Maria (Lolita) Alcocer Alkureishi, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Section of General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Her clinical practice is at a Federally Qualified Health Center where she sees mainly Spanish-speaking underserved patients. Dr. Alkureishi’s research interests include improving patient-centered technology to enhance communication, and qualitative research to better understand the patient perspective on technology use in clinical care.
With the support of the Gold Foundation, Dr. Alkureishi has developed workshops to train medical students, interns, residents and attendings on how to implement patient-centered technology and use communication skills to promote patient engagement. She and her team have published extensively in this area and were recently recognized as a winner of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Trust Practice Challenge, a national initiative to identify innovative, effective approaches to trust-building aims to improve health care.
Dr. Alkureishi is also Clerkship Director for Pediatrics at the Pritzker Medical School and is an active mentor and teacher for students and residents. As a result, she was the recipient of the 2014 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Gold Foundation and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society.