Faculty

Chair

Eugene Raikhel

Eugene Raikhel

Chair, Health and Society; Associate Professor, Comparative Human Development

eraikhel@uchicago.edu

Eugene Raikhel is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine and psychiatry; addiction and its treatment; suggestion and healing; and post-socialist transformations in Eurasia. He is particularly concerned with the circulation of new forms of knowledge and clinical intervention produced by biomedicine, neuroscience and psychiatry. His work follows therapeutic technologies as they move both from “bench to bedside” and from one cultural or institutional setting to another, examining how they intersect with the lives of practitioners and patients.

HLTH 17000 Instructors

Alexandra Tate

Alexandra Tate

Research Director in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Tate is a Research Director in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago. As a medical sociologist, her research uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches to examine the implementation of health care policies in the U.S. Her interests lie in the complexities of doctor-patient interaction and implications for patient care, with a focus on the therapeutic relationship between clinicians and patients with complex illnesses. Her current research projects investigate physician and patient attitudes towards end-of-life care, documentation of end-of-life preferences, and perceptions of death and dying. Her research aims to benefit the medical and patient communities through in-depth fieldwork and comprehensive surveys. She has presented her work at the American Sociological Association, the National Communication Association, and the International Conference on Conversation Analysis, among others.

Steven Server

Steven Server

MD/PhD candidate, University of Chicago Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, Department of History, and the Pritzker School of Medicine

Steven studies the History of Medicine, with particular interests in public health and medicine in Latin America, the history of psychiatry, and the theory and practice of medical ethics. His dissertation is titled Institutionalizing Medicine: The Servicio Médico-Social in Mexico.

Affiliated Faculty

David Meltzer

David Meltzer

Professor, Department of Medicine; Affiliated faculty at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics

David O. Meltzer, PhD’92, MD’93, is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Chicago, where he is Professor in the Department of Medicine, and affiliated faculty at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. Meltzer has performed randomized trials comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care (“hospitalists”). He is currently leading a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. He led the formation of the Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN) that helped pioneer collaboration of Chicago-Area academic medical centers in hospital-based comparative effectiveness research and the recent support of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).