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November 12, 2012

New Pulmonologists Join Staff of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Lake Forest, Ill. – Pulmonologists and critical care specialists Frank S. Becker, MD, Ilan Yavitz, MD and Mary Zinn-Batina, MD have joined the staff of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital as part of the Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation. The medical team will manage the care of patients in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, as well as treat outpatients in their clinical suite on the Lake Forest campus.

“We are delighted to add Dr. Becker, Dr. Yavitz and Dr. Zinn-Batina to our pulmonology and critical care teams,” said Michael G. Ankin, MD, FACP, FCCP, a pulmonologist at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and the hospital’s vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer. “These three physicians bring decades of experience in leading critical care teams to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s intensive care unit and will ensure top-quality care for our most vulnerable patients.”


Frank S. Becker, MD

Board certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine, Becker has been practicing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 18 years. Becker will serve as director of pulmonary and critical care services at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. In addition to his new role in Lake Forest, Becker remains an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago with an office location in Chicago. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is a consulting physician at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Becker received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Michigan Health System.

Becker has held previous faculty positions at the University of Michigan and at the University of Minnesota. He was an attending physician at the University of Minnesota Hospital, the University of Michigan Hospital, the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the VA Lakeside Medical Center. His peer-reviewed work has been published in scientific journals such as Chest, Medicine and Journal of Immunology.

“I am excited with this opportunity to offer the quality of care and the expertise of Northwestern to the people in Lake County,” said Becker. “We have an outstanding and experienced team and are delighted to join the community at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.”

Request an appointment with Dr. Becker in Lake Forest.


Ilan Yavitz, MD

Yavitz is a native of Uruguay and received his medical degree from the Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay in 1998. He completed an internship and residency in Hospital Maciel in Uruguay and completed another internship and residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. He completed his fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center also. He is board certified in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine and internal medicine and is a fellow at the American College of Chest Physicians. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

“Lung disease is very prevalent in our communities today and can result in a variety of ailments from asthma to chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea and lung cancer,” said Dr. Yavitz. “Dr. Becker, Dr. Zinn-Batina and I are committed to treating each patient as an individual to pinpoint the diagnosis and provide a treatment plan that will lead to the healthiest life possible.”

Request an appointment with Dr. Yavitz in Lake Forest.


Mary Zinn-Batina, MD

Zinn-Batina received her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1982. She completed her internship and residency at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed her fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Zinn-Batina has held previous positions at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Central DuPage Hospital and Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. She served on the medical staff of Lake Forest Hospital from 1987 to 1990, during which time she also served on the critical care committee. She was on the critical care committee at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and served as chair from 1996-2008. Dr. Zinn-Batina has been named as one of U.S. News’ best doctors.

“I’m delighted to return to Lake Forest, where I began my career, and to join the outstanding pulmonology and critical care teams at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital,” said Zinn-Batina. “I am bringing my experience on the critical care teams at other area hospitals to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital to ensure the highest quality of care is provided to our patients.”

Learn more about Dr. Zinn-Batina.

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Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.