local quality improvement and policy research, as well as implementing practical improvement initiatives. He is the Director of the 56-hospital Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) and Principal Investigator of the national 151-hospital FIRST Trial and the 215-hospital SECOND Trial. He is a Faculty Scholar at the American College of Surgeons. He has published more than 350 scientific articles, including numerous publications in JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Bilimoria’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Care Services Corporation, and numerous others, totaling over $35,000,000. He was recently listed by Becker’s as one of the “Top 50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” in the U.S. He has held several national leadership positions, including as the president of several national societies and serving on the board of multiple surgical, oncology, and research societies/organizations.
Dr. Zaas is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and Chief Residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and her infectious diseases fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She has been the Program Director of the Duke Internal Medicine Residency for ten years.