Thank you for taking the time to explore our program and all it has to offer. As Chief Residents, we are obviously partial to the University of Chicago, but we truly believe our training program ranks among the best in the country.


More Information – Our Chiefs’ Site

If you are interested in the program, you should also feel free to browse our Chiefs’ website. While much of the information is directed toward our own residents, you can get a better sense of the program’s inner workings.


About the Chiefs

Kirk Cahill

(He / Him / His)

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Career Plan: Hematology/Oncology


Hi everyone! Welcome to the program website! My name is Kirk, and I grew up in Indiana. I went to Indiana University for undergraduate and then Pritzker for medical school. I enjoy being in a big city like Chicago where there is always something to do with friends, and there are so many great restaurants. In the summer, I like running along the lake path and the river walk with all of the beautiful architecture.

I loved medical school at the University of Chicago and looked up to a lot of the residents in the internal medicine program, which is one of the many reasons I chose to stay. Over the last three years, it has been an honor to be a part of the University of Chicago Internal Medicine Residency program. We have so many great residents who go above and beyond to serve our patients and also help each other.  It has been humbling to work with so many smart co-residents who also work hard in a fun, enthusiastic, and supportive environment. Resident autonomy, faculty mentorship, and research opportunities are strengths of our program that allow residents to rise to their potential in advancing their medical training. As a chief, I hope to continue this tradition and look forward to sharing these experiences with others. Thank you again for your interest in the program, and I look forward to meeting you.


Jennifer Houpy

(She / Her / Hers)

Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Career plan: Pulmonary/Critical Care


Welcome everyone! My name is Jen, and I’m looking forward to meeting you and talking with you about our program. 

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before traveling to Boston for undergrad at Harvard.  I was excited to return home to attend medical school at the University of Chicago and thrilled to stay here for my Internal Medicine Residency. 

I’ll be pursuing fellowship training in Pulmonary/Critical Care. Medical Education has always been a key aspect of my career plan and scholarship.  My research has focused on medical student resilience and interprofessional education, and the residency has allowed me many varied opportunities to get involved with medical student teaching. 

As a medical student, I was always impressed by the medicine residents’ comradery, commitment to teaching, thoughtful autonomy, fierce advocacy for our patients, and emphasis on evidence-based patient care. As a resident, I’ve always felt well-supported by faculty in the clinical and research realms and am regularly inspired by my colleagues. I’m biased, but Chicago is also a great place to live. I enjoy walking by the lakefront, exploring the many theater options, and cheering at Chicago sporting events. 

Email me with any questions! I’d love to work with you to find how our program can help you achieve your goals!


Joshua Katz

(He / Him / His)

Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago

Career Plan: Endocrinology


Hey all! My name is Josh and I am very excited for the opportunity to meet you! Thank you for your interest in our program and I’d love to answer any questions you have about our residency.

A little bit about me – I was born in Maryland, but growing up I moved around from coast to coast and have lived in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia. I came to the Midwest in 2011 for medical school and fell head over heels in love with Chicago.  It is by far my favorite city that I have ever lived in. The people are amazing, the food can’t be beat, and there is always something new to discover.

Career-wise, I am interested in the intersection between Endocrinology and Global Health. I am a large advocate for underserved care both locally and internationally. Working on the south side of Chicago has provided ample opportunity to work with a diverse and underserved patient population. Additionally, since starting medical school I have spent over a year and a half working in clinics in rural Bolivia. Throughout my residency I have maintained these connections and have returned to Bolivia during each of my years of residency. I have used my connections abroad to help set up additional opportunities for University of Chicago residents to explore Global Health.

Thanks again for your interest and don’t hesitate to reach out!


Elizabeth Munroe

( She / Her / Hers)

Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Career plan: Pulmonary/Critical Care


Hello and welcome to the University of Chicago!

My name is Elizabeth. I grew up in Indiana. I went to Columbia in New York City for undergrad but came back to the Midwest for medical school at the University of Chicago. I’ve been in love with Chicago ever since. Chicago is the perfect mix of big city and Midwestern charm. Living steps away from Lake Michigan doesn’t hurt! I’m a former swimmer and love open water swimming in the lake, as well as running and walking along the lake path when the water is too cold for a swim.

The University of Chicago is also a wonderful place to train. My co-residents regularly inspire me with their dedication as physicians and their commitment to going above and beyond for both their patients and their colleagues. The faculty at the U of C are also deeply devoted to resident learning and have made training here a rewarding experience. My time during residency led me into the world of Pulmonary / Critical Care. I’ve developed a particular interest in Critical Care Outcomes research in ARDS and shock and have had the opportunity to work with some amazing faculty here on this research.

I am excited to be spending another year at the University of Chicago as Chief Resident, and look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the program and city I love!