The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) is an independent organization of distinguished Chicago area health care leaders who collaborate to improve public health. With a diverse membership, consisting of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, social workers, researchers, community health workers, and others invested in the health of the area, the IOMC is able to address critical health issues through education, research, communication, and community engagement.

On June 5, 2014, the IOMC inducted University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (CON) faculty, Drs. Carol Ferrans, Barbara McFarlin, Mariann Piano, and Julie Zerwic as Fellows of the Institute. Each year Fellows are nominated by their peers; an honor that carries with it the recognition of exceptional achievement and meritorious contributions to public health. IOMC Fellows are health professionals who demonstrate extraordinary leadership.  This diverse group brings a broad body of knowledge, expertise and commitment to the mission of IOMC.

The UIC College of Nursing proudly congratulates these faculty members. 

* Carol Ferrans, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN is an internationally recognized researcher for her  ground-breaking work conducting studies focusing on quality of life and disparities in health care.

* Mariann Piano, PhD, MS, RN, FAAN is an expert researcher in heart failure and the cardiovascular effects of substance abuse such as alcohol consumption and tobacco use.  She developed the first animal model of alcohol-related cardiomyopathy, a cause of heart failure.  

* Barbara McFarlin, PhD, MS, BSN, RN, FAAN seeks to find noninvasive methods to determine risk for preterm birth in her research.  This includes focusing on an ultrasound method to detect cervical microstructural tissue changes leading to preterm birth long before a woman would have contractions, cervical shortening or ruptured membranes.

* Julie Zerwic, PhD, RN, FAAN is Executive Associate Dean for the CON. Her research focuses on patients' risk factors and symptoms of cardiovascular disease examining factors that influence patient recognition of acute coronary syndrome, stroke, and heart failure and factors that contribute to patient delay in seeking treatment.

The IOMC is a uniquely multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary organization providing a neutral forum of health care leaders in the Chicago area for nearly 100 years.  The IOMC continues to establish new programs and services to better meet the needs of its members.  For more information on the IOMC and its inductees visit