Olga Jonasson Community

Physician House Advising Faculty

Dr. Gillian Eastman

Dr. Gillian Eastman has been an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine since 2018. She completed medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and then came to Chicago for postgraduate training at UIC Family Medicine. Her clinical interests include integrative medicine, maternity and women’s health, wellness and preventative medicine, and chronic disease management. However, some of the more rewarding parts of her job are teaching medical students and residents and helping them navigate their own unique path forward in medicine. When not working, Gillian likes to spend time with her two kids (Ben, 6 and Charlie, 3) and in her garden.

Dr. Patrice Frederick

Dr. Patrice Frederick specializes in advanced laparoscopic and robotic general surgery. She received her Bachelor of Science from Oral Roberts University and then her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria Campus.  She then pursued general surgery residency at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals.  Committed to continued professional development, Dr. Frederick completed her fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Frederick is married and is a mother of two boys, ages 5 and 6.

Olga Jonasson, MD (1934-2006)

Dr. Olga Jonasson was born in Peoria, Illinois to parents of Swedish immigrants. As a youngster, Jonasson was influenced by witnessing the work of her mother, a nurse, and her father, a pastor, in caring for the sick. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 1956 at Northwestern, and her medical degree at University of Illinois in 1958. When Jonasson decided to apply for a surgical residency, there were very few women practicing in this area. She completed residency in 1964, followed by three fellowships, one of which was at Massachusetts General Hospital in transplantation immunobiology. She joined the faculty of University of Illinois in 1967, where she developed the Division of Transplantation.Throughout her career, she served as a mentor and role-model for young female surgeons. In 1993, she became the Medical Director of the Education and Surgical Services Department of the American College of Surgeons, the first female surgeon to do so.


1968- Dr. Jonasson performed the first kidney transplant in Illinois

1976- Dr. Jonasson was named the first woman to serve on the American College of Surgery Board of Regents

1977- Dr. Jonasson was named the new Chief of Surgery at Cook County Hospital

1983- Dr. Jonasson chaired the national task force that issued a White Paper which provided broad guidelines for implementation of the newly passed National Organ Transplant Act

2006- The Association of Women Surgeons renamed their Distinguished Member Award the Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award

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