Melissa A Simon

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Research Interests

Dr. Simon's primary research interests are aimed at promoting health equity and eliminating health disparities among low income, medically underserved women across the lifespan. Integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models, Dr. Simon's research focuses on interventions (such as patient navigation and community health outreach workers) that aim to reduce and eliminate such disparities. Within this context, Dr. Simon prefers to leverage culture and community to achieve these goals and thereby integrates community based participatory research framework into her work. She also has a strong portfolio of workforce development programs including the world's first healthcare pipeline development free massive open online course, "Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare" on the Coursera platform. She is the founding director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation and the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative. Finally, she serves as a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the National Academy of Medicine's Roundtable for the Promotion of Health Equity.

Certifications and Licenses

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Training Experience

2004Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital
2006Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Rush Medical College

… → 2000


  • Geriatrics
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Services Research
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Women's Health / Women's Reproductive Health
  • Cancer: Female Reproductive System (ovary, cervix, uterus)

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Grants 2006 2023

Clinical Trials
Patient Education

Research Output 2001 2019

Gestational diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors and disease in U.S. Hispanics/Latinas in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Perera, M. J., Reina, S. A., Elfassy, T., Potter, J. N. E., Sotres Alvarez, D., Simon, M. A., Isasi, C. R., Stuebe, A. M., Schneiderman, N. & Llabre, M. M., May 28 2019, In : Women and Health. 59, 5, p. 481-495 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gestational Diabetes
Hispanic Americans
Confidence Intervals
Odds Ratio

Gestational weight gain and group prenatal care: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Kominiarek, M., Lewkowitz, A. K., Carter, E., Fowler, S. A. & Simon, M. A., Jan 9 2019, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 19, 1, 18.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prenatal Care
Weight Gain
Randomized Controlled Trials
Confidence Intervals
7 Citations (Scopus)

Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

Curry, S. J., Krist, A. H., Owens, D. K., Barry, M. J., Caughey, A. B., Davidson, K. W., Doubeni, C. A., Epling, J. W., Grossman, D. C., Kemper, A. R., Kubik, M., Landefeld, C. S., Mangione, C. M., Silverstein, M., Simon, M. A., Tseng, C. W. & Wong, J. B., Feb 12 2019, In : JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association. 321, 6, p. 580-587 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Advisory Committees
Postpartum Period
Pregnant Women

Leveraging an Implementation Science Framework to Adapt and Scale a Patient Navigator Intervention to Improve Mammography Screening Outreach in a New Community

Simon, M. A., O’Brian, C. A., Kanoon, J. M., Venegas, A., Ignoffo, S., Picard, C., Allgood, K. L., Tom, L. & Margellos-Anast, H., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of Cancer Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient Navigation
Insurance Coverage
Hispanic Americans

Moonshot to cancer cure: Recruiting policy to break down silos

Simon, M. A., Cordova, E. & McKoy, J. M., Jan 1 2019, Cancer Treatment and Research. Springer International Publishing, p. 119-128 10 p. (Cancer Treatment and Research; vol. 171).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Public-Private Sector Partnerships
Drug Therapy