Paul Leo, MD

Resident – Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine Residency
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Biographical Info

I grew up in nearby Oak Park, IL, playing music, biking around town, and rooting (a bit too hard) for the Cubs. Before starting medical school, I taught high school math (Algebra 2!) in Oakland, CA, where I developed my convictions around adolescent health, social justice, and community advocacy. During medical school in Philadelphia, I worked as a patient advocate at a syringe exchange program, and later directed a free clinic at the largest men’s shelter in the city. It was through these experiences that I knew I wanted a career in family medicine, given that family medicine lies squarely in the intersection between healthcare and social justice. I couldn’t be more excited to do residency here at UIC with its strong advocacy-oriented focus on urban, underserved health.

In my free time, you’ll find me writing and recording music, running the 606, and listening to baseball games on the radio.

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Oak Park, IL

Medical School

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Awards & Distinctions

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Gold Humanism Honor Society
National Health Service Corps Students to Service Program
Participant Urban Underserved Program at SKMC
The E. Harold Hinman Prize for Family Medicine at SKMC

Clinical Interests

Urban underserved medicine
Adolescent medicine
Addiction medicine
Advocacy for homeless and housing-insecure populations


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