Faculty Profile

Adam Cifu
Section of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
Associate Dean for Medical School Academics, Pritzker School of Medicine

Academic Interests

Dr. Cifu is a general internist who divides his time between clinical practice, medical student education, and scholarly work related to evidence-based medicine. He sees patients in the Primary Care Group and on the inpatient general medical service. He co-directs the Third Year Medicine Clerkship and directs a course for fourth year medical students, Critical Appraisal of the Landmark Medical Literature, and a course for first year students, Introduction to Medical Evidence. He is the co-author of a textbook on clinical reasoning for medical students, Symptom to Diagnosis and a book about medical decision for the lay audience, Ending Medical Reversal. Dr. Cifu's honors include the Department of Medicine Award for Clinical Teaching in 2006, 2011, and 2016 and the Distinguished Educator/Mentor Award for the Biological Sciences Division of The University of Chicago in 2016. He is a Senior Faculty Scholar in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence and a Master in the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators at The University of Chicago. Dr. Cifu has been selected as a Favorite Faculty Member by the graduating class of the Pritzker School of Medicine 15 times.

Clinical Interests

Management of chronic diseases in adults such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


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  • BA, 1989, Haverford College, Chemistry
  • MD, 1993, Cornell University,
  • Residency, 1996, Beth Israel Hospital, Internal Medicine
  • Residency, 1997, Beth Israel Hospital, Chief Resident