Dr. Melissa A. Simon

George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology and Vice Chair of Clinical Research


Melissa Simon is the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology, Vice Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a Northwestern Medicine physician. Her professional career is dedicated to promoting health and health care equity for culturally diverse communities via community-engaged approaches to research, training, and education. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, she completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Chicago, her medical degree at Rush Medical College, and her residency at Yale University. She is the mother of four young children and spends her spare time mentoring future scientists and healthcare professionals. She has received numerous leadership and mentoring awards, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Mentor of the Year Award and the American Medical Association Foundation Outstanding Leader in Medicine Award. Dr. Simon’s students and mentees have won competitive scholarships, been accepted at prestigious colleges and universities, and have gone on to pursue a wide range of health careers. For more information about her research and teaching, visit Dr. Simon’s Lab website :