Heather M. Prendergast, MD, MS, MPH, MHA, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, College of Medicine
Vice-Chair Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine
Executive Director of the University of Illinois Physicians Group

808 S. Wood St., MC 724, Suite 471A
Chicago, IL 60612



MBA University of Illinois Chicago, 2023
MHA  University of Illinois Chicago 2020
MS, University of Illinois Chicago, 2014
MPH, University of Illinois Chicago, 2007
MD, University of Illinois Chicago, 1994
BS, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1988


Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland Medical Center, 1997


Reynolds Mini-Geriatric Fellowship, University of California – Los Angeles, 2005
Mini-Geriatric Fellowship, John Hopkins Medical Center, 2006

Board Certifications

American Board of Emergency Medicine
Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEM)

Currently Funded Research

Community Targeting of Uncontrolled Hypertension (CTOUCH)
Funded by the UIC Department of Emergency Medicine, 2017

Previously Funded Research

A Hypertension Emergency Department Intervention Aimed at Decreasing Disparities (AHEAD2)
Funded by NIH Research Grant (R56), 2015 – 2017

Connecting the Pieces: Health, Nutrition, Food Justice, and Obesity
Funded by the University of Illinois Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, 2012

Predictors of Progression for Right Sided Heart Failure in Minority Populations
Funded by the University of Illinois Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) Professional Development Award Scholar Program, 2011 – 2012

Active Video Game Exercise to Improve Balance and Reduce Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Funded by Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Pilot Research Grant – UIC Chancellor’s Office, 2009

Dissemination of a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Curriculum to Resident Physicians Caring for Elderly Veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Emergency Department
Funded by American Geriatrics Society, 2009

Retention and Promotion of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in Academic Medicine at the UIC College of Medicine
Funded by the University of Illinois at Chicago IRRPP/UFMP Research Funds, 2009

Understanding Factors Associated with Emergency Department Use among Minority Elderly
Funded by Illinois Department of Public Health – Center for Minority Health, 2007

Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents (GESR): University of Illinois GESR application in Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine
Funded by American Geriatrics Society and the Hartford Foundation, 2005 – 2007

Academic Interests

Cardiovascular Disease
Minority Health