Effective January 1, 2021, Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health and Justice, will be named a Distinguished Service Professor. This honor bestowed by the President of The University of Chicago and approved by the Board of Trustees recognizes her outstanding contributions to the University, the Biological Sciences Division, and the field of Family Planning.

Dr. Gilliam came to the University of Chicago in 2005 as the founding Section Chief for Family Planning and Contraceptive Research, leading a team that combined clinical training, research, and policy. In 2012 she became Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division. Furthermore, in 2016 she became Vice Provost, a role that focuses on university leadership, faculty/chair development, recruitment and retention, and diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Gilliam, a member of the National Academy of Medicine since 2015, also oversees the Center for Identity & Inclusion; the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture. She works closely with the College, UChicagoGRAD, and the Office of Spiritual Life to foster an environment that supports full participation of the University’s members in the academic and professional life of our campus.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gilliam!

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