An expert in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, Melissa Gilliam helps children, teens and women age 25 and younger who have complex gynecologic problems or need routine care. Gilliam specializes in managing common problems such as bleeding, painful periods, breasts cysts and abnormal pap smears and complex problems requiring pelvic surgery. 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. She 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. In an effort to aid at-risk teens, Gilliam established the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). Part of this program involves empowering teens to address social issues through games, narratives and design. Gilliam and her research group also conduct clinical trials of new methods of contraception.