Monica Peek is an associate professor at the University of Chicago, where she provides clinical care, teaches, and conducts health services research, with a focus on health disparities. Dr. Peek 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 for the University of Chicago Medicine. Her 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 health care discrimination and structural racism that impact health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19).
Dr. Peek 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, and the Merck Foundation. She is a senior associate editor for the journal Health Services Research and a recent member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality and the National Council for the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Peek was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” in Chicago and has been ranked among Chicago’s Top Female Physicians. She has been featured in national media outlets such as NPR, PRI/The World, CNN, Democracy Now, CBS, ABC, TIME Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, the Melissa Harris Perry show, and the Huffington Post.
Dr. Peek received her medical degree and master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University, and completed her residency training at Stanford University Hospital.