Kristen W. Marzejon, CMI

certified medical illustrator and graphic designer | 847.970.8279   


I am fortunate to have been able to make a career combining my two loves — art and science.  As a child, art was always my favorite past time. And in school, understanding living things and how things worked interested me most. After completing a degree in Biology and minor in Art from Ripon College, WI, I went on to the graduate program for Biomedical Visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This education was invaluable to the success I have achieved today. See below for more details about my career.


Board Certified Medical Illustrator with Master of Associated Medical Sciences degree in biomedical illustration with accomplished skill in traditional and digital illustration techniques

Accomplished skill in publications layout and editorial design, scientific exhibit design and production, and pre-press/print production

Detail-oriented with the ability to oversee/produce several projects simultaneously




Huntley, IL   |  1990-Present

Operate independent freelance business, performing medical illustration and design services for a wide range of clients

Client List:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics

American Medical Association

CAP Learning, Chicago

Cooper University Health Care, New Jersey

Elsevier, Inc.

Global Publishing, Sydney

Jobson Medical

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Pearson Education

Princeton Review

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Iowa


Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center/Rush University

Chicago, IL   |   1990-2001

Illustrator/designer in large teaching hospital

Produce medical illustration for surgical, anatomical and patient education publications, presentations, textbooks and large scale exhibits

Design and layout hospital and university print materials, including brochures, newsletters, booklets, and patient education systems, and coordinate printing

Produce scientific/research exhibits



University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Master of Associated Medical Sciences in Biomedical Visualization

Ripon College, Ripon, WI

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Art Minor



Highly Commended Award, British Medical Association for illustrating Netter’s Correlative Imaging: Abdomen and Pelvic Anatomy, 2013

Best Overall Communications, Chicago Metro Area United Way Communications Contest, 1997

Certified Medical Illustrator, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1997-Present

First Place Poster Design, Chicago Metro Area United Way Communications Contest, 1996

Employee of the Year, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, 1995

First Place Poster Design, Chicago Metro Area United Way Communications Contest, 1994

Salon Award for Student Medical Line, Association of Medical Illustrators, 1990

Association of Medical Illustrators Member, 1990-Present



So first off, you are amazing! Second, it looks great! Third, I can’t believe it!

Wow! It looks amazing — even better than I thought it could be.

OMG... you are amazing!!!!

You were a real life saver these past few days ... and I really appreciate it.

Thank YOU!!!

I called some people into my office to look at your work. They were all amazed.

Thanks again. Magic…indeed!

Wow...this is beautiful.

Looks great as usual...many thanks

In a world…where everything is a challenge and nothing is easy, there is you — a little ray of sunshine I can always count on to brighten my day. A very sappy, dramatic way of saying thank you for this!

If you have any awesome designers you could send me, I’d appreciate it. I do – my freelancer Kristen who is AMAZING……she beats and handles incredible deadlines – Kristen W. Marzejon



The CMI after my name means "Certified Medical Illustrator." To become certified, an illustrator must attend and graduate from one of four accredited masters programs in North America, or have comparable experience. Then a comprehensive certification exam must be passed, after which a professional portfolio is submitted for Board review. To maintain certification, an illustrator must earn continuing education credits through approved classes and workshops. I earned my certified status in 1997.


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