Emily Graber, MDResident – Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine Residency
Bay Village, OH – adopted hometown: Chicago, IL
University of Chicago
UIC Urban Medicine Graduate
Patient-Centered Medicine Scholar
Chancellor’s Student Service Award
Bill & Jean Markel Scholarship
Urban Underserved Medicine
LGBTQ & Transinclusive Care
Born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, I moved to Chicago for college in 2007 and have been a Chicagoan ever since (it was tough to pick a side in the 2016 World Series). At the University of Chicago, I studied Comparative Human Development, which I thought was preparing me for a career in clinical psychology. After a family health issue showed me just how much physical health intertwines with mental health, I decided I wanted to address both by becoming a doctor. As I got my feet wet volunteering in nearby healthcare centers and working as an ER scribe, I was faced with stark and unjust health disparities. I wanted to get to know these patients better and prevent the need for ER trips – and thus a primary care passion was born.
UIC was my first choice for residency because it fits my interests perfectly. It gives me the opportunity to serve the underserved (incluyendo usar mi español para un buen propósito), get a top-notch women’s health training, and learn to give great LGBTQ & transinclusive care. Plus, I’m hoping to get a Masters in Public Health – supported by my residency program! – to target health disparities from a health policy level too.
These days, I live in an intentional community of friends in Avondale. When I’m not doing medical things, I’m doing coffee & food projects, biking everywhere, and trying to balance while upside down. I’ve never felt more involved in and committed to my community, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.