Founded in 1943, the Hektoen Institute of Medicine is one of the largest medical nonprofit organizations in Chicago. For over 60 years, it has promoted medical learning, education, and research in order to extend the boundaries of knowledge and improve the care of the sick. It was named after Ludvig Hektoen, professor of pathology at Rush Medical College who made many advances in science and was considered to be one of the first to devote himself prominently and consistently to medical science.
The Institute assists investigators to initiate and manage programs, help them write grants and administer such grants once they have been awarded. It also:
- Conducts a variety of educational programs;
- Publishes Hektoen International, an online journal dedicated to advancing the medical humanities;
- Supports clinical research in many different areas;
- Encourages the development of affiliations and coalitions between institutions working together to develop new programs;
- Partners with organizations of limited resources or experience to develop programs responsive to community needs; and
- Serves as an umbrella for organizations such as the Society of Medical History & Humanities, Nurses & the Humanities, and the Gasul Club of Pediatric Cardiology.