Department Chair

Department Chair

Message from the Department Chair, Dennis J. Esterbrooks, MD, FACC

Academic medicine is highly important in its capacity to influence the health care system by discovering new ways to improve health care and to educate future health care professionals. The Department of Medicine desires to be at the forefront of shaping the future of medicine by leading and impacting the next generation of physicians. The Department is committed to superlative clinical service to all of its patients and to the community, to outstanding education for medical students, residents, fellows, and other health professionals and to a tireless search for new knowledge to better serve our patients and learners. Through the infusion of Jesuit ideals through all their training, the Department inspires formation of physicians and allied health care providers that are dedicated to justice and service. 

Through exceptional talent and dedication to sharing their knowledge and experiences, the department faculty foster excellent professional programs. Guided by core values of freedom of inquiry, service to other, the importance of family life, the inalienable worth of each individual, and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity and religious belief, the faculty and staff stimulate critical and creative thinking and promote ethical perspectives preparing learners to function in an increasingly complex health care environment. 

The Department of Medicine is furthermore committed in affiliation with CHI Health, to providing an exceptional educational experience for all learners. A new Academic Medical Center, and free-standing Ambulatory Center, as well as a new Professional Building, Education Center, and Simulation Center will provide opportunity for more diverse and innovative education. Small groups, interactive learning modules, medical simulation, and emphasis on interprofessional education and teamwork are designed to enhance learner knowledge, further develop physical exam skills, and create learner confidence and increase learner satisfaction while preparing them for standardized testing. Our expectation is that trainees will be well prepared to practice in a value-driven, outcome-based health care system and to be leaders in the measurement of quality improvement and patient safety.


Signature of Dr. Esterbrooks
Dennis J. Esterbrooks, MD, FACC
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine