We are delighted to announce the appointment of Monica Peek, MD, MPH, as the Ellen H. Block Professor for Health Justice in the Department of Medicine, effective January 1, 2022.
Peek’s research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor-patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing healthcare discrimination and structural racism that impact health outcomes—including diabetes, COVID-19 and many more chronic conditions. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers and publications and has served as the principal investigator of multiple grants from institutions such as NIH/NIDDK, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation and the Merck Foundation, as mentioned in UChicago News.
She is the associate director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, the executive medical director of Community Health Innovation, and the director of research and associate director at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is also a senior associate editor for the journal Health Services Research, a member of the Executive Council for the American Diabetes Association, a member of the international advisory board for Physicians for Human Rights and a board member for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, reports UChicago News.
Peek has won numerous awards for community service and advocacy. She was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by Crain’s Chicago Business and has been ranked among Chicago magazine’s Top Female Physicians, which are notable achievements recognized by UChicago News.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Peek on this esteemed role, integral for promoting a diverse and inclusive campus community.