Howard S. Gordon, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Gordon studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed his medical training at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and survived internship and residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). He completed a three-year health services research fellowship at University Hospitals in Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University with selected statistics and health policy coursework in 1996.

Dr. Gordon moved his research program to Chicago in 2006, after almost ten years at Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston VAMC. Dr. Gordon is board certified in internal medicine and teaches residents and medical students at the University of Illinois Medical Center and the Jesse Brown VAMC.

Research Interests

Understanding, reducing, and eliminating racial disparities in health care; assessing and improving physician-patient communications

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

HS Gordon, O Pugach, ML Berbaum, ME Ford. Examining patients’ trust in physicians and the VA healthcare system in a prospective cohort followed for six-months after an exacerbation of heart failure. Patient Education and Counseling, 2014 July 22. [See abstract.]

Burgess DJ, Taylor BC, Phelan S, Spoont M, van Ryn M, Hausmann LR, Do T, Gordon HS. A Brief Self-Affirmation Study to Improve the Experience of Minority Patients. Appl Psychol Health Well Being. 2013 Oct 4.

Merkow RP, Bilimoria KY, Sherman KL, McCarter MD, Gordon HS, Bentrem DJ. Efficiency of colorectal cancer care among veterans: analysis of treatment wait times at veterans affairs medical centers. J Oncol Pract. 2013 Jul 1;9(4):e154-63.

Ahluwalia SC, Levin JR, Lorenz KA, Gordon HS. "There's no cure for this condition": how physicians discuss advance care planning in heart failure. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 May;91(2):200-5. Epub 2013 Jan 29.

Sharp LK, Ureste PJ, Torres LA, Bailey L, Gordon HS, Gerber BS. Time to sign: the relationship between health literacy and signature time. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Jan;90(1):18-22. [See abstract.]

Ahluwalia SC, Gordon HS. Advance care planning safeguards. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Nov;27(11):1404; author reply 1405.

Merkow RP, Bilimoria KY, McCarter MD, Chow WB, Gordon HS, Stewart AK, Ko CY, Bentrem DJ. Effect of histologic subtype on treatment and outcomes for esophageal cancer in the United States. Cancer. 2012 Jul 1;118(13):3268-76. [See abstract.]

Ahluwalia SC, Levin JR, Lorenz KA, Gordon HS. Missed opportunities for advance care planning communication during outpatient clinic visits. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Apr;27(4):445-51. [See abstract.]

Hausmann LR, Hanusa BH, Kresevic DM, Zickmund S, Ling BS, Gordon HS, Kwoh CK, Mor MK, Hannon MJ, Cohen PZ, Grant R, Ibrahim SA. Orthopedic communication about osteoarthritis treatment: Does patient race matter? Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2011 May;63(5):635-42. [See abstract.]

Gordon HS, Gerber BS. What we've got here is a failure to communicate. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Feb;26(2):104-6. Editorial.

Hausmann LR, Mor M, Hanusa BH, Zickmund S, Cohen PZ, Grant R, Kresevic DM, Gordon HS, Ling BS, Kwoh CK, Ibrahim SA. The Effect of Patient Race on Total Joint Replacement Recommendations and Utilization in the Orthopedic Setting. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Sep;25(9):982-8. [See abstract.]

Gordon HS, Nowlin PR, Maynard D, Berbaum ML, Deswal A. Mortality after hospitalization for heart failure in blacks compared to whites. Am J Cardiol. 2010 Mar 1;105(5):694-700. [See abstract.]

Morse DS, Edwardsen EA, Gordon HS. Missed opportunities for interval empathy in lung cancer communication. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Sep 22;168(17):1853-8.

Arozullah AM, Gordon HS, Yarnold PR, Soltysik R, Ferreira M, Wolf MS, et al. Predictors of prostate cancer stage at presentation using optimal discriminant analysis. J Gen Inter Med. 2008 Mar;23(Suppl 2):376.

Jaroszewski DE, Huh J, D. Chu, Malaisarie SC, Riffel AD, Gordon HS, Wang XL, Bakaeen FG. Utility of detailed preoperative cardiac testing and incidence of post-thoracotomy myocardial infarction. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008; Mar;135(3):648-55.

Street RL, Gordon HS.  Companion participation in cancer consultations.  Psychooncology. 2008;17(3): 244-251.

Ford ME, Alford SH, Britton D, McClary B, Gordon HS. Factors influencing perceptions of breast cancer genetic counseling among women in an urban health care system. J Genet Couns. 2007 Dec;16(6):735-53.

Street RL, Gordon HS, Haidet P. Physicians’ communication and perceptions of patients: Is it how they look, how they talk, or is it just the doctor? Social Science & Medicine. 2007 Aug;65(3):586-598.

Street RL, Gordon HS.  The clinical context and patient participation in post-diagnostic consultations. Patient Educ Couns. 2006 Dec;64(1-3):217-24.

Gordon HS, Street RL Jr, Sharf BF, Souchek J. Racial differences in trust and lung cancer patients' perceptions of physician communication. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Feb 20;24(6):904-9.