Promoting Medical Education, Driving Results

Throughout her career, Alexis Strongin, AB ’80, SM ’82, MD ’84, worked in medically underserved communities—both as a general pediatrician in Chicago communities and as a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at a specialized consultative care center in the Bronx.

Now residing in New York with her family, Strongin continues to recognize the critical importance of the relationship between a community physician and a tertiary care center, noting that it was crucial for her to communicate with the primary care provider about the plans for the patient and family. It was also important for her to be aware of what community resources were available to the family, and to know how to access those resources efficiently.

To assist with that locally, Alexis and her husband Steve previously made a sizable gift to support a series of conferences on urban health for physicians from UChicago Medicine and the South Side. They also established an endowed Strongin Community Service Prize to recognize commitment to urban health among Pritzker School of Medicine students.

Having served on the Visiting Committee of the College since 2009, Alexis and Steve were made Life Members this year. Alexis is looking to bring that same enthusiasm to the Visiting Committee to the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

What influenced your decision to join the Visiting Committee?

I am excited to join the Visiting Committee as I have an increasingly strong interest in medical education, particularly the importance of incorporating a strong science foundation with a humanistic approach to delivering health care.

I also remain interested in supporting solid initiatives in the area of Community Health, having spent much of my career working as a frontline community provider of health care. Finally, I am interested in learning more about how the Division is involved in addressing current issues in the area of environmental health.”

What does the University of Chicago mean to you?

I have always valued the education I received in the College, the Division of the Biological Sciences, and the medical school. I feel that I was truly taught how, and not what, to think. I find that the questions raised in all of the divisions of the University, along with the initiatives taken, are among the most important scholarly and potentially most useful and productive ventures in the world.

What have you enjoyed most about your involvement with the University?

Participating in and preserving UChicago's tradition of inquiry is of great value to me, and I have especially enjoyed the opportunities to meet and learn from the many great scholars and innovators associated with the institution.

October 2015