Heather Prendergast, MD


Department of Emergency Medicine

College of Medicine

Research Program

Cancer Prevention And Control (CPC)

Phone: 312-413-1214

Email: [email protected]

Heather Prendergast, MD, MS, MPH, is Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois Cancer Center. She is an administrative and academic leader with more than 25 years of combined experience in emergency medicine, health care administration, public health and translational science training. She co-leads a health equity pilot program focused on improving health outcomes for underrepresented groups and improving diversity in the physician workforce along the continuum of medical students, residents and faculty. Among her many professional accomplishments in health care and health equity, Prendergast spearheaded submission to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services for the Inaugural Healthcare Transformation Initiatives Collaborative on behalf of the University of Illinois Physicians Group, which resulted in a subsequent award of $17 million to establish the UI Health 55th and Pulaski Health Collaborative.The center partners with three federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and community-based health care organizations to provide comprehensive services to residents on Chicago’s southwest side. In addition to her work at the Cancer Center, Prendergast serves in roles at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago — where she earned her medical degree — as Professor, Associate Dean Clinical Affairs, Executive Director University of Illinois Physicians Group and Vice-Chair Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

“Representation matters and having diversity throughout our UI Health organization in key areas is important and will serve as a guiding light to make sure that our plan to enhance diversity for the Cancer Center is impactful and sustainable.”


MD, University of Illinois at Chicago

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