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Dr. Melissa Simon

Center for Civic Engagement, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies

Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences
Founder/Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation
Founder/Director, Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative
Co-Program Leader Cancer Control and Survivorship, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research
Faculty Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement
Faculty Member, Center for Reproductive Science
Leadership Council, Women's Health Research Institute


Areas of Focus

  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Women's health
  • Preventive health
  • Cancer disparities
  • Prenatal care disparities
  • Minority health
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Diversity in clinical trials


  • Cancer equity
  • Diversity in clinical trials
  • Education and training
  • Healthy aging
  • Patient navigation
  • Quality improvement for the medically underserved
  • Women’s reproductive health
  • Improving perinatal care for everyone, but specifically for African American women


Dr. Melissa Simon is the Founder and Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, a Northwestern Medicine physician, and co-program leader for cancer control and survivorship and outreach and engagement at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. She leads a diverse portfolio of research and directly impacts local, state, and national level policy regarding inclusion and health equity. Simon supports a large group of mentees that span from high school-aged students through junior faculty and created the first health care workforce development Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare.” She has been recognized with numerous leadership and mentoring awards including the Whitehouse recognition with the Presidential Award in Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentorship (PAESMEM) and the American Public Health Association’s Excellence Award for her research integrating Public Health and Medicine. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar through the Clinton, Bush and Johnson Foundations. She is a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the NAM Leadership Consortium Innovation Collaborative on Care, Culture and Decision-Making.