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The Institute of Medicine of Chicago is an independent non-profit organization of distinguished leaders in the health field who collaborate to improve the health of the public. Drawing upon the expertise of a diverse membership and other regional leaders, the IOMC addresses critical health issues through a range of interdisciplinary approaches including education, research, communication of trusted information, and community engagement.

With the health of the public at its core, IOMC is building new programs and services to better meet the needs of its members and the Chicagoland community, its counties and the State of Illinois. 

2024 — From the president's Desk 

Letter from the IOMC President  Lorenzo Pence, DO 


Dear Fellows and Colleagues: 

We hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and abundance of activities of our great community. 

As we approach the 109th anniversary of the the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, let's keep in mind our focus of closing the gap and advancing health equity. 

A great way to make an make an impact is to attend the 2024 Annual Leadership Awards & Annual Meeting on June 20, 2024. This convening is the major fundraising event of the year. The evening affair will be held at Maggiano's - Chicago. 

We are honored to have two outstanding leaders joining us. 

Opening Guest Speaker: Dr. Erik Mikaitis, MD, MBA, FACP, CPE- He was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer for Cook County Health in November 2023 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Dr. Mikaitis provides executive leadership to advance the health system's strategic imperatives and ensure the provision of high-quality care and services in collaboration with CCH's medical and business leaders.

Keynote Speaker: David T. Jones was named, by Gov. Pritzker, the Associate Secretary at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), where he serves as the statewide Chief Behavioral Health Officer (CBHO). Chief Jones joined IDHS as the Director of the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) in October 2020.  

We will presenting leadership awards to incredible leaders at the convening and recognizing the new Fellows of IOMC.

IOMC Outstanding Leadership & Compassion Award in Healthcare 

Richard Lieber, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 

IOMC Global Humanitarian Award

Damiano Rondelli, MD, Michael Reese Professor of Hematology, University of Illinois at Chicago                         

IOMC Innovation in Healthcare Delivery - Individual 

Arvind K. Goyal, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, FACPM, Medical Director, State of Illinois Medicaid, Dept. of Healthcare & Family Services, Clinical Associate  Professor, Chicago Medical School 

IOMC Innovation in Healthcare Delivery – Organization 

Rosalind Franklin University  of Medicine and Science 

For more details and to register, visit this page. 

Also, we ask you to: 

1)  Support IOMC's mission - be involved  - attend programs and events.

2)  Donate - all  donations are greatly appreciated regardless of the amount and important to continue 

      our efforts in reducing healthcare disparities. 

3)  Be Grateful - we are fortunate to serve in public health and healthcare and have an opportunity to                 make a difference in many lives. 

4) Build Trust - as noted at the recent 9th State of Heath of Chicago convening, we need to re-build trust            in public health and it is our responsibility to fulfill it as leaders. 

Make an Impact - "Closing the Gap"  Supports IOMC's Programs and Workgroups for 2024

We look forward to seeing you on June 20th! 


Lorenzo Pence, DO 

President, Institute of Medicine of Chicago 


 2023-2024 Board of Governors 

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