Julius Richmond Community

Physician House Advising Faculty

Dr. Kelsie Avants

Dr. Kelsie Avants DO is an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is the Associate Program Director for the Med-Peds residency program. She went to medical school at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Med-Peds Residency followed by a pediatric chief residency here at UI Health. She works in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and is currently serving as Medical Director of the Pilsen COVID Evaluation Clinic. She has interests in global health, refugee and migrant health, medical education, and preventative medicine. She loves spending time with her dog Roxy, exploring the world and trying new restaurants when it is safe to do so, and making lop-sided pots in ceramics class.

Dr. Anna (Ania) Lipowska

Dr. Anna (Ania) Lipowska is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance as well as a degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She went on to earn her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Lipowska completed internal medicine residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Chicago. She is double board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and works in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Her clinical and research interests include esophageal disorders, endoscopic ergonomics and educational curriculum development.

Dr. Emily Graber

Dr. Emily Graber is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine. Originally from Ohio, she came to Chicago for college at the University of Chicago, and came to UIC for medical school and beyond.  After completing Family Medicine residency, she completed an Academic Career Fellowship and since then has been working as an attending at the Pilsen Family Health Center.  She loves providing primary as well as inpatient care for all ages, with special interests in full-spectrum reproductive (LGBTQ+ inclusive) healthcare, nutrition and lifestyle’s role in chronic disease, and Point of Care Ultrasound.  When she’s not at work, you’ll find her on her bike, doing yoga, or growing her own food (and then, of course, cooking and eating it).

Julius Richmond, MD, MS (1916-2008)

Dr. Julius Richmond’s talent for diplomacy was exceptional and matched by a genius for advancing public health. During his internship and residency at Cook County Hospital he witnessed the profound impact of poverty on child health. Figuring out how to help the most people in the most cost-effective way was to become Richmond’s lifelong mission.

His three crowning accomplishments in public health, according to pediatrician and author Judith Palfrey, were the founding of the Head Start program, the neighborhood health center movement, and the landmark public policy declaration in 1979, entitled “The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.”In 1971,Richmond was appointed to lead two departments at Harvard Medical School: the Department of Child Psychiatry and Human Development and the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Richmond as the 12th Surgeon General of the United States and Assistant Secretary for Health.


1979- Richmond issued “The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention” report. This Healthy People Report reflects Richmond’s genius as a strategic communicator and is still the major policy document informing our national and state public health agendas to this day

1979- Richmond issued the “Smoking and Health” report to help advance life saving public health change through tobacco control
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