Meet Our Transitional Year Residency Faculty

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Melissa M. Arredondo, MD

Transition Year Program Director

Dr. Melissa Arredondo is a long-time resident of Illinois.  She graduated from medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine.  Dr. Arredondo then went on to complete a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the University of Chicago.  In her last year of residency, she served as the Education Chief for the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program.

After residency, Dr. Arredondo joined the Internal Medicine program at MacNeal as a core faculty member in 2016 and also worked as part of MacNeal's pediatric hospitalist group from 2016-2018.  As part of the Internal Medicine program faculty, Dr. Arredondo created the program's Journal Club curriculum and worked to develop the resident core lecture noon conference series.  She continues to enjoy creating and implementing curriculum and most recently is working to increase the high fidelity simulation opportunities available for residents.  Dr. Arredondo regularly cares for patients on the internal medicine inpatient service and precepts outpatient resident clinic. 

Dr. Arredondo seeks to encourage residents to maintain a sense of curiosity for new knowledge and to focus on providing patient centered care.  She also places an emphasis on encouraging the deliberate practice of self-care to promote growth as an individual.  She firmly believes that practicing the art of medicine is a great privilege and being able to sit down, engage and teach patients are the great joys in medicine.

Shannon Connolly, DO

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Shannon Connolly graduated from medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete her emergency medicine residency through the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an active clinician and the MacNeal emergency department resident coordinator.

In her free time, Dr. Connolly is a passionate traveler and loves to experience different cultures. One of her favorite destinations is the Peruvian jungle, where she has learned from the locals, gone survival camping, and canoed down the Amazon River. Back home, she enjoys baking and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Glover, MD

A native of Chicago-land, Dr. Jennifer Glover received her M.D. from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. She continued her residency in General Surgery at the University of Chicago and went on to complete fellowships in both Trauma/Critical Care and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Dr. Glover is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, with extra certifications in Bariatric Surgery and Neurocritical care and is a Clinical Instructor of Surgery for Northwestern, Feinberg School of Medicine.  Her areas of expertise include; Critical Care Education, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Quality Assurance, The Critical Care of Specific ICU Populations (Trauma, Geriatric, Obese, Pregnant, Hepatic Failure), Sepsis and Nutrition.   Dr. Glover enforces the practice of evidence based medicine on daily rounds, by updating ICU protocols and is lead faculty for the Critical Care Journal Club.   She has a passion for resident education and was awarded the Golden Apple Teaching awarded by the Transitional Year Class of 2017. 

Christine Junia, M.D.

Internal Medicine Associate Program Director

Dr. Christine Junia graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Santo Tomas Philippines and completed her post-graduate internship from the UP-Philippine General Hospital. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Junia joined MacNeal as a core faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2016. She is currently supervising the program’s quality improvement curriculum and supplementary education provided by clinical or research electives in outside institutions. She supervises residents in inpatient and outpatient rotations and hopes to cultivate an environment of critical thinking and evidence-based medical reasoning.

Dr. Junia is committed to providing quality, patient-centered care and advocates for health equality. She is dedicated to medical education and appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with young physicians in providing holistic care.

Aaron Lee, D.O.

Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship

Though I was born north of Chicago, I grew up in the Cleveland area. I spent most of my youth playing soccer, and any other sport I could find – all the way through college. After completing a psychology degree with a neuroscience minor at Miami University in Ohio, I spent two years working as a therapist on an adolescent psychiatric unit before finally applying to medical school.

I completed my medical training at the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where I met my wife – she was at the cadaver next to mine in anatomy lab, but I still managed to notice her. We both completed our internship year at Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago. Though she moved on to Loyola, I continued my training at Illinois Masonic for my family medicine residency, and was chief resident in my final year. Having been a lifelong sports devotee, and finding athletes to be the most interesting and yet somehow maddening patients, I went on to complete my sports medicine fellowship training at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Upon completion of my training, I accepted a position at the MacNeal Hospital Family Medicine Residency as core faculty and as the Associate Program Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship. Now in my fifth year at the program, I am in charge of the musculoskeletal curriculum for the residency, and have been the Program Director of the fellowship for the last four years. I was drawn to MacNeal because of its long history of excellence in both family and sports medicine, and because of the quality of the residents that I met here. Since coming here, I have come to truly appreciate the staff at MacNeal and my fellow faculty – their dedication to resident education, and the feeling of family that they foster have really made an impact on me. I love teaching our residents, and they are often the best part of my day.

You’ll find that I am always up for a conversation. About anything. It’s a hobby, or a vice – I’m not sure which. I am an avid reader – both of books and of current events. Don’t tell my patients, but I love TV. And food. Really greasy fast food. I pack my and my wife’s lunch every day – but with nice healthy stuff (you can tell my patients that). When I am not at work you will usually find me spending time with my family – mostly chasing around my two sons, aged 2 and 5 wishing that I had time to get back to playing my guitar.

Yvonne T. Murphy, M.D.

Associate Program Director

I grew up in Northwest Indiana and then went downstate to Indiana University for my undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in psychology. Subsequently, I headed east to the University of Rochester in upstate New York for medical school, residency, and a two-year fellowship. In medical school, I was taught by George Engel, the physician who wrote the original paper on the biopsychosocial model of care. My residency was community-based at Highland Hospital and my fellowship focused on family therapy and faculty development.

I’ve been part of the MacNeal faculty since 2001. My passions are creating excellent residency education, teaching behavioral medicine & doctor-patient communication skills, and helping residents develop skills in maintaining their own wellbeing. My goal is to teach residents the skills they need to help patients feel better. This includes a mix of both evidence-based medical therapies and interpersonal skills. I have developed an entire curriculum that is used at Family Medicine residency programs throughout the country to teach key communication skills. I also develop and implement curricula in physician wellbeing, patient safety, psychopharmacology, and resident assessment and remediation.

I love working at MacNeal and being part of the residency program. I also love practicing full-spectrum family medicine. I practiced OB for 10 years and still do prenatal care, newborn care, many women’s health and other procedures as well as enjoying my complex geriatric patients and providing end-of-life care. It is my privilege to care for three generations of some families in our practice.

When I’m not at work, I love to walk in the woods, hang out with my teenage son and our dog, or relax with my neurologist husband who also works at MacNeal. We met in the radiology reading room of the hospital! I am also an avid environmentalist. I drive an electric car powered by wind energy, reuse or recycle everything, and am vegetarian.

Lauren M. Sullivan, D.O.

Core Faculty

Dr. Sullivan is a native of the Chicagoland area. When seeing patients with the residents she encourages them to work with the patient to create a shared plan of care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs.  

Special clinical interests:  Preventive Medicine, Women’s Health

Residency: John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital and Rush University Medical Center Primary Care Internal Medicine, MacNeal Hospital Chief Residency
Board Certification: Internal Medicine
Languages Spoken: English 

Davis Yang, M.D.

Program Director and Department Chair

I’m a Chicago native, having lived near the North Shore of Chicago since I was in first grade. I have always been drawn to health sciences and computers. I studied biomedical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston and medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago.  In 1994, I made the fateful decision to do my residency training at MacNeal Hospital in family medicine.

Twenty-six years later, I still love MacNeal and the people here.  I have seen this program from many perspectives – as an intern, chief resident, faculty member, Center Director, and currently Program Director for the past 9 years. My admiration and affection for MacNeal and its people continues to grow.

I am fortunate to have had many mentors during my time here, including the opportunity to be influenced by all four previous program directors of MacNeal, starting with Dr. Ken Kessel who founded the program in 1969. The legacy of the MacNeal program is important to me and I am passionate about maintaining the high caliber and tradition of our program.

I love to learn new things and to share that knowledge. I appreciate that my time at MacNeal has allowed and encouraged me to broaden my practice in areas such as leadership, informatics, colposcopy, Medical Acupuncture and most recently POCUS.  I strive to provide the same encouragement and opportunities for our faculty and residents to constantly grow and pursue their interests and passions.

I am an unapologetic Apple fanboy and some of my outside interests are audiobooks, GTD, and automation of any kind.

I still live on the North Shore, in Evanston, with my wife and 3 daughters, ages 19, 16, and 9.  Two of my kids were delivered at MacNeal by MacNeal FM residents.

Jeffrey Zawacki, MD

General Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Zawacki graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then did his surgical residency at the Loyola University Medical School in Chicago. During his residency he did a research fellowship in the Shock Trauma Institute at Loyola for one year. After finishing residency he did his colorectal surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  

Currently Dr. Zawacki is the Academic Director of Surgery at MacNeal and an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has served on the American Board of Surgery administering the oral certifying exam in general surgery. Dr. Zawacki has spent his entire professional career in private practice teaching residents and students at MacNeal Hospital. He has received teaching awards at every training and teaching level. He remains committed to teaching residents of all disciplines.