Faculty Profile

Monica Vela
Section of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine
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Associate Vice Chair for Diversity; Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs

Academic Interests

Dr. Vela is a leader in scholarship and education related to health care disparities and diversity in medicine. Dr. Vela piloted and implemented an innovative new curriculum in health care disparities which has now become an required course at the Pritzker School of Medicine. This work has been presented nationally and published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and has gained broad attention as it is one of the few required courses on health care disparities among American medical schools. Within PSOM, Dr. Vela plays an active role in the recruitment and support of students underrepresented in medicine. As the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity in the Department of Medicine Dr. Vela works to improve recruitment, retention, scholarship, leadership, and mentorship of residents and fellows, and faculty in an environment rich with cultural awareness, and sensitivity. She has made a major impact by increasing cultural diversity in medicine and improving minority health.

Clinical Interests

General Internal Medicine, Preventive Health Care.


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  • BS, 1989, University of Illinois, Psychology
  • MD, 1993, The University of Chicago,
  • Residency, 1996, The University of Chicago, Internal Medicine