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It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to work with the committed clinicians, researchers and educators who comprise one of the nation’s strongest and most diverse academic health care enterprises. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs is committed to fostering a collaborative environment across health disciplines that results in real outcomes for our students, patients and the public at large.

Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA  |  UIC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs


The UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs provides oversight of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which delivers comprehensive care, education, and research to communities locally and globally.

UI Health is the academic health enterprise of the University of Illinois at Chicago, consisting of the seven UIC health science colleges – including campuses across the state, hospital and affiliated clinics. Dedicated to the pursuit of health equity, UI Health provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train health care leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond.

As Chicago’s ONLY public research university, UIC prides itself on sparking new discoveries and innovations that can be practically applied for the benefit of the public and the communities across Chicago, the state of Illinois and around the world. Capitalizing on the presence of the seven UIC health science colleges, UIC and UI Health bring together expertise and curiosity across diverse disciplines like few others in the nation.

Please explore the units of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs to discover how UIC and UI Health work collaboratively to explore modern methods of health education, inspire innovative research and deliver insightful care to our patients and their communities.

OVCHA Staff Highlight

I am excited to use my advocacy skills to help UI Health fulfill its mission of providing health equity to all patients. It is energizing to be surrounded by the students who make up the next generation of healthcare workers as well as the excellent clinicians and researchers training those individuals to discover innovative solutions to the issues facing our healthcare system.

Government relations at UI Health crosses a wide variety of areas from advocating for legislation necessary to build a new ambulatory surgical center to educating legislators on the importance of the 340B drug pricing. Elected officials are constantly amazed when I tell them of the happenings at UI Health – from the quality patient care to the groundbreaking research. I am inspired by the dedication of UI Health employees to their patients and I hope to do my part in helping those patients by advocating for their needs and the needs of the healthcare enterprise at all levels of government.

Emily Gibellina, JD  |  Director, Governmental Relations Health Care

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