Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She is Chief of the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Fellowship in Family Planning and heads the Program in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. In her clinical work, Dr. Gilliam treats the gynecologic needs of children and young women up to the age of 22.
Dr. Gilliam is an accomplished researcher and widely published in the peer review literature. Her research draws on qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and address issues that affect young women. She is particularly interested in studying vulnerable populations at risk of unintended pregnancy due to health care disparities including low-income populations, women of diverse racial/ethnic groups, and adolescents. She has initiated several community based research projects that seek to identify adolescent attitudes towards sexual activity, pregnancy and contraceptive practices. Dr. Gilliam also seeks to find innovative approaches to major public health problems affecting adolescents and women. She has served as the principal investigator and sub-investigator on several clinical trials that investigated the safety, efficacy, acceptability and experiences of young women using birth control.
Dr. Gilliam's research is funded by private foundations, The National Institutes of Health, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Centers for Disease Control. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Contraception and is the consultant editor for global issues for Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the President-Elect of the Board of The Society of Family Planning and is the former Board Chairman of the Guttmacher Institute.
Dr. Gilliam received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. in philosophy and politics from Oxford University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a M.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago.