Kate Pierson

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


Woodstock, Vermont



Medical School

Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY

Clinical interests

Rural health

Immigrant Health

Women’s Health

Mental Health

Addiction Medicine



Phi Beta Kappa (Reed College)


I grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont. After college I worked in prisoners’ health and legal services and investigating police misconduct in New York City. The events of 9/11 were a watershed for me: I made a career change from criminal justice to medicine. I did a year in surgery at Stony Brook and am joining UIC as the first Rural Track resident in Gibson for the class of 2023. I am interested in rural and urban poverty as these relate to issues of access to healthcare, transportation, healthy food, and green space. I chose UIC-FM because it was the most socially conscious, deliberate program that I encountered on the interview trail. I chose a rural track because of my desire to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural setting.    Hobbies: cycling, boxing, cooking, travel, photography


Categories: Residents 2023