CORE FACULTY

Assistant Dean of Medical Education - Assistant Professor
Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy. She completed a general practice pharmacy residency at the Chicago VA. In addition to her clinical practice in ambulatory care at the residency, Dr. Chang is a clinical assistant professor in the department of pharmacy and is the case director for the M-2 course EPC. She is responsible for journal club, the evidence-based medicine curriculum and clinical therapeutics. Her professional interests include alternative medicine, chronic disease management and nutrition. She is actively involved with the Northern Illinois Diabetes Coalition.

Leslie Dean, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor/Residency Faculty
Dr. Dean received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and did her fellowship at Lutheran General in Park Ridge, Illinois.  Clinically, she takes special interest in diabetes and women's health.

Sherry A. Falsetti, PhD
Professor - Department Vice-Chair - Director of HPPSR/Residency Faculty
Dr. Falsetti is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a PhD in clinical psychology. She completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she also served as faculty for nine years and served as the director of training for the postdoctoral fellowship program and the director of clinical operations at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. She has won numerous awards for medical student, intern, and residency teaching and has been a National Institute of Mental Health grant recipient. She maintains an active clinical practice and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, the psychological impact of chronic health problems, and the interplay of physical health and behavioral sciences.

Megan Fleischman, PharmD
Clinical Assistant Professor - Clinical Pharmacist/Residency Faculty

Dr. Fleischman graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy and completed two post graduate years of residency before joining UIC. She practiced at Monroe Clinic in Wisconsin as a first year General Practice Pharmacy Resident with a focus in ambulatory (primary) care pharmacy and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a second year Ambulatory Care Specialty Pharmacy Resident. She enjoys working with students and residents to expand their pharmaceutical knowledge in the clinic setting. She chairs the Patient Centered Medical Home committee and works with medical residents to develop a plan for meeting scholarly requirements. Her professional interests include chronic disease management, medication and vaccination use for primary prevention, process improvement, and multidisciplinary team approaches to patient centered care. 

John Patrick Holden, MD
Residency Faculty/Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Holden earned his medical degree from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He completed a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology/ Infertility at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Holdenpresently serves as a delegate of the Illinois State Medical Society and as an Executive Committee Member at the UIC College of Medicine. He is the Chairman with the the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center and serves on the Board of Directors at the Winnebago County Medical Society.

Mary Jo Ironside, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor - Clinic and Hospital Preceptor
Mary Jo Ironside, MD,  provides quality health care to all members of the family, with an emphasis in wellness and healthy living. She also has a special interest in women's health.  She completed her residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

Alesia Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor/Director of Behavioral Medicine/Residency Faculty

Alesia Jones, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. She serves as the director of research in the department and serves as chair of the campus research committee. Dr. Jones earned her doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining the College of Medicine, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine/Residency Faculty

Dr. Kaur earned her medical degree at Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Science and Research in India and completed her residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and served as chief resident her third year.  Her professional interests are adult and adolescent medicine and women's health.

 
Assistant Professor/Residency Faculty
Dr. Lee is a graduate of John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and was chief resident during his third year. Dr. Lee serves as the chair of the Curriculum Development Committee and is responsible for the pediatric rotations. His professional interests include residency education, faculty development and practicing the full spectrum of family medicine.
 
Assistant Professor/Residency Faculty
Dr. Polizzotto joined the Rockford Family Medicine Residency program after completing 11 years of active duty with the United States Navy Medical Corps. He taught in the family medicine residency program at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in California for four years, where he was twice selected by the residents as FP Staff Teacher of the Year. Dr. Polizzotto graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1994 and completed his residency in family medicine at Camp Pendleton in 1999. Dr. Polizzotto is responsible for the clinical teaching in the Family Health Center, inpatient family medicine service and surgery rotations. His professional interests include residency education, diabetes care and clinical quality improvement. He is the lead physician at implementing the EHR.
 
Program Director/Medical Quality and Safety Director
Joseph Ross, MD, is a graduate of Loyola Stritch Medical School. He completed his family practice residency at Rockford Medical Education Foundation and his faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University’s Office of Medical Education Research and Development. 
 
Fellowship Director - Associate Professor/Residency Faculty
Dr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine at Kansas City and was chief resident during his third year. Before joining the residency, he was the associate program director for Baylor College of Medicine’s residency program in family medicine. He has also worked in a community practice in Dickinson, Texas. In June 2000, he completed the University of North Carolina’s fellowship program in faculty development. He is the director of fellowships and responsible for faculty development for the College of Medicine. His professional interests include residency education, adolescent medicine, public health issues and faculty development.

​Marcia Zukosky, MSN, APN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Associate

Marcia is a nurse practitioner at the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center who specializes in primary preventive health care with a strong focus in women’s health, acute illnesses and chronic diseases in diverse ethnic populations. With over 30 years’ experience, she also treats patients at the University School Based Health Center at South Beloit (South Beloit High School), Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center and the Rosecrance facility for adolescents.
 
Other Faculty
Andrzej Dudas, DO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Dudas is a board certified physician who cares for patients at the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center. His areas of special interest include full scope family medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, procedures, dermatology and occupational medicine. In his spare time he likes to play soccer or tennis, ski, and spend time with family.
 
Associate Professor - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Hospital Preceptor
Dr. King is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Medicine at Rockford. A graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine, he completed his residency training in family medicine at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. King supervises residents at the FHC and is an attending physician on our family medicine inpatient service.  Dr. King has extensive experience in residency education and has been a residency director. 

Brian Knabe, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Dr. Knabe is a  family practice physician who precepts at the L.P. Johnson Family Health Center (FHC).  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and completed his residency at FHC.  He is board certified.

Dr. Knabe is a member of the Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society and the Winnebago County Medical Society. 

Ali Sajaddi, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Dr. Sajjadi attended medical school at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences in Iran and completed his residency at Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program in Des Moines, Iowa, where he served as Chief Resident.  He also completed an Academic Development Fellowship with the University of Illinois College of Medicine before joining us as a member of our faculty.  His professional interests include faculty development, residency education, and chronic disease management.

Patricia Shrestha, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Shrestha is a clinical instructor and a physician at FHC. She enjoys community-based medicine. Clinically, she takes special interest in Women’s Health and contraception. She completed her medical residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine where she served as the head of the obstetrics committee. She received her medical degree from the University of the Philippines. Dr. Shrestha speaks English and Filipino.