Andrew Birkhead, MD

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


Tyngsborough, MA

Medical School

Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA)

Undergraduate School

Vassar College
(Poughkeepsie, NY)

Awards & Distinctions

Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honoree

Community Outreach Award (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Program Of Excellence Award (American Academy of Family Physicians)

Clinical Interests

Reproductive Health
LGBTQ Health
Adolescent Health

I was born and raised in New England (rooting for the Bruins, Pats, and Sox). I studied Neuroscience and Behavior at Vassar College and moved to Brooklyn, NY upon graduation for a job in digital marketing. Before I knew it I was in love with city life, and realized I would be a city-dweller forever. I saw how my neighbors in Bed-Stuy lacked access to care despite being in a city of nine million—I wanted to be the doctor that could do everything for them. I took a few extra classes at Harvard while waiting tables and soon enrolled at Tulane’s School of Medicine in New Orleans. There I married my beautiful wife Kate and raised my son Arlo in the Treme. I worked with a small team to establish the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine; a group dedicatedto improving the health of our patients by teaching them how to cook in a healthy way. I have also volunteered at a number of local free clinics and have given my time to teaching underclassmen how to be a good doctor.

I am interested in being a well-rounded physician, capable of saving my patients time, effort, and money on their way to good health by being able to carry out procedures in office. I am interested in reproductive health and want to continue to care for LGBTQ patients as a trusted physician and mentor. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents as they challenge me to fully understand the entire spectrum of medicine; from pediatrics to adult medicine to obstetrics and back again. I feel that everyone should have easy access to quality health care, and UIC FMR makes that their priority. I look forward to learning about the city of Chicago from all of my patients, remember tell me the best places to eat when I see you in clinic!

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Categories: Department of Family Medicine – Residents 2018