XinQi Dong,MD, MPH
XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Behavioral Sciences and Gerontological Nursing at the Rush University Medical Center. He received his BA from the University of Chicago, his MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago, his medical degree from Rush Medical College, and his clinical training in internal medicine and geriatric from Yale University Medical Center.
Having emigrated from China, Dr. Dong has a long standing interest in human rights issues and social justice for vulnerable populations. Dr. Dong focuses on healthy aging and violence prevention in the communities and works to improve community understanding of the prevention, detection, and intervention strategies for elder abuse. He also works to promote civic engagement to advocate for these issues. Dr. Dong was instrumental in the Chicago Wellbeing Task Force and Legislative Task Force, which helped pass the IL Elder Abuse Act into law. He helped to guide the task force in its efforts to provide educational resources and training to 50,000 city workers, grass-roots organizations, and local social services agencies on the issues of vulnerable seniors and elder abuse.
Dr. Dong has partnered with various community organizations, initiated a community advisory board, created an innovative “Saturday with Senior” program to provide health promotion exercise training, and provided relevant advice on community health issues in a column called “Ask Dr. Dong” in a local newspaper. He is actively involved in many other advocacy organizations and continues to work to pass and implement legislative initiatives related to elder abuse. Dr. Dong currently serves as an APSA Congressional Policy Fellow/ Health and Aging Policy Fellow in DC to further advocate for the issues of elder abuse and neglect at the national level.
In addition to his advocacy work, Dr. Dong has conducted extraordinarily diverse research, addressing a range of issues that is truly exceptional. His recent research has focused on the epidemiological studies of elder abuse, including overall mortality and cardiovascular related mortality. He has written extensively on psychosocial factors affecting the elderly suffering elder abuse and on the barriers encountered by minorities in the health care system. He highlights the potential of health care professionals to acknowledge and effectively make a positive social impact by addressing this important—but frequently under-acknowledged—issue.
Dr. Dong is a true innovator in his advocacy work, and he strives not only to satisfy scientific curiosity, but also to help care for the patient and inform practice and policy changes that ultimately aim to promote health and wellbeing. He has made invaluable contributions to the public good both by bettering the lives of the elderly and by honoring a broad obligation to society that extends far beyond the traditional physician-patient relationship. We are proud to have the opportunity to publicly recognize such important work.