When she was 14 years old, Dr. Thelma Jean Mathis Evans suffered from an accident that left her with a scratched cornea. After waking up in a hospital during recovery, she overheard a doctor’s conversation about her condition that left her concerned. She always remembered this incident, which prompted her to pursue medicine in order to become a better medical professional. As a physician, Dr. Evans has always strived to have a positive impact on her patients’ lives by offering the best bedside manner. In 1967, she received a Bachelor of Science with honors in zoology from the University of Illinois. She then received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she began an internship and residency. In 1973, Dr. Evans completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine with the Chicago Lung Association, and finally decided to pursue internal medicine because she found the variety of cases in the field more interesting. Dr. Evans is also certified in internal medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine and she holds a license to practice medicine in the state of Illinois.
After completing her medical training, Dr. Evans joined the staff at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, eventually rising to the position of assistant to the director of emergency services. She then served as a staff physician at various health institutions from 1977 to 1998. Later, she became a member of the advisory board of Advocate Professional Group and joined the board of directors of Advocate Health Care Network (now Advocate Health Care, Inc.). Before retiring in 2017, Dr. Evans also previously served as an instructor at Rush Medical College and as a tuberculosis control officer in the infectious disease section of the Chicago Department of Public Health. In retirement, she works part-time as a supervisor for a nurse practitioner with a home health group. In her spare time, Dr. Evans enjoys photography, gardening, going to orchestras, ballets, and operas, and collecting thimbles, bells, music boxes, coins, and key chains.
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