Professor - Department Vice-Chair - Director of HPPSR
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

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. 

Kimberly J. Hart, PhD
Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Family Medicine Residency Program

She also serves as an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine and is a licensed clinical psychologist with emphasis in perinatal depression, anxiety disorders and adjustment issues. Dr. Hart earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan​​​ Medical School. Prior to joining the College of Medicine, Dr. Hart was an assistant professor and clinic director in the department of psychology at Idaho State University, where she was named Clinical Faculty Member of the Year. She is a member of several national organizations including the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Hart’s research focuses mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She is interested in the effects of depression on mothers and babies, risk factors for maternal depression and anxiety, and effectiveness of treatment for perinatal depression. She is available to conduct community presentations on perinatal depression and the importance of early recognition and intervention.

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.
  
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

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 - Program Director
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.
 
Residency Faculty - Clinic Medical Director
Nurse Practitioner - Clinical Associate
Elizabeth Mendeloff has a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University. She earned her master’s degree in nursing and completed her training as a family practice nurse practitioner at UIC. She has more than 25 years’ experience in nursing and is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. While her main role is to provide same day/urgent care for FHC clients, she provides primary care to patients across the lifespan, as well. She serves as the E&P committee chairperson. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Illinois College of Nursing Rockford Regional Program.
 
Associate Professor
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.
 
Clinical Assistant Professor 
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. He is a physician in private practice and takes time to serve as a preceptor for the residency program at Family Health Center. 

Patricia Shrestha, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Dr. Shrestha is a clinical instructor and a physician at the University F.W. Shappert Primary Care Clinic in Belvidere. 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.

 
Fellowship Director - Associate Professor
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.
 
Other 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 - Clinic and Hospital Preceptor
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.  In addition to providing inpatient service to Family Health Center, she is the Medical Director at Rockton University Primary Care Clinic and Winnebago County Health Department Family Planning and Well Woman Clinics.  Clinically, she takes special interest in diabetes and women's health.

Andrzej Dudas, DO
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 - Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine - Hospital Preceptor
Dr. Kantayya is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and the UIC residency program. After completing his residency, Dr. Kantayya worked for Crusader Clinc, a federally qualified health center in Rockford, where he served as medical director for six years.  Dr. Kantayya's interests include caring for the underserved.  In addition to being the department chair, he also supervises residents.  
 
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.  He chairs the campus GME committee and is co-editor with Dr. Lipsky.

Brian Knabe, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Dr. Knabe is a  family practice physician who cares for patients 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.

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

 
Clinical Instuctor - Clinic Preceptor
Cassandra Lopez, MD, is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She completed her family medicine residency at Family Health Center (FHC), where she served as Chief Resident from 2009 – 2010. She currently serves as preceptor at FHC.
 
Clerkship Director - Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine - Hospital Preceptor
Bill Nika, MD, provides inpatient service for the Family Health Center and sees patients at the University Primary Care Clinic at Rockton.

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.