William Markey was born in February 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. His formative years took place in Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio, both suburbs of Cleveland. His father was a physician, practicing general medicine and obstetrics in an Eastern European ethnic neighborhood of Cleveland, and his mother was a registered nurse.

Dr. Markey attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. His major studies were chemistry with minor studies in biology. He also worked as an instructor in a zoology lab in 1967 at Vanderbilt University. In December 1966 he was employed as a medical orderly in the Rehabilitation Unit at University Hospitals in Cleveland. In September 1967 he began his studies in medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During that time he performed laboratory research at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital with a medical school thesis on The Effects of Hypoxia and Fetal Brain Metabolism. Dr. Markey graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and did his medical internship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 until 1974 he finished his medical residency training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and became board certified in internal medicine in 1974.  

In July 1974 he was a Major in the United States Air Force Medical Corps at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. Leaving the service in 1976, he received an Air Force Commendation Medal on July 15, 1976. He returned to Rush Medical Center where he spent two years as a fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology. At that time he studied gastroenterology and hepatology and finished that training in 1978, receiving board certification in Gastroenterology in June 1979. Following his training he worked as an internist and gastroenterologist on the north side of Chicago at an Anchor HMO office and then became the Clinical Director of Internal Medicine at Sheridan Road Hospital, a satellite hospital of Rush Medical Center, from July 1979 until July 1982. He also was Coordinator of Medical Affairs at that hospital until July 1982. In 1982 he transferred his activities to what was then called Grant Hospital of Chicago, where he became Section Chief of Gastroenterology. He participated in teaching programs in internal medicine at Grant Hospital until the program ceased in 1996. In January 1999 he became Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Grant Hospital and in January 2001 became President of the Medical Staff at Grant Hospital of Chicago, subsequently renamed Lincoln Park Hospital.

Dr. Markey has had a number of elected positions including Secretary of the House Staff Association at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital from 1973 to 1974. Since 1987 he has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is presently a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine in Chicago in 1981. He is also a member of the American Gastroenterological Association as well as the Chicago Society of Gastroenterology. On May 31, 2003, he was named the Honorary Chairman of the Fairygodmother Foundation dinner which was held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum. He has numerous publications including those in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Journal, and Gastroenterology. He is an active member of the Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter of the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America, being a long time member of its Medical Advisory Committee.  He is on the Director’s Committee of the Global Medical Foundation, a nonprofit organization which travels throughout the world, donating their skills, equipment, and offering teaching exchanges to less fortunate areas of the world.  He has visited Lviv, Ukraine, and Arad, Romania with this organization.

Dr. Markey is married and has three children and seven grandchildren. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Australia. His hobbies include music and stamp collecting.

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