Faculty Profile

Katie Tataris
Section of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
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Medical Director, Chicago South EMS System – Region 11; Program Director, EMS Fellowship

Academic Interests

Dr. Tataris is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine with a broad range of academic interests encompassing EMS, healthcare, and public health. As the Medical Director for the Chicago South EMS System, she is responsible for medical oversight of the system and is part of the Region 11 EMS Medical Directors Consortium. Dr. Tataris is chair of the Region 11 EMS Education Committee and develops educational initiatives for Chicago EMS. She is involved in EMS Systems of Care improvement including STEMI, Stroke, and Trauma. Her research interests include resuscitation, cardiac arrest, mass gathering medicine and EMS systems of care. She is the Medical Director of the Community Paramedic program for the Chicago Fire Department Mobile Integrated Healthcare unit and works to improve EMS utilization, develop mental health crisis response, and outreach for opioid substance use disorder. She has piloted innovation programs on telemedicine for EMS. She is the EMS Medical Director and Primary Investigator at University of Chicago for the Prehospital Airway Control Trial (PACT) which is a prehospital clinical trial to evaluate airway management in trauma patients. Dr. Tataris has served as the Program Director for the EMS Fellowship since 2018 and trains EMS fellows to become leaders in the subspecialty of EMS.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Tataris works clinically as an Emergency Medicine Physician in the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments at University of Chicago. She works in Event Medicine providing medical director services. She also provides disaster response medical care as a Medical Manager for the Illinois Task Force 1 – Urban Search and Rescue Team. Her clinical focus is Physician field response and advanced medical care in the prehospital setting.


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  • BS, 2004, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Bioengineering
  • MD, 2008, Rush Medical College
  • Residency, 2012, Cook County Hospital, Emergency Medicine
  • MPH, 2013, University of California Berkeley, Epidemiology
  • Fellowship, 2014, University of California San Francisco, EMS - Disaster Medicine