Dr. Vaishal Tolia was born in Queens, NY and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned undergraduate degrees in both Biology and Economics. He continued graduate studies at the University of Illinois where he completed a combined MD and MPH program with an emphasis on health policy and administration in 2004. As a fourth year medical student, he earned the student research award, University Alumni Association leadership award, as well as being a James Scholar. He continued his residency training at the University of Illinois Chicago in the combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine program where he graduated with the Academic Scholar Award in 2009. His research interests include patient safety, observation medicine, chest pain protocols, and curriculum development.