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Meet the faculty members of Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency.

Kenneth Yokosawa, M.D.

Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College

Dr. Yokosawa was named the Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program Director in March 2014 and has over 23 years of experience in Medical education. He served as the Family Medicine Clerkship Director for Michigan State University/College of Human Medicine, and was full-time faculty for the Michigan State University/Genesys Regional Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program. During his tenure as full time faculty, Dr. Yokosawa served 5 years as Assistant Program Director and 14 years as the Program Director.

Dr. Yokosawa is board certified in Family Medicine and has completed several fellowship training programs: Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship at OMERAD/Michigan State University, CHM East Lansing, Michigan; Faculty Development Fellowship NIPDD I AFPRD/National Institute for Program Director Development, Kansas City, Missouri; and the Advanced Faculty Development Fellowship NIPDD II AFMRD/National Institute for Program Director Development II, Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2010-2012, as the co-principle developer for the Michigan State University CHM/GRMC and Zhejiang University Medical School/SRRSH Hospital Collaboration, Dr. Yokosawa successfully developed the first ACGME-ready Family Medicine Residency in Hangzhou, China.

Over the years, Dr. Yokosawa has received numerous awards of recognition, including Excellence in Teaching for Outstanding Full-Time Faculty, Outstanding Community Faculty Award, Certificate of Excellence for Teaching, and most recently the Program Director's Achievement Award.

Dr. Yokosawa is an avid aviation and automotive enthusiast who holds a private pilot license. In his spare time he often can be found building his experimental aircraft or restoring one of his classic automobiles.

Brenda K. Fann, M.D., FAAFP

Dr. Brenda Fann

Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs
Senior Faculty, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency and Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College

Dr. Brenda K. Fann is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has always had an enthusiastic interest for teaching medical students and residents. Except for a two-year hiatus, Dr. Fann has been at our residency program and Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College since 2001. She was Program Director for several years before transitioning into her current role as Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs. She remains senior faculty within the program.

Prior to that, she was Assistant Clinical Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California in Riverside, California. There, her medical students awarded her the "Best Clinical 5th Year Professor". Inpatient medicine, case-based teaching rounds, interactive didactic are just a few of Dr. Fann's interests.

Besides her work in the residency program, Dr. Fann is Chair of the Credentials Committee for the hospital and was chosen by her peers to receive the Medical Staff Leadership Award for her work on this committee.  Also active in her community, she is currently an Honorary Board Member after having served for years on the Board of Directors at a local free medical clinic. There, she created three chronic care clinics emphasizing education and compliance for asthmatic and hypertensive patients and was honored with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Daily Points of Light Award for those accomplishments. Dr. Fann has also given several presentations to a variety of community groups on topics such as women and heart disease, alternatives to hormone replacement therapy, preventive medicine, well childcare, and cold & flu self-management.

Dr. Fann graduated in 1995 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors. After completing her internship at St. Michael Hospital Family Practice Residency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from Kaiser Permanente Family Practice Residency in Riverside, California.

Spending time with her family, reading, raising chickens, and camping are some of Dr. Fann's personal interests.

Majad Ali, M.D.

Family Medicine Faculty, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Ali has been with Rush Copley since 2001, where he first started as a Family Medicine resident. He was selected as “Resident Teacher of the Year” by his fellow residents and medical students.  Dr. Ali is a part-time adjunct faculty member and has his own private practice. Dr. Ali likes performing in-office procedures such as joint injections and minor surgical procedures, which complement his interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

Dr. Ali graduated from UTESA (Universidad de Technologica de Santiago) and he is fluent in Spanish. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In 2017 and 2015, Dr. Ali was awarded the “Teacher of the Year” by the residents and he received the “2011 Nursing Award for Physician of the Year.”

Cynthia Hays, PhD

Cynthia Hays, PhD

Faculty, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency

Dr. Cynthia Hays is a licensed clinical psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association. An Iowa native, she graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She earned her Master’s degree at the University of Colorado and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She completed her residency training at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Hays continued on to a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Chicago Hospitals in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her training was conducted in the Hyperactivity, Attention, and Learning Problems specialty clinic. She has also completed a two-year post-graduate program in Neuropsychology at the Fielding Graduate Institute with a specialized focus on pediatric neuropsychological assessments. Dr. Hays has spent the past 15 years in private practice, providing neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults between the ages of 4-22.

Dr. Hays currently holds a part-time appointment at Rush Copley which is jointly shared by the Physical Rehabilitation Department and the Family Medicine Residency Program. Her role as a faculty member of the Family Residency Program includes supervising and collaborating with residents about the emotional and behavioral concerns of their patients, providing didactic instruction of behavioral health topics commonly found in health care settings, and consulting with patients. Dr. Hays also provides psychological support and education to patients and staff on the acute rehabilitation unit.

Dr. Hays’ clinical interests include ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, Developmental Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, and Anger/Oppositional Behavior. In addition to her duties at the Rush Copley Medical Center, Dr. Hays maintains her private practice in Hinsdale, IL where she specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents.

Dr. Hays resides in Bolingbrook, IL with her two teenage daughters. She enjoys spending her free time attending and photographing her children’s sports activities, reading, and attempting DIY home projects.   

Rebecca Lara, M.D., EdM

Rebecca Lara, MD, EdMCore Faculty, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College

Dr. Rebecca Lara is native to the Chicagoland area. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an undergraduate student, graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and completed her residency at the Boston University Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program. Due to her interest in medical education, she participated in the Primary Care Academic Fellowship at Boston University Medical Center during which she received her Master's in Education degree from Boston University School of Education. Prior to her arrival at Rush Copley, Dr. Lara was a faculty member within the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, where she was the Course Director for the 4th year Sub-Internship for Inpatient Family Medicine, the Curriculum Director for Inpatient Medicine for the Family Medicine Residency program, and part of the Inpatient Medicine Leadership team for the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Lara's professional and research interests include care team dynamics, care for patients with intellectual disabilities, care for patients with complex medical issues (such as psychological conditions or substance use issues), and reflection in medical education. She is an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and has presented at numerous conferences including the STFM Annual Spring Conference, the STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Conference, and the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) Annual Meeting. Given her focus on evidence-based medicine, she has given Grand Rounds presentations for the Boston University Department of Family Medicine, as well as the Inpatient Medicine Weekly Conference for the Family Medicine Residency program. Additionally, Dr. Lara has participated in peer review for Family Medicine, the journal of STFM.
Outside medicine, Dr. Lara enjoys music from many genres, exploring interesting restaurants and new cuisine with friends, playing card games with family, reading (particularly fantasy and science fiction genres) and journaling.

Gregory Milani, M.D.

Family Medicine Faculty, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Milani completed his undergraduate studies at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and subsequently graduated from Loyola University Medical Center in June of 1992. He is an advocate for finding ways to improve the care of our patients and remains active in several hospital committees and currently serves as the Chair of the Medication Safety Committee.  He has been a teaching attending for the Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency program since its inception.

Dr. Milani has been with Rush Copley Medical Center for over 13 years. His interactive, good-nature and friendly personality keep patients devoted to his practice. From pediatrics to general medicine and health maintenance, he has the tools and expertise to care for the entire family.

In 2001, 2009 and 2014, Dr. Milani received the “Teacher of the Year” award and recently was the recipient of the “2011 Medical Staff Quality/Safety Award.”

Deepak S. Patel, M.D., FAAFP, FACSM

Director of Sports Medicine, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Patel, a Rush Copley Medical group physician, is board certified in family medicine and primary care sports medicine.  He has office locations in Aurora and Yorkville.  Prior to joining Rush Copley, Dr. Patel was Associate Director at Flower Hospital Family Medicine Residency and The Toledo Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in Ohio.
Dr. Patel was honored as the recipient of the 2012 Julius S. Newman, M.D. Education Award which honors outstanding commitment to the education of physicians as exemplified by the late Julius S. Newman, M.D. by his dedication to the continuing education of fellow physicians and healthcare professionals.

He enjoys many aspects of family medicine and sports medicine, including his special interests in evidence based medicine and preventive medicine.  He has authored, mentored, and served as section editor for several publications and textbooks on family medicine, but more often on sports medicine topics.  He lectures on sports medicine topics at the annual AAFP Scientific Assembly (FMX) in addition to other national CME events.  Currently, he is also the team physician for Plano and Sandwich High Schools.  He is the concussion consultant for several additional area school districts.  Throughout his career, he has served as team physician for High Schools, Division-I Universities, and Semi Professional sports teams.

He completed his family medicine residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford and also served as chief resident.  Subsequently, he completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship at University of Michigan.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, education committee member of American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and Assistant Professor at Rush Medical College. He has also served as Chair of the CME committee for Rush Copley Medical Center.

Kate Rowland, M.D., M.S., FAAFP

Kate Rowland, MDFaculty, Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor, Rush Medical College

Dr. Kate Rowland is originally from Chicago.  She attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a degree in Spanish, before returning to Chicago to attend medical school at Rush University.  Upon graduation, she completed residency at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Family Medicine Residency, where she also served as chief resident.  After residency, she completed a fellowship in primary care clinical research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Chicago.  She earned a Masters of Science in Health Services Research from the University of Chicago as well. Prior to joining the faculty at Rush Copley, Dr. Rowland was on the faculty at Advocate Illinois Masonic, where she was core clinical faculty, director of the inpatient service and curriculum director.  She was also faculty at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Currently, in addition to being core faculty with the residency, Dr. Rowland serves as the associate clerkship director for the Rush Medical College primary care clerkship.

Dr. Rowland’s professional interests include clinical questions, dissemination of new evidence into practice, and physician and student reflection on their work. Dr Rowland has worked with the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (past member of the Board of Directors and Vice President for Membership) and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Family Practice. She is a frequent lecturer on new information in the medical literature as well as topics of dissemination and diffusion of scientific evidence.

Dr. Rowland is also an avid writer.  She has published medical narratives and finds writing to be a path to both medical and personal discovery.

Dr. Rowland’s approach to patient care is collaborative.  She believes in making recommendations based on shared goals with patients.  She practices evidence-based, patient-centered family medicine.

Dr. Rowland is board certified in family medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is on the board of directors of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. She lives with her husband (a college professor) and three children (including twins and a singleton) in Naperville.  She likes to read, play trivia games, and play recreational team sports.