Presence Health

We are proud of the diversity and academic backgrounds of our faculty. Many have won local and national recognition for their work, and all are committed to producing outstanding graduates. As a matter of principle, we believe that it's important to have faculty who have trained in disparate settings. Bringing together people of varied experience keeps us open to new ideas and methods and keeps us vigilant in moving the program forward.

Core Faculty

Alicia Vazquez, M.D
Program Director

Dr. Alicia Vazquez joined Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center as the Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program in 2016. She came to us from John H. Stroger Hospital where she served as Associate Program Director for the Cook County-Loyola Family Medicine Residency Program for over 10 years. Prior to that, she also worked as a clinician for the Denver county hospital-Denver Health and Hospital System and as faculty with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Family Medicine Residency Program.

She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She was selected for the Faculty of the Year Award while in Denver in 2001 and for the Teacher of the Year Award while at the Cook County-Loyola Program in 2008.

Dr. Vazquez has several interests which include underserved care, women’s health and faculty development. All her previous and present clinical positions have involved providing care for underserved populations. While at Stroger Hospital, she obtained a Faculty Development Fellowship and then became the Faculty Development Fellowship Program Director for 7 years.

She lives in Evanston with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling and going for walks by Lake Michigan.


Michael Friedman, MD

Michael Friedman, MD
Associate Program Director

Dr. Friedman was appointed as the Program Director of the new combined Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Family Medicine Residency in 2003 after serving for eight years as Program Director of the Presence Saint Elizabeth program. He stepped down from that role in 2016 to focus on other responsibilities in the hospital. Dr. Friedman originally joined the Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital residency program in September 1998 after spending seven years on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. There, in addition to a part-time clinical practice, he worked with residents and co-directed the medical school's clerkship in Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his residency training at Cook County Hospital.

Dr. Friedman has research interests in clinical reasoning and the use of patients as teachers, and has presented papers on these topics at several national meetings. Board certified in Family Medicine, he is active in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He holds faculty appointments in both the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago, and the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

In 2005, he was named as the Family Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. His wife is also a family physician, and they live in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood with their two sons. When not working, Dr. Friedman likes to hike with the family in the wilderness.


Alicia Milan-Flanigan, M.D.

Alicia Milan-Flanigan, M.D.
Associate Director of Academic Affairs
Alicia Milan-Flanigan is an International Medical Graduate who received her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Rockford, serving as a Chief Resident in her last year. She was named Outstanding Family Practice Resident and received the Resident Teaching Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Upon graduation, Alicia worked as a primary care physician at PrimeCare, a FQHC, and as a community preceptor in the residency program. One year later, Dr. Milan joined the Family Medicine Residency Program of Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center as a full time faculty member. She is currently the associate program director and the Maternity Care and Women’s Health curriculum coordinator.

Board Certified in Family Medicine, she is active in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Milan has special interests in women's health, obstetrics, adolescent health, and office procedures. She and her husband David live in Lincoln Park and enjoy many of the same activities: golfing, biking, camping, entertaining, and cooking. They don't however share interest in the same baseball team (Her-Cubs, Him-Sox)!

Stephanie Place, MD

Stephanie Place, MD
Dr. Stephanie Place joined the residency program in 2014 as a member of the core faculty. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, then completed her residency training and a Faculty Development fellowship at the Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Place grew up in a rural area of Wisconsin, served on month-long medical outreach trips in Guatemala and Zambia during training, and completed her residency at an FQHC-based program in Humboldt Park. These experiences cemented her dedication to providing culturally sensitive healthcare to underserved populations.

Her clinical interests include behavioral health, addiction, and provider wellness. In her free time, Dr. Place enjoys camping, hiking and volunteering with ecological restoration projects.


Jeanine Shah

Jeanine Shah, MD
Dr. Shah was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her family medicine residency training at Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix, AZ, serving as a chief resident in her last year of residency.

Dr. Shah has special interests in obstetrics and women’s health. She completed a one-year maternal-child health fellowship through PCC Community Wellness in Oak Park, IL, and is an ALSO instructor. She loves teaching, and completed a faculty development fellowship through Cook County Health and Hospital Systems.

Dr. Shah lives with her husband and son in Wicker Park. Her hobbies are travelling, reading, singing, and exploring the Chicago restaurant scene.


Luke Heitz

Luke Heitz, MD
Dr. Heitz joined the faculty in 2017 after working over 2 years in an outpatient practice in Bolingbrook, IL. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville followed by his Family Medicine Residency at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, where he served as the Chief Resident during his final year. While he is in charge of the Practice Management and Inpatient Family Medicine Rotations, he is most passionate about outpatient primary and preventative care. He lives in the Lakeview neighborhood with his wife, Belle, and he enjoys snow skiing and traveling.


Mari Egan

Mari Egan, MD

Mari Egan MD, MHPE received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL and on the first day of medical school, she met and fell in love with her husband, who is also a family medicine physician. She signed up for the Alternative Curriculum where her curriculum had no lectures and just case-based, self-directed learning. This program got her excited in how learners incorporate and problem solve medical knowledge. She then went to Providence Family Medicine residency in Seattle, Washington which is a program just like Saints Mary and Elizabeth. She came back to work at Cook County hospital where she completed the faculty development fellowship as well as obtaining a Master's in Health Professional Education. She then worked at Northwestern University Medical School where she was the Co-Director for the Patient, Physician and Society curriculum for the medical school and the first family medicine doctor to have an "Egan College" of medical students. She then moved to the Southside and worked at the University of Chicago medical school, where she was Pre-Doctoral director for the Department of Family Medicine. She joined this residency's faculty in 2017.

She has been an Emerging Leader fellow in the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine and an AAMC Women's Leadership fellow. She was awarded the IAFP Teacher of the Year award in 2011, the 2012 AAMC Humanism in Medicine award from University of Chicago as well as their Faculty Service Award and became a fellow of the University of Chicago's Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators. She has been a NBME writer of test questions and worked in China on primary care capacity building as well as creating their first Family Medicine clerkship in a medical school. She is involved in research in medical education as well as translational research and has published in Academic Medicine, Journal of Family Medicine, American Family Physicians as well as several book chapters.

She believes this residency has some of the best faculty she has ever met as well as a strong commitment to the underserved and social justice. All the reasons why she went into Family Medicine in the first place.

Jose Nino

José Rodrigo Niño, M.D., M.A., L.C.P.C.
Behavioral Medicine Faculty
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Jose earned his M.D. degree from The Colombian School of Medicine in 1992. In 1998, he moved to Chicago to earn his graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, graduating in 2002. Between 1993 and 1998, Jose spent time in India at the Bihar School of Yoga and the Bihar Yoga Bharati studying yoga and ayurveda.

He has been an FMR faculty member at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical since 2007. In 2010, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine awarded Jose a fellowship in Behavioral Science/Family Systems Education, and in 2016 he completed The American Balint Society’s first Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship. His current focus, apart from his work on the Behavioral Science curriculum, is Physician Wellbeing and helping residents develop and strengthen their therapeutic relationship skills. He lives in Evanston with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he attempts to tame his garden, and dabbles in maintaining his physical health by running and practicing yoga.

Lisa Stevak, M.Ed., M.A.
Community Medicine Faculty
Lisa Stevak joined the program in 2008 and is responsible for the longitudinal community medicine and cultural competency curricula. She brings over 15 years of experience in the areas of health disparities, cultural competency, language acquisition, community partnership building, and curriculum design and evaluation to the residency program. In keeping with SMEMC's mission, Ms. Stevak advocates a primary health care approach that promotes a pattern of healthcare delivery in which community residents and health professionals are partners in achieving the common goal of improved health.

Ms. Stevak received her Masters of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught cultural studies in Europe, Latin America and the United States and currently consults to medical education programs and non-profit organizations. Ms. Stevak speaks Spanish and German and enjoys exploring the world and learning the language, history, and culture of others.


PrimeCare Faculty

Jim Christoforidis, M.D.

Raised in the Midwest but with a passion for international travel, Dr. Christoforidis attended medical school at Northeastern Ohio Universities' College of Medicine before moving to Chicago to continue his training. As a resident at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, he spent a month in Zimbabwe working in a rural hospital. He is board certified in Family Medicine, speaks Spanish and Greek in addition to English, and has a strong interest in cross-cultural medicine. In addition to a busy clinical practice in one of the community health center's satellite clinics, Dr. Christoforidis supervises residents in both in- and outpatient settings.


Javier Guevara Jr., MD is a board-certified family physician at PrimeCare Community Health Inc and an affiliated faculty member at the Family Medicine residency program at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. His clinical interests include women’s health, maternal-child care, LGBTQ health, academia and leadership development. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine after graduating from UNC Wilmington with a Senior Medallion award, a major in Biological sciences and a minor in Chemistry. During his residency training he won the 2015 Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Top Scoring Resident Research Presentation for his project on improving diabetic care. He also developed PrimeCare’s project to become more LGBTQ friendly. He is an active member of the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Board of Family Medicine, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. He is also a board member at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine alumni association and he was welcomed recently into its Nathan Smith Davis Society for his service contributions to the school.

Jose Huerta, MD

Jemima Kuehn

Raised in England, Dr. Kuehn first qualified as a lawyer and practiced insurance and contract law in the UK and France. She graduated from medical school at St George's, University of London in 2011 where she then also completed initial residency training.

She moved to Chicago in 2013 with her American husband and 2 children and completed her residency in family medicine at Cook County Hospital in 2016. Since then she has been working in one of the community health center's satellite clinics and its substance abuse clinic. She also works as associate faculty and enjoys supervising residents both on the inpatient service and while precepting in clinic. Dr. Kuehn is bilingual English/French and is learning Spanish.

She has special interests in chronic disease management as well as child and adolescent medicine and is passionate about providing high quality healthcare to underserved communities.

James Lang, M.D.

Since Dr. Lang finished his residency training in 1990, he has been in clinical practice. During that time, he also served as a faculty preceptor to Presence Saint Elizabeth residents. In 1998, when founder and previous program director Martin Gonzalez, M.D. retired, Dr. Lang served briefly as interim Program Director of the Presence Saint Elizabeth residency. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and completed his residency training at Cook County Hospital.

Raised primarily in West Africa, Dr. Lang has special interests in cross-cultural medicine, health care in underserved communities, geriatric medicine, end-of-life care, and spirituality in medicine. In 2005, he was honored with a Special Recognition Award for his dedication and service by the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. A frequent recipient of the residents' Teacher of the Year Award, Dr. Lang lives with his wife and five children in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Elias Murciano, M.D.

Dr. Murciano has a primarily clinical appointment in the program. He attended medical school in Venezuela, did research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and then completed his residency at the Saint Elizabeth program in June of 2002.

Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Murciano is the Medical Director of PrimeCare Fullerton and supervises residents at both the West Town site as well as on the inpatient Medicine and Maternal-Child teaching services. He enjoys outdoor activities and lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood with his wife and son.

Bridget Nord

Dr. Bridget Nord is a third generation physician from Central Illinois. She received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University while being a scholarship diver. Following family footsteps, she studied medicine at Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico. Before completing residency with the Loyola-Cook County-Provident program in Chicago, where she was a chief resident and completed a faculty development traineeship, she started a medical weight loss program with her father. She joined PrimeCare in 2015 and enjoys the variety of working outpatient, inpatient, and teaching residents.

Her medical interests include obstetrics and gynecology, addiction medicine, international health and academics. In her free time you can find her practicing yoga, biking, swimming, running, snuggling her puppy and watching the Cubs or dancing around the house with her family.

Claudia Sanchez, MD

Dr. Stephen Stabile is a family physician, practicing at PrimeCare Wicker Park. Dr. Stabile graduated from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and completed his family medicine residency at Cook County Hospital. His clinical interests include caring for underserved/immigrant patients, patients with behavioral health problems and global health.

Abigail Struck-Marcell, MD