Saint James School of Medicine Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony

Friday, June 2nd, 2023
6:00 p.m.

Allegra Banquets
5035 N. River Road,
Schiller Park, IL 60176
Tel: 847-987-0897


Cocktail hour 6:00 pm

  • Sign in Registration/Alumni Desk
  • Photo and video booth
  • Cash Bar. Hors d’oeuvres
  • SJSM Merchandise

Graduation Ceremony 7:00 pm

  • Introduction
  • Procession of faculty and graduates
  • Opening remarks by the Provost
  • Student Speaker
  • Co-key note speaker
  • Keynote speaker
  • Graduates walk across the stage

Closing Remarks 8:30 pm

  • Vote of Thanks
  • Exit Procession

The 2023 Graduation ceremony, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates of 2023, will take place on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 on your impending graduation! Below you will find the additional information about the ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, at the Allegra Banquets in Schiller Park, IL. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 pm.

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James Welsh, MD, MS, FACRO – Trustee/ Keynote

James Welsh, MD, MS, FACRO
Co-key note speaker

Dr. James Welsh is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist and Neuro-Oncologist who is a Professor and Director of Translational Research of Radiation Oncology at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the Radiation Oncology Chief of Service at The Edward Hines Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Welsh received his Master of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and his MD at The State University of New York, Stony Brook. His postgraduate residency training was at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he went on to serve as a faculty member before moving to the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

There he lead clinical research efforts in helical tomotherapy, a novel form of image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy for treating cancer patients. Dr. Welsh served as a Professor of Radiology, Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology at Louisiana State University, Shreveport before joining the Loyola team. Dr. Welsh is one of the few physicians with experience using fast neutrons therapy when treating cancer patients at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Additionally, he currently serves as a proton beam therapy specialist for Loyola and has amassed experience and expertise with Gamma Knife and Cyberknife stereotactic radiosurgery. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and served as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Radiation Oncology. He is the author of more than 200 peer reviewed publications and has authored a popular book on cancer immunotherapy, ‘Sharks get Cancer, Mole Rates Don’t’.

Eric T. Mizuno, MD

Eric T. Mizuno, MD
Co-key note speaker

Dr. Eric T. Mizuno, a Chicago native is a board-certified Internist, Associate Professor at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and Philanthropist who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. Dr. Mizuno is an internationally recognized expert on geriatric and natural healing, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including ABC 7, WGN News, and CBS 2 Chicago. Dr. Mizuno’s is currently signing a contract with the #1 Hispanic television networks to help Hispanics on understanding health and healthcare.

Dr. Mizuno is ranked as one of the top 3 Internists in Illinois, praised by Illinois politicians for his many services in helping our nation when under distress. When disaster struck New Orleans, Dr. Mizuno left his practice at Northwestern to help the victims and provided medical care for more than 5,000 victims. Not too shortly after, he used his own personal funds to provide medical assistants during the natural disaster in Haiti. Dr. Mizuno's clients range from Heads of State to disaster-stricken victims. With his one motto that “Everyone deserves the best without cost” he is beloved by so many, and never turns away a patient.

Dr. Mizuno established a unique practice that specializes in treating a variety of medical problems with lifestyle changes and nutrition. The doctors at Omni HealthCare have experience with the variety and complexity of problems that can present in general medicine. They also have experience and have demonstrated success in helping patients achieve overall health.

Monzer Yazji, MD, FACP

Monzer Yazji, MD, FACP

Dean of Clinical Sciences - Southwest Region (SJSM)

Monzer Yazji, MD is the owner and President of a Multi-Specialty practice in south Texas. He has been practicing in the United States as a physician specializing in Internal Medicine since 1995, and Obesity Medicine since 2016. He is a co-founder of UOSSM International and a co-founder and the serving President of UOSSM USA.

Along with finding the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association in 2006, Yazji, MD is a present board member of various associations and organizations such as South Texas Health Systems and the Cornerstone Regional Hospital. Yazji, MD is the current Medical Director for the South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute, and also a designated ambassador for Novo Nordisk Inc. on diabetes prevention and treatment. He is currently recognized by the State of Texas as a Designated Doctor, and his clinic is recognized as a High Performer, for Workman’s Compensation. He is the Chair and CEO of the South Texas Clinical Partner ACO, which he coordinated and built in South Texas.

Yazji’s, MD certifications and licenses include board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and a recent appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor by the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Yazji, MD has worked with the United Nations, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, and has participated in several international medical relief missions.

Dr. Youssef Majed

Youssef Majed, MD

Dr. Majed is a highly experienced medical professional holding multiple key roles in the healthcare industry. As the Designated Institution Official, Chief Academic Officer, and GMEC Chairman at the South Texas Health System GME Consortium, he ensures accreditation, enhances curriculum, improves GME program quality, and maintains educational compliance. Dr. Majed serves as the Medical Director/COO/Co-Owner of the Chicago Medical Training Center, where he develops comprehensive USMLE and NCLEX review courses and oversees numerous medical students annually. He also owns and manages Chaaban Realty Properties LLC, M & M Realty LLC, and Alpha Med Omega LLC, which encompass medical clinics, a medical center, and medical education services. With extensive medical education experience, Dr. Majed has directed clinical services, provided curriculum and accreditation consultation, and fostered partnerships with medical schools and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with accreditation bodies such as IAAR, LCME/GMC, CAAM-HP, and ACCM. Dr. Majed holds a Doctor of Medicine degree, has completed clinical rotations in various specialties, and possesses a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Additionally, he has published research findings.

Dr. Deena Mohammed

Deena Mohammed, MD

Board Certified in Internal Medicine with an MD degree from Saint James School of Medicine, Dr. Mohammed is licensed in Texas and Illinois and holds certificates in ECFMG, ACLS, and BLS. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, where she holds Level 1 and 2 certificates with Level 3 currently in progress. Her professional experience includes working as an internal medicine physician and hospitalist at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL, where she manages an average of 16-22 complex patients daily. She has also received honors and awards such as House staff President at Saint Francis Hospital and Stars Scholarship Recipient. Dr. Mohammed has volunteered with various charitable organizations and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas-Pan America. She currently works for ASAS Health and serves the greater Rio Grande Valley area.

Justin - David Okoro

Justin - David Okoro
Student Speaker

Dr. Okoro was an active member of the Anguilla Red Cross helping to provide relief to local communities. Throughout his medical education, he helped his fellow students by serving as a tutor while maintaining exemplary academic standing. He became an active volunteer with the Special Olympics of Illinois while accomplishing his clinical rotations. He matched into Surgery-Preliminary at Ascension Providence in Southfield, MI.



Here a the links to 5 hotels nearby.

Hotel Name Distance from the hotel to the Venue
Closer to Allegra Banquets
Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel
0.3 miles
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
0.5 miles
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
0.7 miles
Aloft Chicago O’Hare
0.6 miles
Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
0.9 miles


Plenty of parking available on all sides of the venue as well as adjacent lots.


A photo montage displaying all the great memories you have from the campuses and your clinical rotations will be projected throughout the arena prior to the start of the Graduation Ceremony. Please be aware that the photos submitted will be shared with the general audience attending the ceremony. Submit your electronic photos to by May 15th, 2023.


There will be a professional photographer and videographer on the day of the ceremony. You will be photographed as you are hooded and when you receive your “diploma”. All graduates will receive digital copies of those photos.

Further information will be provided for additional photo requests following the weeks after graduation.