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About Dr. Tonja R. Austin

Dr. Tonja Austin is a Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine graduate and a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician. She was awarded the degree of Fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2008 in recognition of her professional competence and the quality of health care she has provided to the people of America. She enjoys practicing the full scope of family medicine, which includes but is not limited to: adult medicine; care of newborns, infants, children, adolescents; and gynecological care. Dr. Austin has a special interest in hypertension and has spoken at many community forums about the topic, which include a guest appearance on the Chicago Cable TV Network Program “Here We Are” and the Advocate South Suburban Hospital “Hospital News and Health Information” bulletin, Spring 2009. Dr. Austin is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and resides in the South Suburbs of Chicago.

Curriculum Vitae


Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
BS/Honors in Biology – Summa Cum Laude
From 8/1990 to 6/1994

Medical School

Northwestern University Medical School
Chicago, IL
Doctor of Medicine
From 8/1994 to 6/1998


West Suburban Hospital Family Practice Program
River Forest, Illinois
Family Practice M.D.
From 7/1998 to 6/2001

Subspecialty Interest

Women’s Health, Pediatrics


State – Illinois Year – 2000


American Board of Family Medicine Diplomate – 7/13/01
American Board of Family Medicine Re-certification – 8/2008

Hospital Appointment

Metro South, Blue Island, Illinois – Community Staff
Franciscan St James Hospital, Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields, Ill – Active Staff
Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, Ill – Active Staff


*2008-current Medical Director for “A Taste of Victory” (Annual Community Outreach Event) sponsored by Victory Apostolic Church, Matteson, IL