Christine Perks, MD, FACC
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Cardiology Fellowship: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Fellowship: OSF St. Francis Medical Center/University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL
- Consultative cardiology
- Cardiac imaging
Born and raised in Springfield, Ill., Chris first became interested in medicine during her high school years. Her mother was ill for several years and Chris was inspired by the physicians who cared for her.
Chris began her college career at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield and then earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. She pursued her medical education near home at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.
During her residency at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Chris had “wonderful teaching rotations with the cardiologists at HeartCare Midwest,” which influenced her decision to specialize in cardiology and later join the cardiovascular practice.
Practicing at HeartCare Midwest enables Dr. Perks to stay close to family, since most of her extended family lives right here in Central Illinois. Chris and her husband enjoy two puppies that keep both of them busy in their spare time. Her husband plays and teaches the trombone. Chris is an avid reader and enjoys mostly mysteries. Recently, Chris has taken up crocheting and knitting, Both she and her husband love the game of hockey and are “huge Penguins fans.”
- Internal medicine
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Nuclear medicine
Best part of the job:
“It’s a great honor to work with the physicians who taught me in residency and inspired me to pursue a specialty in cardiology. I love the opportunity to care for patients with heart disease and make a difference in their lives.”