Welcome to the Department of Emergency Medicine

Terry Vanden Hoek, MD
Department Chair and Chief of Service
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics
Director, Program for Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Our mission is to be recognized as leaders in the field of Social Emergency Medicine by passionately promoting health for anyone at anytime in any place through innovative emergency medicine. We are committed to creating a world where our collective passion brings forth the next generation of breakthroughs to make the world a better place. This is our vision of the future. Our patients, our community, ourselves. Health. For all of us.

Our Emergency Medicine faculty serve in multiple leadership roles within the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and in our Center for Global Health.

We are actively studying interventions introduced in the emergency department to reduce the prevalence of high blood pressure (AHEAD2), provide proper pain management for sickle cell patients (ISAAC), and reduce homelessness in our community (Making Homelessness History/Better Health Through Housing).

We strive to move the field of Social Emergency Medicine forward through engagement and education in our communities such as our state-wide Illinois Heart Rescue Program, integration of a neighborhood-specific community health and empowerment workforce made up of local high school students and future health professionals (CHAMPIONS NETWork), and physician and student led community interventions targeting uncontrolled hypertension (CTOUCH).

We continue to implement innovative programs to increase and promote routine HIV and HCV screening in our emergency department and across UI Health (Project HEAL). Through increased awareness, education, and training we have identified 120 HIV and 99 HCV positive individuals over the past three years and linked them to necessary care.

With one of the most Established Emergency Medicine residency training programs in the nation, our faculty have over 30 years of experience producing outstanding emergence physicians. Our graduates span every corner of the country and have distinguished themselves in many leadership positions. Residents and medical students in our program learn to serve their communities through service, leadership, and innovation.

I welcome you to take the time to learn more about our service to the community, our residency program, our grants and the people who have made our department a success.

Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek, Department Chair and Chief of Service
Department of Emergency Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago


The National Academy announced the election of new members during its annual meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. It recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. (Link to the full story).

We are proud to announce that Terry Vanden Hoek, MD, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine, was elected as a National Academy of Medicine member.


Illinois Heart Rescue, launched in 2012 by Department Chair, Terry Vanden Hoek, partners with more than 110 hospitals and 50-plus emergency medical services (EMS) entities across Illinois. It provides no-cost quality assurance and quality improvement resources to EMS agencies. (Link to the full story)

“With so much engagement, survival rates have improved almost five-fold. That’s extraordinary,” Vanden Hoek said. “We’ve saved thousands of lives. More people understand they have the power in their hands to make a difference.”  

-Terry Vanden Hoek,


Our accomplished Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Ultrasound Research, Dr. Pavitra Kotini-Shah, participated in an AHA-hosted panel at the Women Deliver conference (the largest global conference for women/girls empowerment) in Kigali, Rwanda, in July. Dr. Kotini-Shah spoke about gender disparities in acute cardiovascular conditions and showcased the first female manikin by Worldpoint, which we now use in all our community trainings.

Powerful conversation w/ Senior Director for Social and Behavioral Health Advocacy, Stephen Brown (and others), moderated by Emily Cleveland Manchanda, MD, Associate Program Director for the Boston Medical Center Fellowship in Health Equity, discussing the structural determinants of health that prevent persons experiencing houselessness from accessing health care. (Link to video)

“How ever we can advocate for more medical respite care through some of the associations that we belong to, I think is a worthy cause.”

-Stephen Brown