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James N. Woodruff, MD

Professor of Medicine

Associate Dean of Students, Pritzker School of Medicine

Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training

James Woodruff, MD, is a general internist, specializing in preventative and ambulatory medicine. He focuses on providing patient-centered care and emphasizes the importance of a strong doctor-patient relationship.

Under his leadership, clinicians and researchers work together to enhance the education of medical students, residents and fellows. Dr. Woodruff's academic interests include developing curricula for medical students and residents that focus on general medical care and career planning.

In addition, Dr. Woodruff has served as the principle investigator on studies that look at faculty and resident training skills. In one study, he examined the impact of iPads on internal medicine residency training. He has also studied the effect of faculty characteristics on the interview rating of internship candidates.

Dr. Woodruff is highly respected by his peers and has helped to organize many regional conferences that bring together program directors in internal medicine.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Medical School

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Internship and Residency

The University of Chicago Medicine


American College of Physicians
Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine
Society of General Internal Medicine

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-1455

Office Fax

(773) 834-3950

Office Postal Address

James N. Woodruff, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 7082
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Woodruff

In the first study of its kind, Dr. Woodruff and his colleagues found that overloading residents with on-call duties can detract from medical education. Read more about the study.

In 2011, the Urban Health Institute of the University of Chicago Medicine provided a $50,000 grant to help open the CommunityHealth Englewood Clinic. Dr. Woodruff, who oversees house staff from UChicago Medicine that examine and treat patients at this clinic, called the opportunity "a win-win for both the University of Chicago and the community."

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Woodruff's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.