James N. Woodruff, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

James N. Woodruff, MD

Professor of Medicine Vice Chair, Education for the Department of Medicine
Associate Dean for Students for Pritzker School of Medicine

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.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

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

Practicing Since

  • 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons


  • University of Chicago Medicine

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  • Aetna PPO
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  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
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  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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