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Patricia W. Finn, MD. Department Chair

© Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

Ben Gerber, M.D., MPH

Academic Title: Associate Professor of Medicine

Administrative Positions: Vice Chair, Health Promotion Research

Division: General Internal Medicine and Health Promotion Research

Location: 1747 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (312)996-8872 (Office) Fax: (312)413-8950



MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1995)

Intern and Resident, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1995-1998)

MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2005)

Faculty Positions:

Instructor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (1998-2000)

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2000-2004)

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2004-2008)

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2008-Present)

Clinical Specialties

Internal Medicine

Diabetes Education

Research Interests

Public health informatics

Diabetes self-management

Diabetes education multimedia for vulnerable populations

Health promoters and pharmacists in diabetes team management

Selected Publications

Cashen M, Dykes P and Gerber B. eHealth technology and internet resources: barriers for vulnerable populations. J. Cardiovasc. Nurs. 19(3):209-214, 2004.

Gerber BS, Brodsky IG, Lawless KA, Smolin LI, Arozullah AM, Smith EV, Berbaum ML, Heckerling PS and Eiser AR. Implementation and evaluation of a low-literacy diabetes education computer multimedia application. Diabetes Care. 28(7):1574-1580, 2005.

Heckerling PS, Gerber BS and Weiner SJ. The "resident's dilemma"? Values and strategies of medical residents for education interactions: a cellular automata simulation. Methods Inf. Med. 45(4):455-61, 2006.

Gerber BS, Solomon MC, Shaffer TL, Quinn MT and Lipton RB. Evaluation of an internet diabetes self-management training program for adolescents and young adults. Diabetes Technol. Ther. 9(1):60-7, 2007.

Heckerling PS, Canaris GJ, Flach SD, Tape TG, Wigton RS and Gerber BS. Predictors of urinary tract infection based on artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms. Int. J. Med. Inform. 76(4):289-96, 2007.

Rimmer JH, Rauworth A, Wang E, Heckerling PS and Gerber BS. A randomized controlled trial to increase physical activity and reduce obesity in a predominantly African American group of women with mobility disabilities and severe obesity. Prev. Med. 48(5):473-479, 2009.

Gerber BS, Stolley MR, Thompson AL, Sharp LK and Fitzgibbon ML. Mobile phone text messaging to promote healthy behaviors and weight loss maintenance: a feasibility study. Health Informatics J. 15(1):17-25, 2010.

Gerber BS, Cano AI, Caceres ML, Smith DE, Wilken LA, Michaud JB, Ruggiero LA and Sharp LK. A pharmacist and health promoter team to improve medication adherence among Latinos with diabetes. Ann. Pharmacother. 44(1):70-9, 2010.

Gerber BS, Cho YI, Arozullah AM and Lee SY. Racial differences in medication adherence: a cross-sectional study of medicare enrollees. Am. J. Geriatr. Pharmacother. 8(2):136-45, 2010.

Kositsawat J, Freeman VL, Gerber BS and Geraci S. Association of A1c levels with vitamin D status in U.S. adults: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Diabetes Care. 33(6):1236-8, 2010.

Rimmer JH, Hsieh K, Graham BC, Gerber BS and Gray-Stanley JA. Barrier removal in increasing physical activity levels in obese African American women with disabilities. J. Womens Health (Larchmt).19(10):1869-76, 2010.

Houston TK, Cherrington A, Coley HL, Robinson KM, Trobaughe JF, Williams JH, Foster PH, Ford DE,  Gerber BS, Shewchuk RM and Allison JJ. The art and science of patient storytelling-harnessing narrative communication for behavioral interventions: The ACCE Project. J. Health Commun. 16(7):686-97, 2011.

Lora CM, Gordon EJ, Sharp LK, Fischer MF, Gerber BS, Lash JP. Progression of chronic kidney disease in Hispanics: Potential roles of health literacy, acculturation, and social support. Am. J. Kidney Dis. 58(2):282-290, 2011.

Khan MA, Shah S, Grudzien A, Onyejekwe N, Banskota P, Karim S, Jin J, Kim Y and Gerber BS. A diabetes education multimedia program in the waiting room setting. Diabetes Ther 2(3):178-88, 2011.

Nutescu EA, Bathija S, Sharp LK, Gerber BS, Schumock GT and Fitzgibbon ML. Anticoagulation patient self-monitoring in the United States: considerations for clinical practice adoption. Pharmacotherapy. 31(12):1161-74, 2011.

Collins EG, Oʼconnell S, McBurney C, Jelinek C, Butler J, Reda D, Gerber BS, Hurt C and Grabiner M. Comparison of walking with poles and traditional walking for peripheral arterial disease rehabilitation. J. Cardiopulm. Rehabil. Prev. 32(4):210-8, 2012.

Gerber BS, Rapacki L, Castillo A, Tilton J, Touchette DR, Mihailescu D, Berbaum ML and Sharp LK. Design of a trial to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacists and community health promoters working with African-Americans and Latinos with diabetes. BMC Public Health. 12(1):891, 2012.

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