Melissa Gilliam

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics; Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research; Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division; and Director of Ci3
The University of Chicago

Melissa Gilliam is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics, Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research; Director of Ci3, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the BSD. She is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). Practicing since 1999, Gilliam helps children, teens and women age 25 and younger who have complex gynecologic problems or need routine care. She has expertise in providing preventive care and providing contraception to adolescents with other medical problems. Gilliam focuses on providing a youth-friendly atmosphere for girls and young women and works closely with other specialists across the University.

An active researcher, Gilliam's research focuses on contraception, family planning, youth development, and sexually transmitted infections. Specifically, she focuses on contraceptive use among teens and women who are at risk for unintended pregnancy.