Founded in 1943, Hektoen Institute of Medicine is one of the largest medical nonprofit organizations in Chicago. For over 70 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 the science of medicine.

Today, Hektoen continues to advance its mission by providing the administrative infrastructure for a $30-million portfolio of grant-funded programs on behalf of local government agencies, principal investigators, and nonprofit organizations. These programs provide critical basic health services and well as ground-breaking research to improve health outcomes for Chicago’s most vulnerable populations.

The Institute also engages in a series of educational programs, publishing Hektoen International, an online journal dedicated to advancing the medical humanities, and serving as an umbrella for organizations such as the Society of Medical History & Humanities, Nurses & the Humanities, and the Gasul Club of Pediatric Cardiology.