News releases related to biology and medicine are posted online on the date of their embargo. Our releases are accessible to qualified journalists on EurekAlert!, an online news resource sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Newswise, a press release distribution service. We will fax embargoed news releases and manuscripts on request.
The University of Chicago Medicine News Office
The News Office is available to assist media professionals with breaking news, as well as finding expert health care sources, including physicians and researchers.
Primary media line
After normal business hours, dial (773) 753-1880 and press 8026 to page the on-call team member. We will respond as soon as we are able.
Media requests regarding patient conditions and hospital access
In an effort to assist journalists, the media relations team can provide patient updates in certain cases and grant limited access to medical center property.
- We are able to release only one-word conditions for patients involved in an incident of public record. (For additional information, visit the American Hospital Association’s HIPAA Privacy Regulations Overview.)
- We will respond to requests for the condition of a patient during normal business hours.
- Media must provide a patient’s first and last name.
- Information beyond a one-word status requires written authorization from the patient or legal representative.
- We do not provide condition updates on children without written authorization from a parent or guardian.
- Working journalists on hospital property must be escorted by a media relations representative. Please note certain streets on the Hyde Park medical campus are private property and cannot be used for live shots or standups. (Contact the media relations office to find out what streets are public.)
Skip Hidlay, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Lorna W.S. (Lim) Wong, Director of Media Relations
Administrative/executive issues, labor management, hospital finance, health policy and insurance, affiliations, urban and community health
Ashley Heher, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Orthopedics and sports medicine, medical education (Pritzker School of Medicine), MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, doctor-patient relations (Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence)
John Easton, Senior Science Writer/Media Relations
Cancer, heart and vascular, pulmonology, nephrology, imaging-radiology, radiation therapy, pathology, anesthesiology, biomedical and basic science, emergency medicine
Matt Wood, Senior Science Writer/Media Relations
Transplants, neurology and neuroscience/psychiatry, genetics, biology, evolution, digestive diseases, celiac disease, diabetes, burn injuries and care, health care social media, medical technology
Also: Science Life blog editor, Science Life blogger
Kat Carlton, Media Relations Specialist
Women’s health (obstetrics and gynecology), children’s health (pediatrics), Comer Children’s Hospital
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