The University of Chicago Medicine Physician Relations team works to build meaningful relationships with referring physicians by understanding physicians' needs and addressing concerns. We also expedite access to specialists and services at UChicago Medicine and Comer Children's Hospital, serving as a collaborative bridge between you, your office staff, and our multidisciplinary physician teams. Committed to collaboration, our specialists facilitate the types of services that referring physicians are able to provide patients.


Your dedicated physician relations advocate acts as a complete resource and offers easy access to all clinical programs at the University of Chicago Medicine by facilitating:

  • Patient referrals and consults with board-certified specialists and multi-disciplinary teams at UChicago Medicine
  • Timely communications regarding referred patients
  • Scheduled visits to inform the practice of new programs, physicians, clinical trials and upcoming events at the UChicago Medicine, including meetings with University of Chicago specialists in your office and at your convenience
  • Educational programs within the practice and/or grand rounds, including Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs
  • Regular follow-up communication with you and office staff to ensure an exceptional experience

University of Chicago Medicine faculty can provide Continuing Medical Education to community hospitals and physicians in metropolitan Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Our Physician Relations Team coordinates this comprehensive program, which can meet any specific educational needs you might have. We now provide CME lectures directly to physician offices, with CME credit provided by the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Amber Schmillen, Executive Director
773-702-2007
amber.schmillen@uchospitals.edu

Steven Mauk, Assistant Director
Cancer and Heart & Vascular
312-623-6673
steven.mauk@uchicagomedicine.org

Demetria Avant, Manager
Referral Concierge Program
773-717-0458
demetria.avant@uchicagomedicine.org

Brian Cataldo, Sr. Associate
Transplant and Digestive Diseases
773-217-2563
brian.cataldo@uchicagomedicine.org

Keka Cole, Sr. Associate
MSK, Neurosciences and Post-Acute
312-623-6611
njideka.agba@uchicagomedicine.org

Brooke Hernandez, Sr. Associate
Women’s & Children’s
773-573-9500
brooke.hernandez@uchicagomedicine.org