Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH

Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH, is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She is the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health and Justice. Dr. Gilliam serves as Dean for Diversity & Inclusion of the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division. She is Chief of the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research and Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Gilliam heads Ci3, a university-wide interdisciplinary research center. Dr. Gilliam is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

Within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Gilliam leads the NIH contraceptive clinical trials network, conducts qualitative and quantitative studies, and develops clinical and community health interventions to promote reproductive health and rights. In November 2012, she launched Ci3 at the University of Chicago to create research to describe and address the intersections between inequitable systems (e.g. education, economic, health) and the well-being of adolescents and young adults. Ci3 works with and on behalf of young people marginalized by race, class, and sexual orientation taking an asset- rather than risk-based approach to addressing sexual and reproductive health, educational attainment, physical safety, and economic security. Ci3 uses storytelling, game design, and technological interventions to empower young people and create policy change for young people domestically and internationally.

Dr. Gilliam’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, The National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Irving Harris Foundation, and others. She currently serves on the National Advisory Child Health Development Council as part of the Editorial Board of Contraception. She is a board member and past Board President of the Society of Family Planning, board member of Ibis Reproductive Health, as well as a board member and former Board Chair of the Guttmacher Institute. Dr. Gilliam has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree in philosophy and politics from Oxford University, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.