Meet Dr. Zich

David K. Zich is an Internist specializing in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine based in Chicago, Illinois.

He appears regularly in local and national news outlets including an appearance on Oprah, news spots on NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, as well as all major local Chicago networks. He has been quoted in print on both in the news section and the Op/Ed section, as well as the Chicago Tribune and the Sun Times. His radio appearances have included WLS, WBBM, and WGN radio. In addition, he has appeared on two separate occasions with Senator Dick Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader of the US Senate, for news conferences to raise awareness about the dangers of non-FDA regulated dietary supplements.

For 12 years he has served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and taught both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and Feinberg School of Medicine. During this time he has contributed to chapters in Rosen’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine, Adam’s Textbook of Emergency Medicine, and Practical Teaching in Emergency medicine. He has a special interest in the appropriate use of antibiotics and was principle investigator at NMH for the multi-centered IMPAACT trial, Improving Antibiotic use in Acute Care Therapy.

Education & Career

Dr. Zich grew up in Normal, Illinois and graduated salutatorian of his class. He attended University of Illinois where he obtained a major from the College of Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. While there he was active in the Student Services Department working for the Student Orientation Program and was elected President of the Student Ambassadors.

He attended medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and was awarded a quarter-time research position under Dr. Vijay K. Goel, in the area of spine research. While there in 1993, Dr. Zich founded the Medical Student Ambassador Program which remains a core student group at University of Iowa two decades later. He was selected to participate in a Pathology Externship which gave him an additional year of intensive training in the pathologic basis of disease processes. He was later awarded the Oxford Clerkship allowing him to spend two months as an honorary member of Green College at Oxford University, studying both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine (Accident and Emergency) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. At graduation he was awarded the Hancher Finkbine Medallion, one of the highest awards given at University of Iowa.

Dr. Zich subsequently completed a dual-training residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he became board eligible for both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and was Chief Resident his final year of training. In 2001 he was appointed faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital as Assistant Professor of Medicine. He has been active in teaching medical students, residents and fellows in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine while practicing both. He has been recognized for his outstanding evidence-based teaching, as well as for his compassionate interactions with patients.

In addition to his academic work mentioned above, Dr. Zich has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians, denoting high achievement and fulfillment of rigorous professional standards for both specialties.

Dr. Zich was working in the emergency department the morning of September 11th, 2001 during the terrorist attacks. In the months that followed he was frequently asked to talk with the media concerning multiple medical topics surrounding these events. Since then he has become a reliable source of medical information both locally and nationally. He appeared regularly on Chicago Fox News at Noon on their health segment. Amongst other outlets, he has been on Oprah, News spots on Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Good Morning America, as well as all local Chicago news channels, radio stations, and newspapers. He has also appeared in two separate press conferences with Senator Dick Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader of the US Senate.

To better align his schedule with those of his family, Dr. Zich will be moving to a private medical practice in July of 2013. He will still maintain limited teaching duties at Feinberg School of Medicine as well as the department of Emergency Medicine, but anticipates he will continue his media presence to help educate the general public on important health issues. Given his degree in Engineering and Minor in Biomedical Engineering, the research appointment at University of Iowa, the Pathology Externship, the international training through the Oxford Clerkship, dual training in two medical specialties of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, as well as 12 years practicing and teaching in a major academic center, Dr. Zich will become arguably one of the most highly trained Private Medical Practitioners in the country.

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