Monica Peek, MD, MPH, specializes in general internal medicine and preventive health for adults. She has a particular interest in reducing health care disparities and concentrates these efforts on diabetes care and breast cancer-screening education for African American patients. Assoc. Prof. Peek is also associate director of The Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research at UChicago.
As principal investigator on two multi-year clinical studies to improve diabetes care and outcomes on the South Side of Chicago, a primarily working class African-American community with significant disparities in diabetes health outcomes such as lower extremity amputations.. Also, in her role as one of two inaugural faculty fellows in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence at the University of Chicago Medicine, she explores how racial and cultural barriers impact physician-patient relations and shared decision-making.
Assoc. Prof. Peek has been an invited speaker to many local and national medical meetings. She serves on the boards of several advocacy organizations and is regularly involved in community-based education activities. In addition, she is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts exploring health care disparities in minority populations.