Ellena B

Internal Medicine


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Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine

1996 - 2000

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

2000 - 2003

Currently Practicing

Board-Certified Attending

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About Ellena

I am a board certified internist with over 20 years of diverse experience.  I have practiced in the hospital setting since 2007.  I have close to 10 years of experience as a physician advisor for 2 AMITA hospitals where I have helped recapture over a million dollars lost payments from denials.  I have extensive knowledge about clinical documentation and how it impact the DRG and case mix index for hospitals.  I have extensive experience in utilization management as well as advising physicians and case managers about status accuracy for admission.  Because I have extensive experience as a hospitalist the includes both routine patients and critically ill patients, I am very skilled at extracting information from the patient's record to accurately reflect the patient's acuity of illness which favorably impacts DRG choice, length of stay, and the case mix index.  In my experience as a physician advisor, I also handled all of the private payor denials, and I effectively overturned cases which returned over a million dollars to m hospitals.  I have experience communicating with busy physicians about the importance of accurate documentation, and I know how to communicate with them in a way the is not off putting.  As a result, I have a track record that of successfully working with doctors to improve their documentation and their understanding obtaining admission status accuracy.

From March of 2013 to March of 2020, I was the only medical consultant for Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment facility for adolescent woman and girls with mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, and eating disorders.  While there, I enjoyed great success treating an extremely medically and psychiatrically complex patient population.  While there I developed detoxification protocols and refeeding protocols that allowed for these patients to be medically stabilized with very infrequent hospitalizations.  My extensive experience with the medical management patients on multiple psychotropic medications is vast, and I am quite skilled in optimizing these complicated regimens so that patients have very few side effects from psychotropic medications.

I also have extensive clinical experience.  Early in my career, I ran a diabetic center for over 750 diabetic patients at an underserved federally qualified health center.  With our comprehensive team approach, we successfully brought facilities average hemoglobin A1c from over 9 to around 7.  I then transitioned to hospitalist medicine, where I was a founding partner of Assoicates of Inpatient Medicine.  The group grew from 5 doctors to 22 doctors and 3 nurse practitioners. I worked with my group from November of 2007 to September 27, 2020.  With the changes in Covid, I decided to leave hospitalist medicine and my job as a physician advisor so I could spend more time with my children who need supervision with online learning.  

Ellena Boddie, MD


Stanford University


Human Biology

1990 - 1994

Work Experience

Associates of Inpatient Medicine

OakBrook, IL

2007 - 2020

Founding partner of this hospitalist group that grew from 5 partners to 22 doctors and 3 nurse practitioners.  We grew from 2 hospitals to 5 hospitals, one LTACH, 2 nursing homes, and 1 residential treatment facility.  I developed extensive skills in a diverse group of patient s from routine hospitalized patients to critically ill patients in the ICU. While with AIM, I also was the consulting internist for Timberline Knolls which is the residential treatment facility for woman and adolescent girls with complex mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, and eating disorders. 

Physician Advisor

AMITA Bolingbrook and AMITA Glen Oaks Hospital

Bolingbrook IL

2013 - 2020

Physician Advisor

Executive Health Resources

Newton PA

2001 - 2013

Physician Advisor where I learned to do concurrent reviews for admission status accurracy at hospitals throughout the United States.  Learned about Medicare compliance guidelines related to admission status accuracy for different disease related groups.


ECHO Community Healthcare

Evansville, IN

2003 - 2005

Ran a diabetic center where I managed the care of over 750 medically underserved diabetic patients.  I led the team in successfully decreasing the facility's hemoglobin A1c from over 9 to close to 7.  


Chicago Family Health Center

Chicago IL

2006 - 2007

I was a staff internist practicing general primary care.

Telemedicine Physician



2020 - 2020

Provide routine primary care and urgent care to patients via online medicine. 

Research Interests
  • effect of orthostasis on depression outcomes
  • treating eating disorders from the outpatient setting